There are heaps of snow covering the sidewalks and every form of transportation I own is immobile… sucks. I’d rather go back to this past August when we camped out overnight at the Mahoning Drive-in Theater outside of Jim Thorpe, PA. A group of us posted up our tents within a stones-throw of the snack bar and laid on the heavy butter for the biker movie triple feature. Check this place out, it’s incredible.
Four years ago a group of us departed from Philadelphia and headed to a foggy Asbury Park, NJ on our bikes to catch the first races I had ever seen on a beach. It was like witnessing something out of an old Hot Rod magazine. Our crew from Philadelphia continued to grow every year and made it the ultimate point to crash the Race of Gentlemen. Now, hosted in Wildwood, New Jersey, the once bustling summer town is deserted for the season and our friends from all over the country gather, free to roam the empty streets.
A couple of those friends from Philadelphia took it upon themselves to build a racecar from scratch in the 3 months prior TROG resulting in a Model A Speedster. Jim and Vincent from SBKH MOTO with their speedster pictured above.
It was a tough start for the SBKH MOTO Team and their Model A on Saturday, when they were barred for illegal knobby tires. They lucked out when a fellow crew had a spare wheel & tire set. The trouble didn’t end there—Constant use of the starter to tune a mechanically faulted carb had drained the battery. A battery and cables were sourced as the car was pushed to the line for it’s first run against the “Cyclone” speedster. The radiator began to overheat, but that didn’t stop the car from making a few passes. By Sunday, the team had the car dialed in but failed to make the bracket. A success nonetheless.
I spent the past two months developing this leather wrapped, hand-painted rendition of Nudie Cohn’s infamous “Gilded Palace of Sin” suit, which he originally made for Gram Parsons in the late 60s. I brought the idea to Mike Stampler of Norman Porter during a late night dice game and he decided to assist me in upholstery the Biltwell Helmet. Once everything was wrapped, I proceeded to add the drug-laden design of the original suit with Kafka pin striping brushes and One Shot enamel.
It’s off to Biltwell to be raffled at this year’s Babes Ride Out. One lucky babe is going to get the chance to get this thing dirty.