Vans Syndicate x Chaz Bojorquez

Here we take a bit of a closer look at the Vans Syndicate x Chaz Bojorquez collaboration sneakers, that are part of the Vans Syndicate Spring 07 collection and in stores now.
Chaz Bojorquez is one of the O.G. East Los Angeles "Cholo" style graffiti writers and has been doing it for over 40 years now. His artwork had major impact on the aesthetic of early 70's skateboarding through the DogTown crew. The collaboration consists of a Sk8 Hi and a Slip On. The artwork has been embroidered onto the sneakers, indicating brush strokes of his art. Also there is a signature embroidery on the inside collar lining and the CS symbol on the tongue labels and heel embroidery. Lots of details, exactly what we expect from the Syndicate line!

Chaz Bojorquez believes that true self expression comes from the soul. At an early age, in the 1950's he experienced the graffiti tradition of the East Los Angeles Mexican-Americans. Los Angeles 'Cholo' style graffiti was dictated by an honored code of writing. Allegiance to that code of traditional writing brought you respect.


surf photography

I like these pics especially for their incomparable water colors and clean conditions of shoot 
great job Stephane!
check the Website from this south man

Que Honda Cholo ... ?

A cholo is term implying a Hispanic male that typically dresses in chinos (khahki pants), a wifebeater sleeveless teeshirt or a flannel shirt with only the top buttoned, a hairnet, or with a bandana around the forehead, usually halfway down over the eyes. Cholos often have black ink tattoos, commonly involving Catholic imagery, or calligraphy messages or family names.

cholo clothes
a variety of styles that are frequantly worn by cholos and cholotes. 2 of the most common are: the big ass long t shirt/tunic with classic long short that go below the knee, with white cotton socks that hit the knee and old school black nike's the second most common is the prisoner look, dickie pants with prison like shirt, but may also be worn with a super huge shirt that is button on the very top button and unobotten on the rest with whit t shirt under, and the huge long belt that acts like a tail

Earthquake Rattles Southern California...

LOS ANGELES — A moderate earthquake, the largest in Southern California since 1999, struck 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. It swayed buildings and tossed food off grocery store shelves, but there were no reports of major injuries or damage.

Hi Come ... How are you my boy ? Is everything fine in Crescent ?


The Irving Project

Ken Horner started in early 1999 with an idea to build a Vincent engine for personal use which has managed to grow legs into a major project.
Ken has set a goal to not only replicate the Vincent engine but to bring it into the 21st century with unique design and manufacturing techniques. Taking on board the input of many enthusiasts and industry associates has helped to steer the project along an interesting and challenging development curve which is now showing some impressive results.


mooooonnnsterrrrr biiiiike!!!!

In comparison with this machine, a harley is girl's motorcycle...

rocket3 the bike for the real male, 
i'am too small, thierry is the male !



So Laurent ready for next week 2008 coyotes edition ?

hi everyone don't forget next week rendez vous in nogaro gascogne track!!!

Freeman (I Am) Live in Egypt...

Just to feel the heat of the Desert sun from Cairo

ballad in WeeWee land

yesterday with our mate benoit(zecombi )and my wife Tania we brought back home her 64 polar grey sedan beetle after overhauling at Roadservices shop and benoit's 75 westfallia camper.I knew there was a German biergarten on the road, so we decided to make a stop for a couple of "Beck's" and " bayerische menu" . I think now we are ready for summer!


Next stop ... Benin (Africa)

From August 3rd to the 18th i will be in Africa (Benin) with my family for a couple weeks vacations, will let u know when i come back ...

Located in West Africa, Benin is a coastal country with the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the neighboring countries of the Sahel region to the north.
Benin has enjoyed political stability, peace, and constant economic growth for the past two decades.
The promotion of democracy, human rights, and good governance constitutes the priorities of the Beninese government.
The people of Benin are a people to discover for their legendary hospitality.

From approximately 1300-1600, three major migratory movements took place resulting in the population of the area now known as Benin. The first was the movement of the Yoruba people from Nigeria; second was the movement of the Ashanti people from Ghana; and the third, and most significant for the history of Benin, was the movement of the “Alladahanou” people from Tado, in the south-east of what is now Togo. This group, led by three brothers, initially settled in Allada. While the oldest brother became the king of Allada, the others left around 1625 and established two other kingdoms: one in what is now Porto Novo and one near Abomey. Around 1645, the Abomey kingdom conquered the neighboring kingdom of Dan and thus became known as “Dahomey,” which means “in the belly of Dan” in Fon.
Wanna know more : http://benintourisme.com/


martin frame

this is a martin frame from the seventies, built by Georges Martin , this one is gone back from nickel plating in spain and will receive a Z1000 engine. Georges Martin is a true french motorcycling legend . He has built frames for japanese superbikes since the seventies , but also several cars as, GT 40 and AC cobra replica, and now he can buit seeley frames for your english superstar.


my homespot

my homespot on a clean off-shore november afternoon, i remember clearly this day, my friends too...


