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Legendary motorsport photographer Jesse Alexander is running a Kickstarter campaign for a new book of previously unpublished photos on Monaco. Aptly named, MONACO -The Golden Age of the Grand Prix. A must-have for any motorsport fan.



“Jesse Alexander has captured the magic on Monaco superbly.”
– sir jackie stewart



Chris Hunter at Bike EXIF – curator of the best custom bikes in the world – presents his annual calendar. Expertly printed by Octane Press. A stellar line-up of some of the best known custom bike builders (and their motorcycles) in the world. Shot by some of our favorite photographers – many whose work you’ve seen highlighted here in the past.

Bike EXIF Calendar 2014

“It’s nearing the end of the year – and if you don’t understand this agrarian concept – you need this calendar.
On second thought, do yourself a solid, and order up a pair of these bad boys.”
– crash



The year is 1955, and race car driver Castello Cavalcanti totals his race car in the ancestral village of…um…Castello Cavalcanti. Released today, the timing of this film is kind of spooky – what with Dario Franchitti retiring today.


“In a way I’m glad I crashed – it’s a warning for me. I could have got killed you know. Like that coop of chickens over there…tarred, feathered and spit-roasted.”
– castello cavalcanti



Photographer Andrew Paynter is my friend and neighbor. When I saw this video he directed for NYC based women’s fashion line Chance. Typically, I focused immediately on the green Jaguar E-Type. He was kind enough to send over some extra photos he shot of this classic automobile.

Jaguar E-Type by Andrew Paynter

“Besides being super-talented, Andrew Paynter is one those friends whose positive vibes is infectious. If I don’t have coffee with this dude once a week – I feel like I’m missing something.”
– crash



Proudly hailing from Indiana, Corey and Casey Wilkinson run Wilkinson Bros. – a design and illustration studio. (I would almost instigate a small crime spree to have their amazing space). In this interview, Corey talks about their studio, motorcycles (their blog, Good Spark Garage covers moto-culture) and how working close to the Racing Capital of the World is good for business.

Wilkinson Bros

Tell us a little about you and Casey and where you live and work?
We’re graphic designers and illustrators who run a small shop in the Indianapolis area. We live and work in the northern burbs where our office is located in the Carmel Arts & Design District. Though many of our clients are in the Indy area, we serve clients all over America.

Wilkinson Brothers

You guys are twins. (Identical?) How are you the same? How are you different?
Yep. Identical. Lotta folks who know us don’t have trouble telling us apart, but nearly every day when we’re out n’ about we’ll hear, “you guys twins?” Our personalities are pretty different, but our work ethic is similar. We each have our own families and live in different communities, so we’re not inseparable, but when it comes to work or motorcycles we’re on the same page.

Wilkinson Brothers

“Our personalities are pretty different, but our work ethic is similar. We each have our own families and live in different communities, so we’re not inseparable, but when it comes to work or motorcycles we’re on the same page.”
– corey wilkinson



Why companies (and specifically startups) need to put their customers first, and stop torturing themselves by emulating Steve Jobs. Here’s an excerpt of a post I wrote last week for Medium.

Steve Jobs

“Steve Jobs is an impossible act to follow — this type of human comet only comes around every 100 years or so.”

Full disclosure, I worked at Apple for four years. I now run my own UI/UX design firm that works primarily with startups and Fortune 50 companies.

Since leaving Apple, I’ve worked with many startups. I’ve found that people who run and work for startups are generally bright and hard-working. Passionate about their companies. You can’t help but admire these folks, and I absolutely love working with most of them. But, ever since Walter Isaacson’s biography on Steve Jobs came out a trend has reared its somewhat ugly head. This trend deserves a Jesus-inspired hashtag: #WhatWouldSteveDo. My thinking is not new — some of my colleagues in the design industry are on record about how the Isaacson book has made our job both easier and more difficult at the same time. Easy, in that “design first” has become a practice that many startups now follow in earnest. Difficult in that “customer first” has fallen to benchwarmer status. On the team but no longer a starter.

