Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Iron Maiden

We're flattered with propositions from around the world, for new stories '....that may be of interest to Sideburn?', as way back when we printed the first issue, we were seriously worried how soon the well of suitable and original material would dry up. Plus, it's no good just banging a magazine together with 4"-b'-2" and a few rusty nails, we decided from the beginning we would only include stories and photography of worth, and make a magazine we'd want on our own coffee table. So how to sort the wheat from the chaff? Sideburn is not Wikipedia.
Would a Wiki' researcher cross-dress as a pensioner in piss-stained nylons, just so they could go deep-cover and gain access to restricted MI5 files on a Lady speedway star from the 1920s? A Sideburn researcher would. - Well not me personally, but Mick Phillips would. And did. He has written the inside story on infamous Fay Taylour for SB#5. And we even had to go as far as New Zealand to get the photos.

Incase you are wondering, 3/4s of the next issue is now completed; we will trickle feed you teasers as we finish it off. BP

You wouldn't want to get you goulies on the wrong side of this steel log-splitter. Mick Phillips had another close shave.


Nick said...


dave skooter farm said...

"Winkle-Picker Steel Shoe Blues" by Bernard Cribbins.

stevie coles said...

last seen "front pointing" up a frozen waterfall in zermatt!.

J.N. Heath said...

If you are looking for story ideas, in the '70s A&A Racing built a TZ 350 (three-fifty) flat tracker that Ray Abrams told me killed the Harleys on the mile first time out. Apparently KR rode it. H-D got a rule change that prevented the TZ 350 tracker from racing again. What I know is at the URL below, with a photo, but it seems a hugely interesting untold story:


Sideburn Magazine said...

That certainly is a worthy story JNH
which came first the 350 or the more infamous 750TeeZee I presume?
could you get more info & photos of the bike?

J.N. Heath said...

I'll ask.

If you get anywhere near San Francisco, a pilgrimage to A&A is in order. Marvels to see there, from old preserved trackers from the golden days to ongoing projects destined for glory on the track.

Ray Abrams built and worked on a lot of legendary flat trackers, but when he stood next to the 350 and spoke of it, I got the feeling he had a special soft spot for that little bike.