Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ride On Mr Tingley

It is with a heavy heart I learned of the passing of one of my most pivotal childhood mentors, Cedric Tingley. Ced left this earth just 6 days shy of his 100th birthday. Mr Tingley graciously fostered my love of motorcycles, taught me to ride safely and generously showed me almost everything else I could latch on to about being a great friend, father, well rounded man and role model. We'll all miss his smile, charming chuckle, wisdom and Maine-ism punctuated sentences with "Ayuh." I've written more than I feel up to saying about him here before. I can't thank you enough old friend. You touched my life, made me a better man and I will never forget you.

Newsreel - Development of the Roll Royce Merlin

I spotted this gem through British Ironworks Brian. Brian finds the coolest stuff.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Paint Chip Cuda

The legendary "Paint Chip Cuda" appeared in Plymouth’s 1970 “Rapid Transit System” brochure as a brilliant means to demonstrate the 25 paint hues available to buyers that year.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Glenn Miller A2

I spotted one of these Avirex Glenn Miller A2's in a store in 1988. At the time I was a very active bassist and wanted one desperately. It didn't however fit into my starving musician budget very well. I never forgot it. I've still wanted one for nearly 30 years. Avirex stopped making them in the early 1990's. Guess what I got for my birthday today! Rob, Lynn and Joey, you guys are incredible! It means more to me than I can even say.

MX Camp

My Mom & Dad generously sent me to the Suzuki School of Motocross the summer between 8th and 9th grade. It was a fantastic experience. I learned a ton and got both WAY faster and smoother. The school was hosted at the then famous Carlsbad GP raceway. I remember being so excited about riding the same track the best riders in the world then rode.

When my wife texted me the MX camp ad below a few days ago the whole thing came flooding back. I haven't wanted to be 30 years younger so much in a long time. That said, I'm super thankful motorcycles are still such an enjoyable part of my life, even if I can't clear an 80' triple jump.

 If you have a kid the camp would be suitable for... send them!