Building A Faster Horse
I was witness to the beginnings of #WhatWouldSteveDo. At an Apple town hall meeting, Steve, in answering an employee’s question about involving customers, uttered the following Henry Ford saying,

“If I had asked my customers what they wanted they would have said a faster horse.”

A poster-worthy saying if nothing else. Nonetheless, that quote vibrated out to the design and business world immediately. Many companies (and especially startups) took this quote literally: see, Steve Jobs doesn’t follow his customers, so we’re going to go with our guts as well, and MVP the hell out of our products. However, if I were ever asked by a startup founder what I thought about the “Faster Horse” quote, I would lead with a slight jab,

But didn’t Ford also manufacture the Edsel — the worst car failure ever?

To read the full article, go here…


Megadeluxe Limited-Edition Shortsleeve T-Shirt. A bit of human error between our screen printer and us resulted in an extra batch of short sleeve tees. So, we’re offering this limited-edition black shortsleeve t-shirt – buy one here.
Free shipping to United States until December 29th. (Up to $5.25).
Designed by artist Damian King. T-shirt by American Apparel.


“I feel sexy in my jeans and wearing my boyfriend’s [Megadeluxe] T-shirt.
– jennifer aniston :: actress & former bare-knuckle boxer


Girl Not Included is a new category we’re starting at Megadeluxe. Featuring women who have a true love of speed, sport and design. “Girl power – Dad!” as my seven-year-old daughter tells me.
Update: The response to this post has been unbelievable. It definitely hit a live wire. We’ve been getting some requests about turning this into a book. (A Kickstarter campaign perhaps?) Would love to hear you thoughts. Drop me a line in the comments section (or here) if you think this might be something you’d like to see us produce, or would like to be involved in somehow.

Girl Not Included :: Volume 01

Bethany Hamilton :: Soul Surfer

“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.”
– bethany hamilton :: professional surfer


Thanks to everyone who bought this limited-edition t-shirt designed by Damian King. We’ll re-issue this tee in November 2014.

For The Love of Speed :: Megadeluxe T-Shirt


“I don’t need a whole lot. For me, a [Megadeluxe] T-Shirt, a pair of shorts, barefoot on a beach and I’m happy.”
– yanni :: musical legend & former nunchuk champion


Craig Lynn is a seasoned photographer with a love of motor racing and motorcycles. Speaking of motorcycles, he’s had the pleasure of riding with another bike fanatic – a somewhat obscure singer from New Jersey who simply goes by Bruce (or “The Boss”) in some corners of the world.

Photographer Craig Lynn


Bruce Springsteen and his Confederado

From Craig: I’m in my early 50’s. I live in London. I was an actor when i was very young, lived in NYC in the early 80’s, lived for a spell in Tokyo, then moved to Los Angeles in 1985 for 10 years. I did some acting but also Art Directed some commercials and Music Videos. I also represented a good friend of mine who is an artist, sculptor, furniture designer, Mark Brazier-Jones. Towards the end of my time there I started to get some photography jobs.

“My father was a director so there were always viewfinders around the house growing up and round his neck! I was interested in my late teens and really took an interest when I was going out with a fantastic girl who I really wanted to photograph and make her look great.”
– craig lynn


Read the entire interview with Photographer Craig Lynn after the jump below…



Enzo Ferrari himself once said of the Jaquar E-Type, “The most beautiful car ever made.” This three time 100-point JCNA National Champion is being offered by RM Auctions next month.


“We decided at the commencement of development that this car was not to be a specialized racing car…although the general approach to the design in both appearance and performance follows racing trends.”
– william m. heynes, jaguar’s chief engineer


See more photos and read more about this 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series after the jump below…



I’ve always felt like a Southern Californian even though I’ve lived in the Bay Area for nearly twenty years. So it’s always nice to visit Deus Ex Machina in Venice and soak up the old SoCal vibe. As this short video shows, you can grab a good cup of joe, look at some killer custom motos (by builder Mike Woolaway), all in a laid-back cafe atmosphere.

Deus Ex Machina

Deus Ex Machina