artist & gentleman welder :: Benny Thomas of Boneshaker Choppers ▸


Assembled by hand in his California Studio, John McConnico offers this limited edition mechanical wristwatch with old world quality and fresh contemporary styling. Well done my fellow Oaklander.

The Sunray Flieger Watch

“The Sunray Flieger is an aggregation of curated wristwatch elements. Having its roots in 20th century aviation history, the Pilot watch offers optimal legibility in a sleek package.”


May 29, 2014. It’s with great sadness that we learned that Ezra Caldwell has passed away. An amazing man who lived life to its fullest. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife Hillary, and all of his friends and family. He will be missed.
From an interview I did with Ezra back in May of 2012…
Former Vermonter Ezra Caldwell on his transformation from dance teacher to bike builder, his love of urban bushwacking in New York, and how he made cancer cry.

Ezra Caldwell

Fast Boy Cycles :: hardass
Fast Boy Cycles

“I try not to do things simply because I CAN, but because I think deep down that they’re beautiful.”
– ezra caldwell

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m from Vermont.

Where in Vermont?
Putney. (Named after my dog).

First bike you ever owned?
A super cool Flandria five speed road bike with little kid sized 24″ wheels. It’s hanging in my shop now.

How did you get interested in building bikes?
I had a pretty good gig teaching dance for a bunch of years (?). I always used a bike to get around. Students started approaching me wanting to become commuters. I took it upon myself to use whatever money they could come up with to put them on an appropriate bike. Lots of scouring Ebay, and Craigslist…finding frames that seemed like a good starting point and then building from there. Word got out, and people were coming to me with more and more money, and I became a bit of a bike stylist (gag.) When I finally ran away screaming from the dance world (something I had meant to do for years), bike building just appeared as the obvious next thing to do. To have real control over the final bike, I felt like I had to be building the frame as well as choosing what to hang from it.

What skill sets did you have already when it in came to bike building? Which ones did you have to learn?
I had a pretty decent background in fabrication. Mostly wood working. My father was a woodworker, and I grew up making stuff in his shop. Later, as a teenager, I worked construction around southern Vermont in the summers. Somewhere in there, later on, I took a year off from dance and worked in a cabinet shop in NYC. I had NO experience with metal work, though (besides an elective jewelry class in college). So, the basics of working with machines and understanding joints and learning how to make fixtures that allow you to repeat operations accurately…this stuff was all natural. I had to learn how to braze, though. And had to learn a lot about bicycle design, and just how the bloody things go together. Still learning that stuff, really.

Fast Boy Cycles


El Rancho Deluxe: tasty morsels of speed, sport and design. Curated by our crack team of contributors – including Megadeluxe viewers. Drop us a line here if you see something out there El Rancho Deluxe worthy, or if you’re an artist, designer, craftsman or a small company with a story to tell.
Some of today’s finds: an SUV that drives on water, shredding on sand, unconventional hero cars, a bicycle with horns, and a few more surprises and finds thrown in at no extra-charge. We’ll keep adding more stuff here through out the week.


El Rancho Deluxe :: 21 April 2014

“Why call this ‘El Rancho Deluxe?’ Our family used to have a house in the Mojave Desert. There was a farm-house nearby with the most eclectic collection of rusted farm equipment. The farm had no official name, but we lovingly called it El Rancho Deluxe.”
– w.


It’s that time again when our crack team of moto-stylists takes inventory of the best custom builds and finds from around the globe via the finest motorcycle curators money can buy. As always, no wagering allowed, and all picks are final…unless a generous donation finds its way into our PayPal account.




While traveling home from Sri Lanka, filmmaker Andrew David Watson decided to check out Ladakh, an isolated mountain region in the most northern tip of India. Even though it was the end of winter there, he was able to rent a 350cc Royal Enfield to do some exploring, and ride in the shadow of giants.

Riding a Royal Enfield in the Shadow of Giants

“I wasn’t planning to make a short film. I only had my 5d, a few lenses, a still photo tripod and myself. Yet the beauty, isolation and impression of the mountains of Ladakh didn’t let that happen.”
– andrew david watson


Andrew David Watson: Filming this was a lot of fun, minus some freezing cold mornings. It was just my camera, a Royal Enfield and myself. I was totally solo. I would set up a shot, ride away then ride through the frame. Since it’s a really remote area I didn’t have to worry about anyone taking my camera! Whether its bicycles or motorcycles, I often prefer to ride alone, as I find it extremely relaxing and freeing. This adventure was the perfect example of realizing how insignificant you are compared to the great wilderness and mountains of the world.

