Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Small World contd.
There are over 98,000 motorbikes in London. A friend Cres, riding one of them, a 1962 Honda CB72 (an ex-HRC bike that had been raced on the Isle of Man back in the day) gets flagged down by a total stranger riding a Honda FTR 233 street tracker. Over the Supertrapp din the mystery rider shouts "Do you know Sideburn?!" - "???!!!" thinks Cres. He bears absolutely no reference to Sideburn by way of stickers or other, and his bike bears no resemblance to anything even vaguely flat track. "Err Yes, Ben is a mate of mine" he continues. And thats it, the light turns green and they race off to their respective destinations. Later Cres phones another good friend 'Dirty Whitewalls' Morales and recounts the strange meeting. But he had already heard the story from mystery rider who was in fact a friend - Mark Eley, of Eleykishimoto fame, who was on his way to a meeting with Gary and me - not that we had ever met him before. Mark had contacted us via the SideBlog and we invited him to join us in an Exmouth Market cafe where we were having a sort of open AGM brainstorming with various collaborators swinging by; including Stephen White and Death Spray Custom. I was to spend the evening at 'Whitewalls' place, and the coincidences just rolled on. It was like being in a Jim Jarmusch movie but more fun... BP