“FOUR WHEELS MOVE THE BODY — BUT TWO WHEELS MOVE THE SOUL.”

GILDA TEXTER VANISHING POINT HONDA MOTORCYCLE

 

Gilda Texter on a Honda Scrambler in the epic film “Vanishing Point”, 1971.

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Woman riding a motorcycle

That’s a woman on that gnarly chopper!

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1982, Sturgis, South Dakota — Hells Angels at Sturgis — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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June 17th, 1977, Cleveland, Ohio — Plumber Sam Green drives his customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle on a tree lined street in Cleveland.  Green added hundreds of lights, horns, and chrome balls, as well as a television, canopy, CB radio, and tape deck. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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April 17th, 1974, Daytona Beach — They’ve got all kinds of names for members of the younger generation. At Daytona Beach, at least, it might be termed the relaxed generation. Some youngsters from Ohio rest on their motorcycles after arriving in the area recently. Daytona Beach is one of the few resorts in Florida where vehicles can be used on the beach. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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March 9th, 1968 — Cyclists are Sought in Murder Case.  Cleveland, Ohio:  Their bikes are their most prized possessions, say the Animals.  Shown working on their motorcycles are (from left):  V.C.; Gabby; and Tom (only nicknames given).  In foreground is an unusual three-wheeler.  Local authorities are looking for the motorcycle riders who killed two men in a cafe on February 28th.  Three suspects in the case are former members of the Animals. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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Dec 3rd, 1966, Las Vegas — Hordes of teenagers cruise the Las Vegas Strip on motorcycles and in cars at night. Traffic along the strip is bumper-to-bumper every weekend as youngsters arrive to observe and be observed. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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1966 — Members of the Roaming Saints motorcycle gang loiter across the street from a building where police are breaking up a crowd. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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Dec 18th, 1958, Los Angeles, CA — A motorcyclist prepares to turn while driving along a street which is engulfed in a thick haze combined by fog and smog. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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March 14th, 1955, Montreuil, France — Leap to Victory. In the Anglo-French hill climbing tests in Montreuil, on the outskirts of Paris, Belgian rider Victor Lelou, left, leaped into the lead with this jump to put Frenchman Hazianis into second place.  A rainless week coupled with frost made the “track” hard and fast for the motorcyclists.  The machines were inclined to leave the ground but there were no real spills and the leaping juggernauts gave the large crowd a full measure of thrills. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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Oct 7th, 1953, Stockholm, Sweden — Norwegian motorcycle racer Basse Hveem leads the International Moto-Race. He won the race, capturing the St. Eriks Trophy. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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Date unknown — Men on motorcycle — Image by © Wolff  & Tritschler/Corbis

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May 15th, 1951, Montlhery, France — Poggi’s Lambretta reaches speeds in excess of 200 km/h on the Montlhery racetrack. — Image by © Universal/TempSport/Corbis

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May 15th, 1951, Montlhery, France — Poggi’s Lambretta reaches speeds in excess of 200 km/h on the Montlhery racetrack. — Image by © Universal/TempSport/Corbis

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ca. 1950 — A newlywed couple takes off on a motorcycle after their wedding. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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ca. 1949, UK — Sixteen-year-old Maureen Swift riding with ‘Tornado’ Smith around ‘The Wall of Death’ attraction in the Southend Kursaal to promote BSA motorcycles.  – Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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ca. 1943, UK — Major J.B. Joly and a wing of Canadian dispatch riders. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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1941, Vale, Oregon — Men gathered around a motorcycle with stunt bars at an Independence Day celebration. — Image by © Corbis

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ca. 1938, UK — A man drives television presenter Jasmine Bligh during a trick cycling demonstration where the motorcycle and sidecar tip over to one side. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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ca. 1938, England — Motor engineer Mr. H. Jenneret and a passenger try out his new motorcycle and ‘oscillant’ sidecar where the driver and sidecar wheel bend at the same time. This invention stops the sidecar from turning over. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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ca. 1936, London, England — A motorcyclist keeps his balance as his motorcycle and sidecar ride on two wheels during the motorcycle display at Crystal Palace. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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ca.1935 — A couple on a Triumph motorbike camping tour break for a picnic. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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Nov 19th, 1932, Banstead, Surrey, England — A lost motorcylist seeks directions from an Automobile Association (A.A.) road scout, posted to the Brighton road at Banstead, during a bout of dense fog. A.A. issued signal flares glow in a bucket on the curb. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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London, England — Photo shows exciting moment during the motorcycle race for the Coventry Cup on the road track at the Crystal Palace; G. H. Hole’s passenger leaning out at a perilous angle while the machine takes a curve in the course. — Image by © Underwood & Underwood/Corbis

