Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Oliver’s dad, Derek Brindley had joined the experts in Hof where he was doing well until he lost control in turn three, taking Tom van Nes with him. Unfortunately Tom was not able to restart and we wish him a speedy recovery. Mick & Jan-Willem Jansen and Stefan Gatzenmeier were constantly battling and it promised and exciting final. JW Jansen made the hole shot and took the lead. On lap 3, an over enthusiastic Gatzenmeier took Brindley out in turn 3 causing a multi rider pile up involving Mick Jansen, Halbe Scheper and Wiemer Borger. Derek Brindley hurt his foot and was not able to join the inline restart. JW Jansen used his advantage of the inline start and took the victory, follewed by Gatzenmeier and Scheper.
1. #15 Jan-Willem Jansen, Adetswil (CH), dutch-brothers Harley-Davidson
2. #70 Stefan Gatzenmeier, Ruhpolding (D), KTM
3. #28 Halbe Scheper, Emmer-Compascuum (NL), Jorrissen-Wood-Suzuki
4. #25 Wiemer Borger, Opende (NL), Brandoil KTM
5. #16 Mick Jansen, Utrecht (NL), dutch-brothers Harley-Davidson
6. #46 Leo Eibl, Poking(D), Yamaha
7. #80 Thomas Weigl, Berching (D), W&W KTM
1st. Stefan Gatzenmeier 77pts
2nd Jan-Willem Jansen 68pts
3rd Mick Jansen 63pts
4th Roman Janostak 35pts
5. Tom van Nes 35pts
Coming up: round 7, Lelystad (NL) 2 October
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Back in the early 1990s I was working on Motor Cycle News in England. The editor, (the now late) Peter Bolt, was generous enough to give me a weekly column (no, not a morally questionable disciplinary session in his office, but a full page for me to ruin). The best part of the whole deal was being able to commission a young artist called Amanda Hutt to illustrate my words. Given that I rarely thought about what I’d write about till the pressure of deadlines forced me to, it was pretty tough on her, having to turn around these lovely pieces of art in a couple of days. I think the last column I wrote was in about 1992.
Anyway, for my 40th birthday, my ever-thoughtful wife got in touch with Amanda and bought four of the original pieces (one photo came out badly and I’m too lazy to re-shoot it as it’s now under glass). Fantastic present, they're about 2ft x 1ft (60cm x 30cm). They sat well-wrapped in a cupboard for six years, waiting for the right place to hang them. We moved house earlier this year and now I’ve got the perfect couple of walls. MP
Monday, 29 August 2011
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Let me know what you think. Love the magazine.
Lovely job Mark.
Friday, 26 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
1) Mosquito net made from deep fat fryer anti-splatter mesh gaffer tapped to branch. Vain attempt to de-larvae new pond of 1 trillion mosquitos before they become vampires and decimate the neighborhood.
2) Superlight pressed aluminium ramp, trouble is it could be doing with an extra foot longer, making bike loading a lot easier. Now have heavy extendable Multispaz wheelchair ramp (to the left) which is the biz.
3) Dual-sport broom and Swingerball - 'get fit and tidy up'. That'll be the day.
4) Dual-sport knobblies for my CCM - 'interchange between street and off-road wheels in minutes'. That'll be the day, I've had these for 3 years and they still haven't made it on the bike.
5) battery charger for frying already dead batteries.
6) Kids merry-go-round MV Augusta inc 6 megaphone exhaust. Only missing the screen. Originally planned a trad red/silver paint job, but now thinking Wrench Monkees stylee.
7) DIY work table made from odds'n'sods.
8) 'Dr on call' style tool box. This has all my electrical diagnostic stuff in.
9) Street-find shelf with draws. Crap and water sodden before I got to it. Why did I bother?
10) 'on the road' tool bag for essential get-you-home fettling/breakdowns. Its been to Spain and back strapped to my brothers C15 BSA. Very sentimental. Just learnt from Drogo that its actually originally a 'Lord of the Manor' shotgun cartridge bag.
11) Harro Elefantenboy tank bag. This thing is amazing. Opens up in 3 tiers with a map window in the top. Perfect as a wardrobe bungeed on to my Guzzi. It's been everywhere.
12) Crap mini chest of draws. Now so trapezoid the draws don't open without a fight.
13) Davos toboggan. The Best. With a smeer of seal pup fat on the rails, so much faster than the modern plastic ones.
14) What more wheels?! 17" that came on the CCM when I bought it. Tomahawk re-mould tyres, cheap as chips, very sticky.
15) "Don't make 'em like they used to" assorted spades and hoes. £4 a pop from local house-clearance junk shop. All my new ones are bent or broken.
16) Broken in 1/2 Moulton bicycle frame. It's already donated some bits to modify my new one.
17) Assorted 3/4 empty tins of paint.
18) (sigh....) repro 'Made in China' Raleigh Chopper seat bought on eBAy alongside shagged real one. Embarked on restoration of all-original bike, only to find buying new parts on eBAy would be cheaper than re-chroming etc the original, but then realized you end up with a bottle-top quality pastiche.
19) Trusty 4b'2 shelf brought over from my Amsterdam photo studio. Daft if you consider the bulk and hassle, but not if you consider there is no better. Ikea is the pits.
20) Euro Trash Co-Burn CCM one day this will be a tidy looker. Promise.
21) Maneki Neko lucky cat bought in Nieuwmarkt, it rakes in ca$h. Yeah right.
22) Gemeente Amsterdam galvanized rubbish bin. Simple pleasure every time I kick the lid up.
23) Tinfoil robot made for kids birthday. They were terrified.
