Posts tagged history

Leslie Porterfield doing a burnout on a Honda CBR1000rr, photographed by Danny Fulgencio. Leslie is in the Guinness book of world records for being the World’s Fastest Woman on a Motorcycle, and is also the mother of twins. She’s a pretty rad lady.  
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Leslie Porterfield doing a burnout on a Honda CBR1000rr, photographed by Danny Fulgencio. Leslie is in the Guinness book of world records for being the World’s Fastest Woman on a Motorcycle, and is also the mother of twins. She’s a pretty rad lady.  

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Manuela Raffaeta posing with the 1974 BMW R90S that made superbike history at the BMW museum in Munich. 
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Manuela Raffaeta posing with the 1974 BMW R90S that made superbike history at the BMW museum in Munich. 

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Another historic motorcycle image- three young women posing with a motorcycle on a dock circa 1919-1927, this one comes from Mack Senate comedy films.
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Another historic motorcycle image- three young women posing with a motorcycle on a dock circa 1919-1927, this one comes from Mack Senate comedy films.

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Ladies Leading the Pack

I see this photo (or it’s similar counterpart) at least weekly while I’m looking through my favorite blogs, checking instagram feeds, etc… and the first time I posted this to the motolady site, I didn’t have a backstory. So here we are, with some history. 

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Richard Britton (1970-2005) in an epic downhill power wheelie on a GSXR1000 during the 2004 Ulster Grand Prix that takes place Ireland’s countryside. 
The photo might look like it’s from Isle of Man, but it aint! The Ulster Grand Prix, aka the “World’s Fastest Road Race” takes place on the Dundrod Circuit near Belfast and started in 1922.
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Richard Britton (1970-2005) in an epic downhill power wheelie on a GSXR1000 during the 2004 Ulster Grand Prix that takes place Ireland’s countryside. 

The photo might look like it’s from Isle of Man, but it aint! The Ulster Grand Prix, aka the “World’s Fastest Road Race” takes place on the Dundrod Circuit near Belfast and started in 1922.

[ more mini history lessons | more racing ]

Francisco “Baby” Pignatari riding a giant cruiser motorcycle circa 1958 (Harley? I’m not familiar enough with these to quote the make and model). Baby was a successful Brazilian Industrialist who married Princess Ira von Fürstenberg (actress, designer) in Reno, Nevada in 1961.
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Francisco “Baby” Pignatari riding a giant cruiser motorcycle circa 1958 (Harley? I’m not familiar enough with these to quote the make and model). Baby was a successful Brazilian Industrialist who married Princess Ira von Fürstenberg (actress, designer) in Reno, Nevada in 1961.

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German motorcyclist circa 1954 with his BMW (probably an R67/2 or R51/3) in full leathers, sporting a very fascinating face shield. 

[ more History | source: LIFE ]

Jimi Hendrix photographed on a chopper, used as the cover for the compilation album called ‘South Saturn Delta’.
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Jimi Hendrix photographed on a chopper, used as the cover for the compilation album called ‘South Saturn Delta’.

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Big fan of The Vintagent, rare old motorcycle photos combined with history lessons we probably wouldn’t hear of otherwise.

This is a 1903 twin-cylinder Buchet, from the Age of Monsters…built for track racing in those early days when there was ‘no replacement for displacement’…this engine was probably 2976cc, and Maurice Fournier rode it to 75mph over the flying kilo that year. Buchet invented the vertical twin! Imagine riding this beast, stretched out directly over a hot engine; my guess is he didn’t ride it long!

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Big fan of The Vintagent, rare old motorcycle photos combined with history lessons we probably wouldn’t hear of otherwise.

This is a 1903 twin-cylinder Buchet, from the Age of Monsters…built for track racing in those early days when there was ‘no replacement for displacement’…this engine was probably 2976cc, and Maurice Fournier rode it to 75mph over the flying kilo that year. Buchet invented the vertical twin! Imagine riding this beast, stretched out directly over a hot engine; my guess is he didn’t ride it long!

Visit the Vintagent blog.

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Went to a few antique and vintage shops today in Ventura… awesome stores and a couple scores. Rotations was by far my favorite, with the 50cc Indian minibike, vintage motorcycle stuff sprinkled throughout a bunch of other wares including old street signage and antique photos of women and motorcycles. I snagged an old pair of leather motorcycle pants there, and the owl business card holder at Time Bomb. 

Good stuff. 

Kerri Cameron rides the Wall of Death at The Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. 

The Wall of Death, also known by the names motordrome and silodrome, is a carnival favorite that dates back to 1911. The very first motordrome appeared at the Coney Island amusement park in New York city. 

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The Nürburgring- on the list of places I must ride. 

The Nurburgring is located about 43mi/70km South of Cologne, Germany and can hold up to 150,000 spectators. The older “North Loop” of the track is just under 13 miles long, and has more than 1,000 feet of difference in it’s lowest and highest elevations. 

The GP-Strecke section is 3.2 miles long with 16 turns, and the total track length is a hair over 16 miles (25.947 km) with 170 turns. Construction of the track began in September of 1925.

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Harley VS Honda - a group of Harley fanatics surround a man taking a sledgehammer to a Honda motorcycle. Photograph by Ann Simmons-Myers circa1974.
[ source: FTW Garage blog | more motorcycle history ]

Harley VS Honda - a group of Harley fanatics surround a man taking a sledgehammer to a Honda motorcycle. Photograph by Ann Simmons-Myers circa1974.

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Famous and talented painter Georgia O’Keefe hitching a ride on her land, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM with Maurice Grosser on his 1938 Harley Davidson Knucklehead. Photographed by Maria Cabot circa 1944.
Fun fact- when I was in Primary School, fifth grade, we did a huge project for an event called, “Night of the Notables” wherein we would dress up as our chosen historical figure. We had to create a large display board of our work and talk about it as if we were the person we were portraying. My choice? Georgia O’Keefe. It was fantastic being able to hang her paintings of flowers and skulls as a child. 
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Famous and talented painter Georgia O’Keefe hitching a ride on her land, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM with Maurice Grosser on his 1938 Harley Davidson Knucklehead. Photographed by Maria Cabot circa 1944.

Fun fact- when I was in Primary School, fifth grade, we did a huge project for an event called, “Night of the Notables” wherein we would dress up as our chosen historical figure. We had to create a large display board of our work and talk about it as if we were the person we were portraying. My choice? Georgia O’Keefe. It was fantastic being able to hang her paintings of flowers and skulls as a child. 

[ source: TSY - Women Who Rode Away | more history ]

Sammy Miller, world renowned motorcycle road racing and trials rider, kicking some ass on a crazy cliff. While camera angles can be tricky, from his body position on the bike we can clearly tell it’s a challenging/steep grade hill.
Miller was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1933 and went on to win over 1300 trials races and many other road races. His victories were mostly on Ariel motorcycles, but later he became the lead developer at Bultaco on their ‘mdern’ two stoke motorcycles.
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Sammy Miller, world renowned motorcycle road racing and trials rider, kicking some ass on a crazy cliff. While camera angles can be tricky, from his body position on the bike we can clearly tell it’s a challenging/steep grade hill.

Miller was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1933 and went on to win over 1300 trials races and many other road races. His victories were mostly on Ariel motorcycles, but later he became the lead developer at Bultaco on their ‘mdern’ two stoke motorcycles.

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