A Norton Manx history

From 1930, single cylinder overhead camshaft Nortons dominated road racing around the globe. Indeed, so widespread was Norton's racing success, production models were named "International". In post war years, success continued unabated for the silver and black Nortons; GP victories continuing to 1969, some 7 years after the last 'Manxes' were built!
Thanks to :http://www.nortonmanx.com.au/

trip to "white" quercy part II

Authorities order bars not to serve black people

Tom Miller
July 18,2008

In our series looking at preparations for the Games, Tom Miller reports on plans to crack down on "undesirables" in the bars of Beijing

Beijing authorities are secretly planning to ban black people and others it considers social undesirables from entering the city's bars during the Olympic Games, a move that would contradict the official slogan, "One World, One Dream".

Bar owners near the Workers' Stadium in central Beijing say they have been forced by Public Security Bureau officials to sign pledges agreeing not to let black people enter their premises.

"Uniformed Public Security Bureau officers came into the bar recently and told me not to serve black people or Mongolians," said the co-owner of a western-style bar, who asked not to be named.

The local authorities have been cracking down on blacks and Mongolians in an attempt to stamp out drug dealing and prostitution ahead of the Games, the proprietors said.

Continued on : http://olympics.scmp.com/Article.aspx?id=1300


Pioneers of American Motorcycle Racing

In July of 1908, on a "borrowed" Indian prototype, DeRosier set a quarter-mile record at the Paterson, New Jersey velodrome. Jake's average speed was 68.2 mph and he won the three-mile race on the same day in a shade over 3 minutes. As a result of this performance, the 28 year-old cyclist was added to the official Indian team. While riding for Indian DeRosier gained fame quickly, having a talent for close drafting and an eye for the fastest line around the track.

Courtesy of Daniel K. Statnekov


Legendary Surfers

Aloha! And welcome to this chapter of LEGENDARY SURFERS.

Surfing year 1962 The surfing year 1962 saw the first rides on the outer reef at Pipeline. The Makaha International Surfing Championship was still the big-wave yardstick by which all competitive surfers were judged. And, back in California, the surfboard industry was booming...
Thanks to
Malcolm Gault-Williams



Wesco Boots

After dedicating the last 87 years to making handcrafted boots, we've learned a thing or two. You can bet when people are willing to pay for high quality craftsmanship, that if you treat them right, they'll come back. What's more, they'll tell their friends. Wesco's built a business on these defining principles and that is why even though times have changed since we started in 1918, the Shoemaker family remains committed to our founder's traditions.

The Solvang Museum

The Solvang Motorcycle Museum, located in Solvang, California, displays a collection of vintage and rare motorcycles as well as European race bikes.
The collection is quite broad with something for everyone, ranging from a 1910 FN to the present, and across all makes. The emphasis is tilted toward racing motorcycles. At the museum, you will find names such as AJS, BMW, Ducati, Gilera, Matchless, Moto Guzzi, MV, Norton, Triumph, Velocette and Vincent.
The museum rotates some of the bikes each month so that the bikes on display are constantly changing and expanding.


The Spanish Trail

Old Spanish Trail.
The Old Spanish Trail is a historic trade route which connected the northern New Mexican settlement of Santa Fé with that of Los Ángeles in California. Approximately 1,200 miles (2,000 km) long, it ran though areas of high mountains, arid deserts, and deep canyons. Explored by European travelers as early as 1776, the Trail saw extensive use by pack trains from about 1829 until the mid-1850s.
The name of the trail comes from the publication of John C. Fremont’s Report of his 1844 journey for the U.S. Topographical Corps. The name is presumable derived from the ancestry of the trail's founder Antonio Armijo. With the political climinate in Washington marked by a zeal for Manifest Destiny, Freemont's report created a sensation. However, http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifthis trail is remarkable primarily to New Mexican history, because it established a trade route with California and International markets.


A Press Review July 08

I recommend the book of Malick SIDIBE a great photographer from Bamako (Mali)

RUBY Helmet

RUBY was born out of the parisian designer Jerome Coste’s obsession with particular safety accessory.
Jerome grew up in the world of the mechanical sports,fascinated by both the champions’ performances and their outfits he wanted to emulate them and his own breakneck temperament earned him six cranial traumatisms although no after-effects showed up on the encephalograms he saw this as an additional explanation of his interest in protective headgear,so he started a collection.
Take a look at :http://www.ateliersruby.com/


The old good time

These snappy bikes were displayed by the Antique Motorcycle Club at their recent convention in Fishkill, N. Y.
1911 Triumph with two speeds, belt drive and gas lamp belongs to Triumph Corp. of Baltimore.
Henry Wing, Jr., with his 1928 Douglas TT. a formidable English racer of the period.

