Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Benedict Radcliffe was born and brought up in Kent, Benedict Radcliffe, 31, studied at the Mackintosh School of Art in Glasgow. After graduating, Radcliffe pursued an interest in
the commercial fabrication and construction of interiors and furniture as well as art and sculpture working with leading Glaswegian architectural fabricators Scott Associates/
His work looks at a number of themes; his love of machines and engineering
This lowracer is powered by a 29cc "RC" 2-stroke engine with a spindle drive and hard tires - about as cheap and crude as one can get in motorsports. It was constructed in the late spring of 2006 and ridden in June 2006. The 2 wheel steering system produced very high cornering speeds and exceptional tracking stability.
Monday, June 29, 2009
A Binder sidecar attached to a 250 cc DKW motorcycle. Binder sidecars were specifically fabricated for the 250 and 350 cc DKW's. About 800 were produced by special order, and about 30 are known to still exist. The photo is a genuine "Werksphoto" from the '50's. It shows two typical features... the "bonnet" that can be opened to facilitate entry into the cabin. Via:
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Duzmo Based Biggs 1922 Special, using a modified 1921 engine."Duzmo Motorcycles were started in late 1919 by the partnership of John Wallace, chief designer and the Portable Tool & Engineering Company of Enfield Highway. Most of their engines were built under contract by the Advance Motor Manufacturing Company of Northampton.
At the latter part of 1918 Wallace began to design a high performance motorcycle engine. He advertised his design in ‘The Aeroplane’ to any firm wishing to diversify after their war contracts had ended. Such a company was the Portable Tool & Engineering Company of Enfield, who were impressed enough to take on Wallace as Chief Designer. The initial plan was to sell engines to other motorcycle manufacturers. By September 1919 the first engine was ready for trials, it was 88.9mm x 76.2 giving a capacity of 475cc."
Via: Oakington Plane
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Two riders, one from an unknown Belgian unit and another of the Canadian Army. The Belgian Sergeant on the left rides an FN (Fabrique Nationale) Mk XIII Motorcycle with special front fork suspension. The WLC on the right is a standard 43WLC 'Export' version with the rear luggage carrier removed. Via: The Liberator
Pict via: sidecar.it
La strada, or The Road, is Federico Fellini's episodic journey of the lives of outcasts. Zampano travels from village to village with his Ercole performing a strongman's feat of breaking an iron chain by expanding his muscular chest. His act requires a helpmate so he purchases Gelsomina from her destitute mother for 10,000 lire. (Zampano's former helpmate had been Gelsomina's sister who had died on the road.) Gelsomina becomes Zampano's slave. With much difficulty she learns to beat a drum, announce his act—"Zam-pan-o is here"—, play the trumpet, and fulfill his sexual needs. Zampano lives in a world of physical appetites, while Gelsomina communicates with the sea, the birds, the flowers...
Via: Film Reference
"A mahout is an elephant driver - the word mahout comes from the Hindi words mahaut and mahavat, which are derivatives of the Sanskrit word mahamatra: "[one] having great measure."
Sanskrit language distinguishes three types of mahout: Reghawaan, one who controls elephants through love, friendship and understanding, Yuktimaan, those who use ingenuity in outsmarting this highly intelligent beast and Balwaan, those who control elephants with brute force and harsh words and frequently ends up being attacked by the anguished animal.
On average, it takes around three months to school a wild elephant and for them to learn the essential 6 commands: sit, stand, walk, stop, turn and carry a 500lb BSA motorcycle on your back... "
Via: Falcon Motorcycles Blog