A little help.


Best I can research "Richard G Pharo" was a doctor or an actor in the 1959 film Road Racers. If you know anything about Mr Pharo please let me know.

FHJ

Wheeeeeeelie!

This Month's Header, Everybody Plays The Fool

This Month's late, late, late header is dedicated to the fool in all of us. No one is immune. One time or another we all act or do foolish things.

The April Fool. It's spring time and love is in the air. If a girl just gives him a glance, he thinks she's interested. The Fool's too dumb to realize, he doesn't have a chance.

13 Rebels m/c circa 1953.....


Costa Mesa 2/15/53 Paul Goodrich 2nd from left, Ernie Graff 5th from right, 2 possibles are Bob Lawson 5th from left and Del Shoemaker 6th from left.

The Best Little Bike Show on Earth!

To catch a Dream....

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Text by D.Borras

A dream can be normally conceived as a succession of images, emotions and sensations, that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. But these aren't the dreams we are interested in.



As our regularly celebrated noble man, and cornerstone of this adventure, T.E. Lawrence came to say; "Not everybody dreams equally". There are those that dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, loosing the content of their dreams to banality at dusk. But there are also dangerous men, that dream with their eyes wide open, (A plena luz!). Those men, if they find the courage to do so, might make these dreams possible, livable!



The Impossible Team is one of those dreams that are pursued for ages, from dusk to dawn not while asleep. The dream of 3 men to conquer their optimum speed. A salty dream you could call it. Summer 2012 will be the time, these 3 ordinary men; Frenchman Vincent Prat (SouthsidersMC) and Spaniards; JR. Ortega (GoodforRetro) and David Borras (ElSolitarioMC), will try to meet their destiny on one of those places they have veneered for years, Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats.



It is in Bonneville's salty tracks, where for half a century, dreamers from all over the world have pursued and shared their wildest adventures. Its the rush for speed, the ultimate modern pleasure. The event chosen by the Impossible Team will be the honorable Speedweek, held in August and hosted by the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA). In speed heaven, the Impossible Team with their secret machines, will try to push through the barrier of their wildest dream trying to get closer to motorcyclist plenitude.




Now you may support this dream by purchasing this unique and limited edition T-Shirt, designed by our friend, and Artist-extraordinaire, Maxwell Paternoster specially for the occasion.

Dream Salt? Catch it!










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Yes, I said WATERFALLS....


Roan Mountain


I leave Roan Mountain and Carver's Gap. I head for Bakersville to Dellingers Mill.  I've been here once before and find it very photogenic but it's grounds are no longer open to the public. Which leaves me pulling off the road in a little curve with my bike leaning on its jiffy stand just a tad into the traffic lane.  The traffic is light and I feel the risk is nominal.  See why I take the slight risks for these photos?








I leave Bakersville and head for Newland N.C.
Newland has a very nice little waterfall park that is maintained by their Volunteer Fire Department as well as a gardening club.  It's very, very relaxing. I'm a bit early in the year, but if you time things right you can be here when the shrubbery comes to bloom you have a wonderful display of nature and man's ability to bring it into a beautiful focus.  But...you will have to admit, the three sections of falls is a sight for winter blue eyes....

A great little waterfall park in Newland N.C.




I climb to the top level of the falls to find this little flat area where the stream gathered to fall and tumble down the face of the rocks.  I will come back to hike this area another day. For now, there are other water falls to visit.


Along the way at Big Toe River Road, I discovered this Cocoa Cola mural.  Not too shabby eh?


After stopping to photograph this I traversed down Big Toe River Road to 19E North then continued to to explore more places and roads I've never traveled.

As I traveled down a small un-remembered road I found this:

Solar Power Farm
Yes, a solar panel power farm. I was pleasantly surprised to find this in the countryside of Western North Carolina.

After finding my way back to a main road, I know I'm close to Linville Falls. It's been a few years since I last visited here, so I found my way back. Linville is beautiful. You'll have to agree!



This is the first view you get of the falls after a short walk of a half mile. It's gonna be stunning, you just know that when you get to the viewing area.




Time to leave Linville Falls and head up north toward home. Some back road views for ya....



This place had an odd collection of stuff. From wagons to English Phone booths...and giant rocking chairs...


I pulled off the road in the parking lot of a little country art store...I did it to let a car pass me, since I like to stop on dime to take photos...I pull off to let cars pass me all the time.  Look what I find in front of the art store.  Made me smile at my luck.  This IS in the middle of no where.



