Korehira Watanabe :: Japanese master Sword Maker ▸

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The Toleman TG184-2 was raced by Senna during his first year of Formula 1 in 1984.

Senna's 1984 Toleman TG-184-2 :: Silverstone Auctions (1)
Senna's 1984 Toleman TG-184-2 :: Silverstone Auctions (2)
Senna's 1984 Toleman TG-184-2 :: Silverstone Auctions (3)

“This chassis was piloted by Senna in the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix where the Brazilian driver announced himself on the world stage in spectacular fashion by finishing first on the road, but classified second to Alain Prost after the race was stopped on lap 32 due to torrential rain. Had the race continued, Senna would have scored Toleman’s first ever victory in spectacular fashion.”
– about the Toleman TG-184-2

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João Paulo is on a mission to travel the world and show, “…classic bikes in poses that show the context of the city in the background.” He plans on releasing a book of these worldly bikes.

@marrakesh, morroco 

@Marrakesh, Morroco.

@firenze, italy 

@Firenze, Italy.

@bath, england 

@Bath, England

@géneve, switzerland 

@Géneve, Switzerland

@amsterdan, netherlands 

@Amsterdan, Netherlands.
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Handsome looking Masserati from Silverstone Auctions. Estimate (£): 26,000–30,000

1977 Maserati Merak SS :: Silverstone Auctions (1)

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1977 Maserati Merak SS :: Silverstone Auctions (2)
1977 Maserati Merak SS :: Silverstone Auctions (3)
1977 Maserati Merak SS :: Silverstone Auctions (4)
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Former Vermonter Ezra Caldwell on his transformation from dance teacher to bike builder, his love of urban bushwacking in New York, and how he made cancer cry.

UPDATE: Tragically, Ezra’s rectal cancer has returned and he’s in stage IV.

Ezra Caldwell

Fast Boy Cycles :: hardass
Fast Boy Cycles

“I try not to do things simply because I CAN, but because I think deep down that they’re beautiful.”
– ezra caldwell

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m from Vermont.

Where in Vermont?
Putney. (Named after my dog).

First bike you ever owned?
A super cool Flandria five speed road bike with little kid sized 24″ wheels. It’s hanging in my shop now.

How did you get interested in building bikes?
I had a pretty good gig teaching dance for a bunch of years (?). I always used a bike to get around. Students started approaching me wanting to become commuters. I took it upon myself to use whatever money they could come up with to put them on an appropriate bike. Lots of scouring Ebay, and Craigslist…finding frames that seemed like a good starting point and then building from there. Word got out, and people were coming to me with more and more money, and I became a bit of a bike stylist (gag.) When I finally ran away screaming from the dance world (something I had meant to do for years), bike building just appeared as the obvious next thing to do. To have real control over the final bike, I felt like I had to be building the frame as well as choosing what to hang from it.

What skill sets did you have already when it in came to bike building? Which ones did you have to learn?
I had a pretty decent background in fabrication. Mostly wood working. My father was a woodworker, and I grew up making stuff in his shop. Later, as a teenager, I worked construction around southern Vermont in the summers. Somewhere in there, later on, I took a year off from dance and worked in a cabinet shop in NYC. I had NO experience with metal work, though (besides an elective jewelry class in college). So, the basics of working with machines and understanding joints and learning how to make fixtures that allow you to repeat operations accurately…this stuff was all natural. I had to learn how to braze, though. And had to learn a lot about bicycle design, and just how the bloody things go together. Still learning that stuff, really.

Fast Boy Cycles

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An illustrative tribute to racing car builder Carroll Shelby from Unlimited Velocity.

The Shelby Heritage Collection :: Unlimited Velocity

“You got to do things that you’re not sure that you can do. You got to stick your neck out, and just see if it’s possible to accomplish something that everybody says you can’t.
 
I’ve had more failures than I ever had successes in my lifetime, and some of the failures have been more fun than some of the successes.”
– carroll shelby
In Their Own Words – Carroll Shelby  

The Shelby Heritage Collection :: Unlimited Velocity (1)

The Shelby Heritage Collection :: Unlimited Velocity (2)

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The Shelby Heritage Collection :: Unlimited Velocity (3)

“It was fun to blow off a Porsche with a $3900 donkey [the 1965 Shelby GT350 Mustang].”
– carroll shelby

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Found this magazine at the Alameda Flea Market. Sea plane illustrated by legendary artist Geo Ham.

L'Hydravion A La Bouée :: Geo Ham

L'Hydravion A La Bouée :: Geo Ham
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Mind…completely blown.

+ Source: ‘Titanic’ – BBC Videographic :: By After the Flood
 
 

Coming in at groin-pull inducing 75 pounds, and 790 pages, this book contains 1,000 photos and every Yogi Berra truism known to man. (That section alone is 700 pages).

Major League Baseball OPUS (1)

Major League Baseball OPUS (2)

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Major League Baseball OPUS (3)

Major League Baseball OPUS (4)

“He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
– yogi berra

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Another phenomenal painting from Unlimited Velocity.

Reg Mitchell's Supermarine S.6B :: Unlimited Velocity (1)
Reg Mitchell's Supermarine S.6B :: Unlimited Velocity (2)

“In 1931, the Supermarine S.6B broke the world air speed record reaching 407.5 mph”

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Smart design from an architect/designer who worked on NASA’s International Space Station.

Cricket Trailers (1)
Cricket Trailers (2)
Cricket Trailers (3)
Cricket Trailers (4)

“For the serious backpacker or outdoorsman, the Cricket is a mobile base-camp that provides a secure place to store whitewater kayaks, snowboards, mountain bikes, fishing poles or hunting gear while you go on day excursions.”
– cricket trailer

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Beautiful set of illustrations from Adams Carvalho.

FFFFixas by Adams Carvalho (1)
FFFFixas by Adams Carvalho (2)
FFFFixas by Adams Carvalho (3)
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I bought this magazine just for the cover. I turned a few pages and lo and behold – an article about Bob “Evel” Knievel and his plan to jump the Grand Canyon with “twin delta wings and a rocket section on the tail.” Now I know what it must have felt like to discover the Dead Sea Scrolls. Sort of sad…I’ll never top this one.

Evel Knievel Grand Canyon Machine (1968) (4)

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Evel Knievel Grand Canyon Machine (1968) (2)

“It will reach 250 miles an hour soaring over the Canyon with its twin jet engines and nitro burning Bonneville engine. It will accelerate to 158 miles an hour in 3.7 seconds.”
– evel knievel on his plans to jump the grand canyon

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