On today’s menu: the rebirth of a classic water bottle, Porsche 550, Bethany Hamilton, and the bike of the day.
Hats off to the Chappell Brothers. We featured one their ’82 Yamaha XS650 awhile back.
Brothers Rob and Chris Chappell have a slightly unusual approach to running their company Chappell Customs: Rob lives near Toronto in Canada, and Chris lives over 2,000 miles away in Los Angeles. It hasn’t stopped them building some sweet customs though, like the Yamaha XS650 we covered a couple of years ago.
Bethany will be on one of five US teams participating in the 2013 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles. The well-known international competition, celebrating its 23rd year, will take place in France and Morocco from March 16th – March 31st. The off-road rally raid is unique in format – nine days of off-road driving competition using traditional dead reckoning navigation, outdated maps, no GPS or outside assistance while on course. It is considered one of the toughest all-female sporting events on the planet.
Since its introduction in 1953, the Porsche 550 Spyder has become one of the most iconic cars in all of motorsports. Forever linked to the tragic death of James Dean, the 550 also earned a reputation as a “giant killer,” capable of going head-to-head with larger and more powerful race cars on some of the world’s most demanding circuits. One of the most replicated cars in the world, original examples are cherished by owners and sought after by collectors. This August, a Porsche 550 Spyder, possibly the first constructed with a space frame instead of the original ladder frame, will cross the block as part of Mecum’s Monterey sale.
The Coloral Company – The Rebirth of Waterbottle Cool :: via Cycle Love
Back in the era of coureurs like Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali, when steel was the only option and jerseys had pockets front and back, even the humble water bottle was a different beast. Commonly made from metal instead of plastic, bottles were placed onto the handlebar instead of directly on the bike frame.
If that sounds appealing, you’re in the right place, because a new Kickstarter campaign is hoping to restart production of an original British cycling icon — the Coloral — which was an alloy waterbottle produced in Birmingham, England from 1947 until the mid 1950s.