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March 1932, UK — A woman perches on a Royal Enfield, “Cycar”, motorcycle while she asks directions from a Royal Automobile Club rider. The “Cycar” is fully enclosed which prevents oil and grease from soiling its rider. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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ca. 1930, Paris, France — Something New! Motor Cycle Ball Games Are Now Being Held In Paris And This Sport Has Become Quite A Favourite. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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Near Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK — J.H. Simpson won the members’ Grand Prix motorcycle race for cycles less than 350 cc — Image by © Underwood & Underwood/CORBIS

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London, England — Photo shows L. Green shows his heels after taking a bad spill during the Handicap Race at King’s Oak Speedway, High Beech. — Image by © Underwood & Underwood/Corbis

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Stockholm, Sweden — Portrait of Erik Westerberg, who did 104 miles per hour on a Harley Davidson and won the race on Edsviken Bay near Stockholm.  Motorcycle racing on ice is a popular Swedish sport. — Image by © Underwood & Underwood/Corbis

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Weybridge, Surrey, England — British motor cyclist Eric C. Fernihough on his specially designed, streamlined Brough Superior motor cycle, at Brooklands racetrack where he will demonstrate the bike’s speed at the first meeting of the new season.  Fernihough lost the world motorcycle speed record to Germany and aims to regain the title. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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ca. 1925, Weybridge, Surrey, England — Victor Horsman keeps a speedy pace during a motorcycle race at Brooklands in Weybridge, England. Several records were broken during this 1925 meet. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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1925, Scotland — Ms. E. Foley participates in the international six day reliability trials at Brooklands. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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ca. 1925, England — The fashion conscious Debenham sisters ride their motorcycles wearing fun winter coats. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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June 24th, 1922, Grunewald, Germany — German Motorcycle Stars in Great Race.  The start of the races.  Over 500 motorcyclists were entered. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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April 21st, 1920 — Herbert McBride, who recently broke the world’s motorcycle record for amateurs. His time was 105:24 miles per hour, which beats the old professional record. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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1916, New England — The Harley Davidson Company saw the importance of a strong dealer network. A load of new bikes had just arrived at the “New England Branch” of Harley-Davidson in 1916. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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Oct 22nd, 1914 — Early Motorcycle Racer Ray “Kansas Cyclone” Weishaar — Image by © Corbis

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March 28th, 1914, Surrey, England — A motorcyclist holds a Rudge motorcycle during a meeting of the British Motorcycle Racing Club at Brooklands. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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ca. 1912, Berkshire, England — Three men sit on their motorcycles in a street in Maidenhead. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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20 Mar 1911, Weybridge, Surrey, England — British motorcyclist Oscar Godfrey poses with his Indian motorcycle during the B.M.C.R.C. trials at Brooklands. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis

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Date unknown, Minneapolis, Minnesota — In front of Guy Webb’s Minneapolis motorcycle shop, two men ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle equipped with a side car. — Image by © Minnesota Historical Society/Corbis

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14 thoughts on ““FOUR WHEELS MOVE THE BODY — BUT TWO WHEELS MOVE THE SOUL.”

  1. I am right this minute finishing up a project on Realism for my photography degree based on the exact concept of “FOUR WHEELS MOVE THE BODY — BUT TWO WHEELS MOVE THE SOUL.”

    This article has been a good help, Thank you!

  2. as ever-superb,esoteric and inspiring stuff.interestingly bikers still meet up at high beech just outside london,although the race track is long gone-’when i get me some land i,ll invite all my friends on there bikes and we can have a grand old scramble round’ yeh baby

  3. I’m in my 50′s; sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever get to old to stop riding my 40 year old Norton…. NOT!
    Many thanks for this great post, JP

  4. oh man, i’m chompin’ at the bit after reading this post. that white crap outside better melt in a hurry…

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