Monday, 15 December 2014

"Bonneville Ride" by Little Barrie

I love this video for ‘Bonneville Ride’ by Little Barrie. It features original grasstrack racing footage from the 1970’s which includes bassman Lewis Wharton's father, Lewis Wharton snr, on the sidecar No 69 interspersed with clips from the Little Barrie gig at The 100 Club, London on 10th June 2014.


Lewis Wharton's Puma Sidecar Project

In the world of motorcycle restoration, grass-track racing machines are not the most popular choice, so how pleased I am to see that Little Barrie Bassman Lewis Warton has chosen to restore an old Puma sidecar grasstrack outfit. You can follow his step-by step restoration at his excellent Vintage Grasstrack blog, While you're at it, check out some of Lewis's excellent motorcycle related artwork and Little Barrie's bluesy, garagey, psychedelic adventures in music....

Lewis is not only a musician, biker, blogger and grasstrack fan, but a talented artist too.... a vison of what the Puma outfit will look like when completed. I can't wait to see this bike cutting up the grass.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Brough Motor Club in days gone-by.

A meeting of the Brough Motor Club at the Punch Bowl Inn, Stainmore nr Brough.
The only rider I have identified is "Gilly" Allison, an AJS works rider from the late 1920s
Norman Pickersgill at Bowes. 


Monday, 5 August 2013

Ford in the ford...

The mighty River Keekle in Cleator Moor, Cumbria, claimed its latest victim this morning ....

 It took five fire engine crews to rescue the occupants of this car when they tried to drive through the swollen ford at Mill Hill. I took one look at the ford and quickly decided nah - today's a day to cycle over the bridge! I'd love to see their insurance claim. —

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Matchless & Norton

One of my pleasures in life is seeing old motorcycles used as they were intended, so you can imagine the smile on my face when I saw these two parked up at Dalegarth in the Eskdale valley earlier this week. Unfortunately I didn't see the riders to ask more about them, but either of them would have a good home in my garage.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Olle Ahnstrom, nonogenarian biker.

This guy is an inspiration to us all... Olle Ahnstrom has been riding motorcycles for over 60 years and there's no sign of him hanging up the leathers yet.

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Ice racing returned to Hallstavik in Sweden back in February 2013, the first meeting at the track since 1959. The meeting was won by Ornskoldsvik, who featured 15 year old prospect Ove Ledstrom in their line up. At the other end of the age spectrum was 94 year old Olle Ahnstrom who took part in some demonstration laps aboard his Jawa machine prior to the meeting. He proved that he can still handle an ice bike very well and rode almost as fast as some of the less experienced riders in the league match that followed. Ahnstrom was born in 1919 and first rode speedway for Tigrarna in the Swedish dirt-track league in 1948. He regularly rides with a group of like-minded racers in Sweden, guys who are definitely NOT growing old gracefully... see more about the Veteran Ice Racing and Speedway scene in Sweden here

Olle with his wife Marta in 2006

Olle getting it sideway on the dirt
Vitali Russkikh organised a veterans meeting at the Russian Lukhovitsy track recently too, which featured some legendary ice racers from the past 50 years. Dubbed the Race of Legends, the championship was held as a memorial to Russian racer Vladimir Tsibrov. The average age of the competitors was around 55, and at 64 years old, Per Olof Serenius of Sweden was the only rider who is still riding competitively. His race fitness paid off as "Posa" won the meeting with maximum points. The meeting featured 8 former World Ice Speedway Champions including Serenius, Jarmo Hirvasoja, Sergei Tarabanko, Vladimir Suchov, Juri Ivanov and Kyril Drogalin with the two Czech riders Antonin Svab and Milan Spinka as meeting reserves. The oldest rider in the meeting was 69 year old Conny Fastesson. Going by the example of Olle Ahnstrom, these guys will still be riding for many years to come.

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Disenchanted City Boy who rode out of the fast lane and into the back lanes! Life on Two Wheels is so much fun.