Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and his beloved ‘Strider’, named after J. R. R. Tolkien’s character ‘Aragorn’ from ‘The Lord of the Rings.’
Bron-Y-Aur Stomp was penned by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page back in 1970, and named after the tiny cottage in Gwynedd, Wales where the band holed-up after coming off their North American tour. The rustic, old home (with no power or running water) was a welcome escape to refresh the road-worn band and inspired several epic songs for Led Zeppelin III, including Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. “There ain’t no companion like a blue-eyed Merle,” was Robert Plant’s tender, lyrical nod to his sweet lil’ pooch, Strider in this song. Tolkien references can also be heard in a few other Led Zeppelin songs– Ramble On, The Battle of Evermore, and Misty Mountain Hop.
Photographer Bastian Glaessner shot these incredibly cool pics of vintage hot rod racing at the legendary Pendine Sands. His eye and unique style has created a strong signature that feels rich and nostalgic. The images are so stunning, I could stare at these all day…
“I was super chuffed when Neil Fretwell of the VHRA recently invited me up to the rugged Welsh headland that holds the infamous ‘Pendine Sands’ for a weekend of vintage racing. Since the early 1920s cars have pelted down this 7-mile stretch of fine golden grains to chase automotive speed records. On this early July weekend a mad crowd of hot rod racers from all over Europe had assembled their beasts at this historic spot. By the time I got there Friday after dark, the field around the Museum of Speed was brimming with glorious pre-1949 rods, glistening in the moonlight, begging to be let loose on the endless stretch of tidal sands below.” ~Bastian Glaessner
“Come Saturday morning and first the Welsh weather gods got their own. Heavy winds and some blistering downpours overnight meant racers had to be patient a little while longer whilst the team of helping hands were busy getting the course up and running. Once the fences were up, the 110 yard timing section established and the mile long track cleared of stranded giant jellyfish, the show got underway. As if on cue the sun popped out from behind the clouds, crowds gathered on the beach and with a mighty “ROOOAR…” our cars rolled out onto the sands to line up in the pits. What an exciting display of vintage sheet metal that was!” ~Bastian Glaessner
The TSY store is now open, and is proud to carry: Iron & Resin, BillyKirk, Silver Piston, Norman Porter, Biltwell Inc., The Shop Rag Shirt by GodSpeedco, The Cafe Rocker, “The American” cutting board by Gowanus Furniture, photography by Scott G. Toepfer, art by Conrad Leach, curated vintage by America Designs of Lambertville, NJ, and of course our own TSY goods. It’s been a long time coming, and we are happy to finally show some photos from opening day. Come and visit us at 110 S. Main Street, New Hope, PA 18938.
Iconic 1957 Chevy hood – handpainted with “The Selvedge Yard logo by Jaime Cartagena.
We now have the 1952 BSA A10 Dragster originally built and raced by Mikey D’Antonio of Philly– it dominated the illegal drag scene, regularly beating bigger Vincents and Harleys. John Lawless was so generous to bring it down to live in the shop for a couple months, and Charlie Kowchak, who originally bought it from Mikey D. and owned it for over 50 yrs, came into the shop to share the rich history of the bike with me. He also owns the ’61 Harley XLCH that eventually beat Mikey D’s BSA, and we talked about having that in the TSY shop next! We definitely plan to have a heavy rotation of badass bikes in the TSY shop that you don’t see every day… And check out our new online shop featuring all our brands here.
The Selvedge Yard is proud to offer Silver Piston jewelry in our online shop here.
“As a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s, I was always intrigued by old buffalo nickels. I used to get them from my grandfather and would eventually spend them on candy. As a jewelry maker, they’re a cornerstone to a lot of my jewelry. It all started a couple of years ago when I bought a bag of them off eBay to see what could be done with them. One day I was in the studio working on a half inch wedding band for a friend. Since I had more silver I made one for myself and then it happened…
We are at it again. TSY reached up to Mike & Dave Stampler over at Norman Porter for the ultimate black jean, and they nailed it. If you remember our last collaboration with Norman Porter, the quality of make, materials, and attention to detail are second to none. This time there are only 10 pairs, and when they’re gone they’re gone for good. They will go live tomorrow 7/7, 11am EST on our Shop page here.
