Visually-tasty morsels delivered fresh everyday. On today’s menu: a motorcycle swap meet in Fuji, the cocktail chart of film & literature, a rusty Oldsmobile I found in a field, a Volkswagen pick-up with Porsche Formula V, old-school sketching, The Roadery, and lamps made from new and used motorcycle parts.
Ninety Eight Oldsmobile
I found this rusty Oldsmobile the middle of a field in Elk Grove yesterday, deserves to be in a museum. (Or, on blocks in my driveway).
This is The Roadery. We offer unique motorcycle tours of the American West for people who want to experience the beauty, culture and camaraderie of the open road.
The world is in such a hurry all the time that we never get much chance to just be. Years later this leaves us wondering where all the time went and we are sorry that it’s all gone. The Roadery is here to change that and reconnect you with some of the most fundamental things in life: nature, friendship and time to reflect. We take you on a ride along rugged coastlines, across majestic mountains, into deep canyons and towards the seemingly endless horizons of the great American West. We book the hotels, provide you with unique, customized motorcycles and guide you all the way. All you have to do is show up and ride through some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, make new friends and reconnect with old ones. With us, you’ll get lost in the best possible way.
Eric Strebel who runs an Industrial Design studio called Botzen Design in Detroit, MI. He worked to design the Powermat wireless charge pad for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motors, monsters for Clive Barker and the Solar Vox Ultra personal charger. Currently he consults for various companies in the Detroit area and around the globe and teaches Industrial Design at Wayne State University. He recently placed third in the Local Motors Shell Game Changer contest with the Willow Run-A-Bout for the city of Amsterdam.
1964/5 Volkswagen pick-up with Porsche Formula V: The pick-up is completely built up to period correct specifications. All the details that were on the pick-ups at the time have been sourced, found, overhauled and installed. For example it took quite some time to find all the additional dashboard instruments, as well as the Westfalia towing hook. Also, and just to point out that no effort was speared, the bronze label tag that was on the Westfalia towing hooks has been sourced and correctly placed.
From Greg: The whole thing with the lamps started about 7 months ago now. In October 2011 I got funding from the Princes Trust to start up a company building custom motorcycles. As soon as the money made into my account I had a workshop accident where part of a bearing shattered and sliced my eye. 18 months down the line and 8 operations later pottering around the workshop I pick up some parts and thought these parts are too bad for a bike but would make a nice piece in the corner of the room. At the time I was looking for a new lamp for the living and nothing caught my eye so I made my own and then thought would people be interested in buying them but also being able to customise them to a degree. And here I am now one eye down but with all these lamps lighting up my room.
The designing lamps has taken over now. I have a few designs in the wings as well.