George Metzger demonstrates 1917 one-cylinder Cleveland for its owner, T. A. Hodgdon.
T. A. Hodgdon, vice-president of the Club, puts a lucifer to gas headlight on his 1916 Excelsior.
Closeup of twin-cylinder engine. 1918 vintage.
Unrestored 1907 Indian torpedo machine belonging to John Miceli of Darien, Conn.
1924 Nera-Car was a pile of junk; owner L. Risoli restored it in only three weeks.
Eleven-year-old Donald Wing and his 1903 Indian, the oldest motorcycle in the Club.
H. D. Simonds’ 1907 Yale can still do up to 35 mph on its original set of tires.

Packing Thrills in a Motorcycle T.T. Track

ONE of America’s newest and most exciting sports is misnamed: there should be an “N” between the initials of T. T. racing, for there are few forms of excitement that contain more high-explosive qualities than this motorcycle pastime.
A T. T. race is an American, and usually a miniature, version of the famous Tourist Trophy races held yearly on the Isle of Man. It is a motorcycle contest packed with thrills, spills, dust, speed, breath-taking moments and a lot of fun for everyone concerned. It looks like an elaborate and noisy way of committing suicide; but surprisingly few bones have been broken in such competitions. In fact, women riders frequently tackle the milder parts of a T. T. course.

Rider “Tailored” to Motorbike to Set 170 m.p.h. Record
WHEN J. S. Wright, present motorbike record holder, makes an attack on his 150 m.p.h, record established last year, he will ride a machine which represents the last word in streamlining.
To such an extent are the streamlining principles carried out that certain parts of the cowling were built with the rider on the machine, much as a tailor fits a suit to a customer.
The power of the racing motor has been boosted to deliver well over 100 h.p. by the use of a supercharger, and it is expected that this motorcycle will reach a speed in excess of 170 m.p.h.

Enjoy more pictures here :http://blog.modernmechanix.com/

Peter Pafalvi Gallery part 2

Concentration before the race for phil Read 

this week is on the track, Peter made these shots on various tracksduring the 70th, like Mallory Park, Le Mans, the Tourist Trophy , the Dutch TT, Charade and Dijon. 

enjoy the Gallery


Ilka Hartmann ... A must be seen

Ilka Hartmann

Marlon Brando speaking at the Bobby Hutton memorial

Ilka Hartmann

..."I think I'm mostly drawn to the human face, although I've done a lot of other photography. I'm drawn to the beauty of the human face- the character, the expressions, the humanity. My main work is the people I know well and love- the people of B. whom I have seen grow up, mature and age, and Native Americans- the largest part of my work.
Take a look at her work its simply amazing

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An MP on motorcycle stands ready to answer all calls around his area. Columbus, Georgia." April 13, 1942. Pfc. Victor Tampone. 111-SC-134951. ;Source :NARA
Thanks Lord Obama is coming ...


trip to the "white Quercy"

The quercy is well known for being the country of the truffle and the caussenard lamb, it is also known for its qualities of environment very appreciated today by English and Dutch peoples . It is for us, a unique destination for motorcycle rides; the landscapes are there magnificent and without dullness because the roads are sinuous and The breaks meals offer a quality provisioning.
So we took the road saturday with JJB with a 69 fastback commando, Jérome with his freshly mounted 79 bonnie and me with my 72 commando, a good team...
A Two hundred miles trip very pleasent without any mechanical problem .

check out the gallery

A tribute to Dionne Warwick By The Stranglers

Fuck were we 16 or 17 ... gosh
Take a look at this Jean-Jacques Burnel (Stranglers bass player) about Triumph Motorcycles


Chateau Norton 2006

Always have a bottle of chateau Norton in your workshop, that can help in the desperate moments!

Chanel surfboards

In Biarritz 4 or 5 years ago ...
Among the key designers who made a bold and lasting impression on women's fashion in the twentieth century, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (1883–1971) deserves special recognition. Born in Saumur, in the Loire Valley of France, Chanel survived an impoverished childhood and strict convent education. The difficulties of her early life inspired her to pursue a radically different lifestyle, first on the stage, where she acquired the nickname "Coco," and then as a milliner.

Just a couple of nice Pictures



The Bellytank and Tommy Hilfiger

A nice blog to see if u like salt

Above the roar

In this book, ex-Surfer Magazine editor Matt Warshaw captures the voice of surfing. By picking out the essential moment in a dleuge of interviews with the each of history's most influencial surfers, Warshaw exposes the true soul of surfing.


Two-lane blacktop

Peter Pafalvi Gallery part 1

As promised last week, here is a first gallery of Peter Pafalvi new photos . We start with some pictures of pits and paddocks.Indeed you will recognize period stars (very fashionned Ago), and some machines very desired today. I let you appreciate the working conditions of period.
Next week a TT gallery!
Happy Jack(finally they gave me a Yam !-)