El Rancho Deluxe :: ISSUE 138

By March 15, 2014El Rancho Deluxe

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:
Deadly days of board-track racing, why Ayrton Senna was so fast, deserted Mercedes, Volugrafo “Bimbo 46”, Han Solo DL-44 Blaster, Morgan Factory tour, and a new BMW build from SuMisura.

 

Los Deluxe :: 15 March 2014

 

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The Volugrafo “Bimbo 46” :: Italian Ways

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SuMisura:
SuMisura: "GULP IWC"

1986 BMW R80 – “GULP IWC” :: By SuMisura

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Cool Side of Gray – Collection by Megadeluxe

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PHOTO: A.F. VAN ORDER  

The Early, Deadly Days of Motorcycle Racing

The Early, Deadly Days of Motorcycle Racing :: By David Schonauer for Smithsonian.com

David Schonauer: The races must have been spectacular for people who were accustomed to thinking of horsepower in terms of actual horses. The bikes were designed to run fast, and that was about it: they had to be towed behind other motorcycles to get them started, and they had no brakes. The tracks, called motordromes, came in various sizes—a circuit of a mile and a quarter occupied the current site of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills—and were made of lengths of 2-by-2 and 2-by-4 lumber with rough-cut surfaces.
 
The turns were severely banked, allowing riders to reach speeds of more than 100 miles an hour. Crashes were frequent and horrific—riders who went down faced being impaled by splinters—and often fatal. Spectators shared in the risk: at many motordromes, they peered down from the lip of the track, in harm’s way. On one particularly lethal day in 1912, several observers—from four to six, accounts vary—were killed along with Eddie Hasha and another rider at a motordrome in Newark, New Jersey, when Hasha lost control of his bike and slammed into the crowd.

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While looking for board-track racing images, I came across this video from Deluxe Ride.

Motordrome – Board Track Motorcycle Racing in the US :: By Deluxe Ride

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Deserted Benzes by Otis Blank
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Deserted Benzes by Otis Blank

 

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Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder

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Rolf Nachbar
Rolf Nachbar

Rolf Nachbar

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SOVIET SPACESUITS :: The Space History Sale - Bonhams
SOVIET SPACESUIT :: The Space History Sale - Bonhams

SOVIET SPACESUITS :: The Space History Sale – Bonhams

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Menze Kwint Illustrations

Menze Kwint Illustrations

 

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Red Wing Deluxe – Collection by Megadeluxe

 

KEEP INDEPENDENT MEDIA INDEPENDENT BY PATRONIZING OUR ADVERTISERS  
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Ford GT40 & Michael Prichinello for the Scout Magazine

Ford GT40 & Michael Prichinello for the Scout Magazine

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1946 Vintage Schwinn Tandem Bicycle :: Modern50

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Han Solo DL-44 Blaster from Star Wars

Han Solo DL-44 Blaster from Star Wars

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Automobiliac visits the Morgan Factory

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Why Ayrton Senna Was So Fast :: Motorsport Retro

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Megadeluxe on Instagram: Because the web will not build itself.

Megadeluxe on Instagram: Because the web will not build itself.

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trucker-caps

From the Megdeluxe Store: Trucker Caps. Purchase one of these bad boys here…

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