Visually-tasty morsels delivered fresh everyday. On today’s menu: a vintage Italian motorcycle from Wards, Sahara Renaults, La Marzocco, Indian Motorcycles by Hermann Köpf, and Tatooine Today.
What the hell? Check out the amateur who wrote this post for Bike EXIF.
Here’s what the bike looked like before Analog did their magic.
“RIVERSIDE RACER” BY ANALOG: From 1959 to 1969 Montgomery Ward, the now defunct department store, sold motorcycles and scooters via a mail-order catalogue. Under the brand name of “Wards Riverside,” the relabeled bikes were supplied by Benelli. (Interesting that Montgomery Ward decided to rebrand these bikes, since many of the most famous racers during the 1960s rode Benellis.) Montgomery Ward would ship the motorcycles in crates, and it was up to the customer to both uncrate and assemble the bikes.
Renault launched the six MH-type wheels in the early nineteen twenties, to cross the Sahara and facilitate communication between Algeria and French West Africa. It paved the way for large African adventures with several expeditions between 1923 and 1925. Between Algeria and French West Africa, the Sahara was a barrier that the railway had not crossed.
Visual artist and film maker Ra Di Martino decided to set out on a journey to re-discover some of the classic movie sets in the North African deserts. For many film crews in this area, instead of tearing down and storing the sets, they were simply left in the desert to join the sand and geological formations. Spending a month traveling around Chott el Djerid in Tunisia, she found the original sets for Tatooine and set about photographing the abandoned village. It wasn’t easy to find them, but with the help of the local police and some local desert dwellers, she found the Mos Eisley Cantina and had a drink.
At a couple of my favorite coffee establishments here in the East Bay, there are these exquisite espresso machines made by La Marzocco of Florence, Italy.