I've always admired this barn. I finally got the chance to grab a photo of it.



More Barn Quilts...

This is not the best of photos. I took it on the fly. I was getting ready to get on "THE SNAKE" (Highway 421 in Mountain City, TN.)



By the time I got to Shady Valley, I found some heavy rain. I rode in the rain for the next hour until I got home.  It was REALLY REALLY GREAT!

The Legend of the Motorcycle

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On 1st May 2008 and without a moments hesitation we decided to head across the Atlantic to participate in a superb event that we had discovered via the internet the previous year. Back then information on events like this was not as widely available as it is now, so we didn't know exactly what to expect.

The 'Legend of the Motorcycle' was the most prestigious Concours d'Elegance show, unique in that it was dedicated to motorcycles of all types. Jared Zaugg and Brooke Roner conceived the idea several years previously.. In its third year, the event was staged at the Ritz Carlton at Half Moon Bay on the edge of the Pacific. For surfers this location situated in Northern California harbours the mythical and terrific Mavericks wave found in the Northern part of the bay.U

After a 24hr non-stop journey, we finally took possession of our hire van at San Francisco airport and headed off up the coast to catch the beginning of the show the next day. The weather was surprisingly cold and overcast, but the drive up Highway one and the views along the corniche more than compensated!

Eventually we arrived at the Ritz where we immediately sensed a bizarre atmosphere, this luxurious location normally reserved for a chic clientele, was completely overtaken by motorcycles and motorcyclists! All along the fairway huge trailers were unloading tens of motorcycles at a time, all of them absolutely amazing. Some celebrities were already there busy making preparations for the start of the show. In Europe we are not used to seeing such a quantity of classic machines all assembled in the same venue, included among them 200 motorcycles destined for the events auction. This first day ended with participants enjoying a drink together...

The following day was bitterly cold and covered by thick fog, but nothing could dampen our enthusiasm! 2008 was dedicated to MV Augusta and Norton. Former legend riders and mechanics of these two marques were also presents. There were just the right amount of spectators ensuring the event remained relaxed and enjoyable. The days programme unfolded and the judges judged before delivering their final decision mid afternoon.

I remember Vince Martinico's Indian taking most of the judges votes, and of course two young guys called Ian and Amaryllis, better known as Falcon and their custom machine of a different sort baptised 'The Bullet'. Since then Falcon has gone from strength to strength.

I covered several miles during the course of the day determined not to miss a single spectacle, then to the auction where the shear value of those motorcycles being sold was jaw dropping!

To finish the day an immense dinner was organised, we were all like kids around the table at Christmas struggling to hide our excitement. The day after our flight was waiting to carry us back to Europe, it had all passed too quickly and felt almost dreamlike...

Sadly this event is no longer held and I have never discovered the same ambience elsewhere. It will however remain a massive influence...

thanks to Brooke and Jared.



Garage Company racers

Amazing Americana by Jeff Decker




Before trucks, mails were delivered by motorcycle... cool job.


The Dream House,... inside the Ritz



COE Chevrolet

A few minutes of sun in the grey week-end, North Cal. effect...

OMG. Full of bikes

Yoshi and Kiyo from Garage company

Jesse's Low rider


millions dollars parking lot



Conrad a great artist for our next exhibition

Chillin'





Mr Kimura at 6am

The wave, Kiyo and the MV

One man show by Jesse James .

Red Fred Johansen

Paul Cox




The Legend himself "Ago"

The judge,... Mr Vintagent

Starting time for Steve Huntzinger and the Dayton
Yes its a bicycle, and yes there's a propelled engine at rear...


More about the Aero Bike here


Mark Wilsmore Ace Café Boss




















An Asymmetric perfect harmony
Young winners The Falcon family

The 1908 Indian Torpedo Tank
Vince Martinico winning one more trophy (4) of the day...gimme just one.

Red for Mv Agustas

this is not a chocolate medal

Handmade trophy by Hippodrome Studio



from Left Jared Zaugg , Michael Madsen (Mr Blonde in Reservoir Dogs), ..., Brooke Roner...,
Vince Martinico
Shad McQueen alive... after the big crash


Yellow for the Production racers












Time for Auction, a 750SS for 120.000$

one famous address

Paul Cox

Mr Kimura

Dr George Cohen and Paul D'Orléans

Pete and Kim's 30's singles





The Bullet





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