Transport

Brand, What’s in a Name?

There is a case for suggesting that the Leica M9 isn’t the tool for shooting motor-sport, I would agree. One might also suggest that driving a Lancia 037 (Versione Stradale) from Twickenham to the Wiscombe Hill Climb, taking part and then (presumably) returning home isn’t sensible. Robert Wadsworth assured me that he had to drive the car to the meeting because he ‘didn’t have a trailer’, this all seems perfectly reasonable.

Can I make it clear, I love old Lancias but don’t look at the current Lancia website full of re-badged Chryslers unless you want to cry. There is something about the old ones though. I drive a Saab and briefly Saabs were re-badged as Chryslers, in fact Lancias were re-badged as Saabs too after the ‘engine falling out issue’, but I would never try to link the Saab experience to the Lancia one.

Now, I must admit I had noticed the two young men with their lovely long lenses. I was even briefly perplexed by one who had both Nikon and Canon gear in his bag, that’s just not right is it? What I hadn’t realised was that they had noticed me, well to be fair I was probably stood in their way and actually it was the M9 that they had noticed. I had ridden to the meeting on the BMW and the Leica works really well, fits in the top-box, no need for a trailer.

While we were talking nonsense about cameras I was aware of Sir Blighty-Tweed walking past me, barking “Aha, BMW, by the people who brought us Auschwitz!”. I assumed he was addressing the chap cruising up the hill in his old 3-series, but then I looked at the logo on shoulder of my, err, BMW Rallye-3 jacket.

Probably best not to mention the Leica then?

BMW Cafe Racers, Uli Cloesen

Some time ago Uli Cloesen contacted us from New Zealand about using some of our shots of Kevil’s Ruby BMW café racer in his new book. The bike was only around for a short while before going off to it’s new home in Poland. Well it’s been a long but worthwhile wait, the book is out.

This is what WH Smith says,

Many books have been published about BMW motorcycles, but this is the first to cover the evolution of the BMW sportsbike to the BMW cafe racer. A marque not commonly associated with the cafe racer scene, the growing trend of custom BMW cafe conversions is illustrated in detail with stunning images of sporting, racing, and ‘cafed’ BMWs. From Airheads to Oilheads, modified singles to parallel twins, Fours and Concept 6s – see the ‘cafed’ side of BMW.

I say there’s some neat bikes very neat bikes indeed.

OK, so WHSmith.co.uk weren’t the quickest to deliver but hey, Uli told me it was the cheapest place to get it so here you go, it’s the hardback too.

Sun!

The problem with having a humungous head is that if someone offers you a small helmet (stoppit) you will have to politely decline. In doing so you may miss the opportunity of riding a Kevil’s BMW café racer up the hill past Hay Tor on the first sunny day since Richard the Third parked his Astra in Leicester.

Yes, Kev assumed I would be travelling light on the GS, but no, I had brought the full compliment: Nikons, Leicas, reflectors and most of the Manfrotto timeline. So we ended up with two bikes a car, a T5, a trailer and a shuttle service up and down the hill.

Anyway, it sunned, on the bikes, the early morning dog-walkers, the woman in pink on a horse, the PCSO who stopped to say hello and latterly the ice-cream man.

Afterwards we went to The Hound of the Basket Meals and ate dogs.

Quote of the day? (Kev) “I didn’t know this was here” (Dartmoor)

Range Rover Design

I’ve always been a fan of Range Rovers particularly since sitting in a really ratty early one being driven up a ridiculous forest hill in total comfort. Normally when a new vehicle design comes out I take a while to get accustomed to it, this one is different though, I liked it immediately.

Finally I have posted this because I like the way the video is put together, nothing revolutionary I know but it captured my attention and informed me.

Photos of Carrs in Exeter

Some time ago I was sat at home and my daughter said “I’d like to see a yellow Lamborghini Daddy”. I told her that I wasn’t certain I could manage a Lambo but I knew a place new there would be some Ferraris; Carrs of Exeter.

An incredibly fine stock of vehicles complimented by really genuinely friendly and inviting staff, Carrs allowed me to spend an hour or so doing some full-on tire kicking earlier.

A huge thanks to Clare and Mark.

Moto-Verso Feature

Thank you so much to the people of Moto-Verso for their kind words;

It’s one thing making a fantastic looking custom motorcycle but it’s completely pointless unless you can capture the original vision in an image. It’s not as easy as you would think, if you go outside and take a photograph of your bike and then compare then to the images below, it really does take a special eye and a love for the subject your are photographing.

It was a nice post-Christmas present to see their post about my motorcycle photography.