The best racing weekend that you probably missed.
This August the Born Free guys decided to throw a party for their racing friends and everyone was invited. There were a dozen or so classes of racing – from pit-bikes to tank-shifting flatheads to hooligan bikes, camping, a swap-meet and car-show, and great music from Gethen Jenkins and plenty of 805 beer.
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Forget brunch, the best place to take your girl on a Sunday is a car show.
We’re continuing our European vacation this month in Milan, Italy at the 4th annual City Lights Car Show.
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Time again for the world’s greatest chopper show.
Warning: This will be a long post. The amount of incredible iron at the Born Free motorcycle show is completely out of control. Whether from the 30 invited builders, assembled around the acres of vendors or simply scattered among the thousands of bikes ridden into the show, there are really too many bikes to see in one day.
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Romping through the redwoods in hopped-up early Fords.
North of San Francisco you can find some of the best driving roads anywhere. Between the wild, wet coast and the heat and vineyards of the inland valleys are miles of magnificent redwood forests etched with twisting rivers and fantastic American asphalt.
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Hot flat-track racing at historic Costa Mesa Speedway.
For 49 years go-fast daredevils have been hammering around the 1/10th mile dirt oval at Costa Mesa speedway. This past Thursday the Born Free motorcycle show, now in it’s 9th year, brought it’s brand of chopper nostalgia for a pre-show party under the historic floodlights.
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Tattoos and tradition at the Monterey Fairgrounds.
50 years ago this month, back in 1967, tens of thousands of weirdos, bohemians, hippies, bikers and other strange looking young people wandered into the sleepy fishing village of Monterey.
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Pre-war big base raced by Ed Kretz and painted by Von Dutch.
One of the stand-outs at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering was Gary Landeen’s Indian.
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Historic and original 50’s show car.
If you’re a hot-rodder on the East Coast you’ll undoubtedly have heard of the Ty-Rods – one of the original car clubs from the 1950’s and who are still running strong today. One of the original members, Fred Steele, built himself a 1928 Tudor show car back in 1958 and somehow it got preserved over many decades until being bought by northern-californian Marcus Edell in 2016.
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A handful of America’s most beautiful motorcycles.
It ain’t all roadsters and low-riders in Pomona every January. Tucked back in Building 6 are some of the best bikes built in the last year.
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Big 25th anniversary for the California Hot Rod Reunion at Famoso.
This month’s California Hot Rod Reunion marks the 25th anniversary of one of the best drag-racing events in the country. If you’ve never been, the trip to Famoso Raceway outside Bakersfield should be somewhere on that list of things to see before you die.
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