24) Classic pegboard. Various instruments of torture should Jamie decide he wants a hair cut round mine.
25) Cornerstone of my project sleeper chop. Always thought it was a German Simson Schwalbe but just had a Google to check, and it's not.
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
"Following stringent, non scientific criteria outlined bellow, the Dr. has been busy collecting items 'fit for purpose' for his new CoBuilt project.
1. Does it look pretty / cool or better still both: ✓
2. Do I have an irrational need to own it: ✓
3. Is there almost no chance it will fit / work: ✓
A secondhand only rule is strictly in place, I can't understand why 2nd hand is cheaper than new. To think I buy something that has been through a rigorous series of tests to show it works, and pay less for it is, is mind boggling!
First up the 'Zeta clutch lever'. Now we all know two of anything is better than one, and this little fella has two levers! I have no idea what the second one is for, but I'm bouncing up and down with the possibilities....To think it could be the summons for a butler to serve refreshments between races is just too exciting. I simply wont let the the reality of not having a butler get in the way of such a
brilliant idea. Better still, it can't break, that's right, when I break due to the aforementioned sacristy of talent, I can rest assured from my hospital bed that my little 'Zeta' is just dandy. Maybe it can pull it's own lever and make use of the butler I don't have during my convalesce!Next up, let me introduce my new tank, 'The Dazzler'. This ingenious item is my multi tasking new best friend. Lets start with how it makes me feel all fresh and young by being older than me, which is much cheaper than a hair transplant! Secondly with the aid of further global warming and thus more sunshine, I'm certain its going to blind anyone trying to overtake me on the outside of a corner. Petty, underhand racing advantage in the style of 'Wacky Racers' can only be a good thing when my own natural talent is so scarce...."- BP:
You nut job.
Did you you do the 'end of the bed' test? Prop said item up on your footboard before going to bed; or if you dont have one, then dressing table, chair, windowsill etc
Have sweet dreams about it, and wake up with it gazing at you. And the test is 'Does it still look sexy the morning after'?
The second deformed lever is not for bottle tops but a decompression lever (usually for older single cylinder bikes) but your bike doesnt need it. The butler summons is much more useful anyhow.
"Nut job indeed, I'm a beacon of clear thinking whilst all around me people stumble through a muddled fog....
The bed test was actualized last night (I love that word, so middle management), a crescent of components arching across the chest of draws at the end of our bed, Mrs made odd noises that sounded like "inappropriate" & "weirdo" but I cannot of heard right. I awoke awash with piecing dawn light & they looked as lovely as ever.
The lever news is just fantastic, what is better that a lever without a associated command? So I've just bought a small pull bell on a silken, tasseled cord to butler summon with. Better news still is I now finally have a name for the bike, 'The Dazzler of Downton Abbey'....."
Monday, 22 August 2011
Wiles the winner in practice.
The UK's Tom Woolley and Ben Baker were spectating during their US tour and made it on the AMA FT site! Ben is rocking a Jacapo Monti patch. They're talking to former GNC racer and current AMA official Steve Morehead.
Wiles on his way to victory.
Pro Singles practice. They're all wearing their Metro Racing Gary Nixon tribute shirts. Well done Don and Peg for organising that.
Crazy lines. Look at 92, Kevin Vance some getting mid-air lean on!
Sammy Halbert came third, a place behind Jared Mees. He now leads the GNC combined championship by just 3pts.
Chris Carr and Rob Pearson.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
It's just about the most complicated sport on the planet, with a cast of thousands involved, but it still makes good viewing. We had a family day out watching the Lincolnshire Bombers A and B teams v Manchester and Newcastle yesterday. It was good to see a couple of Sideburn readers there (as amused and bemused as me). And it's going to be great to mix roller derby in with bikes, the world's only Rollerball drag race and other stuff at ROLLERBURN. G
Matt Weidman battles with Kawasaki's Shaun Russell.
10 Johnny Lewis continued his great season with a second.
Jake Johnson was fourth.
Jethro Halbert beat his brother Sammy for the first time this season. Fifth in the main.
Jimmy Wood, another rider to choose Kawasaki.
Chris Carr, 4, out in front in a heat. There are only a few races left of his Farewell Season.
Sammy had an uncharacteristically bad weekend 14th in the main. He leads the GNC race as we write this.
Brad Baker's Lloyd Brothers Ducati didn't make the main this time. Five Kawasakis and Shawn Baer's Bonneville Performance Triumph did though.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
AMA Pro Racing has been informed by Indy Mile officials that the tragic events of August 13 -- in which an overhead stage-rigging structure collapsed in high winds, killing five and injuring dozens -- has resulted in the cancellation of Round 15 on the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track calendar.
"A series of investigations into the causes of the accident have commenced," stated the promoters' release. "The examination of the wreckage is expected to continue for an indefinite period of time. This has forced the closing of the Grandstand and one-mile dirt track to events until the investigation is completed and the debris is removed."
Mike who usually organises training at Rye house is not around at the end of August. So myself and Guy have stepped in to organise a days training on the excellent track at Rye House.
The Rye House Rockets have a speedway meeting in the afternoon so it's an early start and finish.
Riding will start at 10am and finish at 2pm. We need to be clear of the site by 3pm
Its £40 per rider Inc a medic and insurance.
If you want to ride you need to email me in advance with your licence number. If you dont have one we need to organise a day licence.
Please dont turn up on the day and expect to ride
If you don't have a bike but want to try email anyway!
usefultone @ hotmail.com
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Got that? Is it a '66 Sportster engine with Andrews cams (Nockenwellen!) and stuff? Anyway, view it here. Thanks to Dan of Flailings for the tip-off. GI