+ Source: The Low Season :: By Andrew David Watson


New Megadeluxe t-shirts – inspired by our appreciation of classic racing posters of the 1930s and 1940s. Once again we commissioned artist Damian King to work his “speed” design aesthetic. (We must have had twenty long conversations alone on the look and feel of our thirties racing car). If you like this tee, order one soon since Damian’s last design for us (a limited-edition t-shirt) sold-out within days.
Jersey short sleeve is made by American Apparel.
Pre-order a Grand Prix Race silver t-shirt here. For a limited time, get free shipping.


Megadeluxe T-Shirt
Megadeluxe T-Shirt


New Prototipo chronographs from Autodromo. I dig two things about Bradley Price and his company Autodromo. One, his encyclopedic knowledge of motorsport history – we go back and forth on Instagram and he never fails to add detail to a vintage car or race. Second, Autodromo: his racing inspired line of watches and accoutrements (gloves and sunglasses) are spot on in both detail and style. The Prototipo line continues on this path. Bradley just sent a recent Autodromo shoot from France. Jealousy ensues.

Prototipo Chronograph By Autodromo

“The Protoype Era in racing was a time that saw legendary drivers compete in equally legendary machines. Fast, colorful and dangerous, Prototype cars ushered in the modern technological age of endurance racing, and wrote the final chapter in the long tradition of open road racing in Europe.”


Once upon a time (about twenty years ago) I worked at Fedex loading planes. It was the most fun, dangerous (nice scar by my eye) and physically exhausting job I ever had: driving tugs and forklifts around multi-million dollar jets. Good gear was essential, in fact your life depended on it. Slipping off an icy platform was potential for great harm. It’s when I first started wearing steel-toed Red Wing boots. If you’ve ever worn Red Wings, you swear by them…might be the main reason I still have eleven toes.
Video shot in London, featuring Gabor, James and a few Londoners speak about their Red Wing Shoes.



El Rancho Deluxe: tasty morsels of speed, sport and design. Curated by our crack team of contributors – including Megadeluxe viewers. Drop us a line here if you see something out there El Rancho Deluxe worthy, or if you’re an artist, designer, craftsman or a small company with a story to tell.
Some of today’s finds: A couple of Broughs, Staghead Moto video, stylish rain scarf, super-hotrod, lush motorcycle luggage, personal drone, one bike dock like no other, a lovely ax, the oldest existing Porsche, deluxe collection of Red Wing shoes, and a few more surprises and finds thrown in at no extra-charge.


Los Deluxe :: 27 March 2014


For the jet-set, what other place in the world epitomized the swinging Sixties more than Monaco? For this auction, we decided to pick a few head-turning supercars that would have easily graced the streets of Monte Carlo back in the late Sixties.
RMS Auctions – MONACO 10 May 2014

Six Swinging Sixties Supercars From The Monaco Auction

“That each of these cars (five Italians, and one Japanese model) screams “Sexy Beast” is merely a reflection of the times.”
– w.


I spend far too much time sifting through endless sites looking for builders and bikes. I was taking in a German motorcycle show when I came across this Kawasaki and I immediately knew I had to track down this builder. Tomotors Race Machines is a one-man company from East Germany owned by a secretive builder aptly named Tom. (He didn’t offer his last name and I didn’t ask). Tom is a Kawasaki dealer, and has been building motocross racing machines for 25 years. Photos by Kyle Reim Photography
Update: Tom really does have a last name: Große.

1999 Kawasaki W650 :: Kawa East / Tomotors


After the loss of the Safari Rally from the World Rally Championship in 2002, rally enthusiasts got together to recreate the nostalgia of “The Safari”. The idea of this rally: allow classic cars built before 1974, and to avoid the powerful turbo charged and 4WD drive cars. Held every two years, the next East African Safari Rally happens in 2015.

Porsche 911 at the East African Safari Rally



This bicycle prototype from Flying Machine and owner/designer Matt Andrew features unique titanium tubing joined with 3D printed titanium lugs. Allowing, in Matt words, “For infinite flexibility and all bikes to have personal and tailored geometry.”

3D Printed Titanium: New F1 Prototype By Flying Machine

“Making this bicycle a reality became just a bit of an obsession. We are amongst the very first to embrace 3D Printing for bike building and firmly believe this amazing technology is the way of the future.”
– matt andrew :: owner and designer at flying machine