It’s nearly 30c in October. In England. Mad. There’s only one way to cool down and that’s to act like you’re 14 again and rip around the fields on a little 125. This is our mate Gareth on the unofficial “coolest bike in the world” my ‘71 Yamaha AT1. I grabbed Gareth’s camera after he’d took some shots for us (garethhacker.com).
Kop Hill Climb
On Sunday I attended yet another great car and bike event, this time Kop Hill Climb in leafy Buckinghamshire, England. At the risk of the lovely ‘Spiritista’ getting a little bored of seeing static pictures of the greatest vehicles ever made (as if you would!), I thought I’d give you a hand-picked selection to gawp at… Love these bikes - so seventies it hurts! Nice Brough… Mmm… My fave of the day, beautiful Perspective makes this E-Type look tiny dunnit? This was quite fast… Who remembers Tony Ponds? My mate Richard’s lovely Riley MPH Great Scott (ha!), sounded amazing, went...
We’ve done a few shows this year but Chelsea was something else. It has a unique feel and even the hideous British summer couldn’t dampen the spirits. The quality of the vehicles on display was simply stunning, as Kev said, “Where else could you walk past a McLaren F1 and not notice it?” The only time I’d ever seen an Isso Griffo was on my Top Trumps cards as a kid. Good card to have as I recall as it’s got a massive 5.4L - 7L engine depending upon spec. Ferrari 250 SWB. Does it get any better? Perhaps it...
Spirit feature in MCN
Sorry to bump the lovely Karla (ahem) but I can proudly report that Spirit have been featured in Motorcycle News this week, a double page spread no less! Quite surreal after reading the paper for nearly 20 years and a real pat on the back for our, and Martin’s, hard work. Group hug! And thanks to Mykel for the photos and the artwork, good man.
Mike popped in for a brew on Saturday after a ride out on his RF900, a bike that he really loves. I must admit that it’s a model that I dismissed many years ago for no other reason than the, err, challenging styling. There’s no getting away from the fact that the rear appears to be have designed by a different team to the front. It’s long, flat and at odds with the front. However, it’s different, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It reminded me of the Lamborghini Design 90, built by the French company Boxer-Bike in 1986....
Chelsea AutoLegends Part 1
I’ll do the day justice in the week but for now here’s a taster of the exotica that was on display, none other than the Pink Panther’s car. Altogether now.. “Think of all the animals…”