Karlheinz Weinberger’s photography is often described as, “What happens to white Switzerland when black music is played by a white man, and then radioed across the Atlantic to Europe.” While there are clearly strong homoerotic overtones present and some may judge and decide to look no further… I’m drawn to the strong fashion stance and attitude of rebellion in these kids that is driven by the American music and movie scene of the time (Elvis, James Dean, Gene Vincent, etc.) that they masterfully embraced and evolved into there own subculture, Halbstark or “Half-Strong.” Almost 50 years later, it still inspires.
Photographer Bastian Glaessner shot these incredibly cool pics of the UK Atomic Festival described by the organizers as– “…an international line-up of bands & DJs playing in spectacular indoor venues, traditional flag-start drag racing, air displays, jiving, bopping & strolling, an enormous big-top with a 6,000 sq ft dance floor, a pre-1963 car show and drive-in movie, poodles, roller skating… and the best festival atmosphere ever!”
“On slight short notice I headed up north last weekend to meet up with a bunch of UK retro heads that got together on an old 30s airstrip outside Northampton to celebrate the annual Atomic bash of serious vintage fair. This mid-century-inspired festival had everything the gentleman drag-strip connoisseur’s heart might desire– a field full of polished pre-’63s metal to draw you in, plenty mean Rock ’n’ Roll fuzz booming from the speakers of the multiple stages, the gravity defying riders of the Demon-Drome of death spinning their 1920s Indians up the 30 foot wall and last but not least a glorious stretch of glaring concrete that just begged the rod riders to be raced!” ~Bastian Glaessner
“Despite the somewhat grey skies the eclectic mob turned out in style! Bombers, raw jeans, pomaded hair and neat pressed curls as far as the eye could see. From gear-heads to knuckle freaks, young-guns to old-timers, everybody made an effort and rocked up spotting their most stylish attire. It all made for a photographers dream really.” ~Bastian Glaessner
“Me and some buddies of mine had traveled to Daytona hoping to see Leo Payne. There were rumors he was going to come there and kick ass. All the fast street bikes parked on Main Street to show off your stuff and get up races but there was no Leo Payne. One sinister looking Sportster was parked there when we arrived. It looked like a Cafe racer. After looking at more “fast looking” bikes I went back to be with mine. Soon a guy came up and started looking my bike over thouroughly. It had twin Linkert carbs and Dytch big bore cylinders on it, a dead give-away. This guy asked who it belonged to and I proudly raised my hand. “Want to go out in the country and race” he said. That’s what I’m here for I said. He went to get his bike ….and it was the Cafe looking bike. It was about 10:00 pm as we headed out and at least 25 bikes went with us to watch. We found a long straightaway and decided it was good. The guy asked if I wanted to start from a dead stop or a rolloff. I said a rolloff. We were both side by side at about 20 mph when we turned the throttles at exactly the same instant and the other bike jumped out to a bike length lead on me and it stayed that way through all the gears up to about 130 mph, the fastest my bike would run with the gearing I had and besides it was pitch dark on that lonely highway. I was VERY disappointed to have lost as we rode back to downtown Daytona, trying to get back before the law got to us. As we parked I introduced myself and he said “I’m Danny Johnson.” It was the beginning of a friendship that lasted until his death.” ~Frank Spittle via
“A Mind Shredder, two Harley-Davidson engines, each stretched out to 107 cubic inches, power this 460 pound Goliath. The thing has already devoured a quarter mile in 8.51 and its teeth haven’t been honed. Does the monster have a seven second future?” Motorcycle Journalist, Sandy Roca, on Danny Johnson’s Goliath, ca. 1973
Danny Johnson’s rolling flame burnout on a single Harley-Davidson Ironhead drag bike.
I’ve heard from a lot of people for a very long time, saying that they just want a clean TSY T-shirt that says THE SELVEDGE YARD and not F*CK or TRAMP all over it… So here is our new TSY logo T. All men’s T-shirts are printed on American Apparel MADE IN USA 100% cotton T’s.
Thanks for your support! JP
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I cannot express enough how excited and proud I am to see my 2 good friends Chris Logsdon and Allan Glanfield (the guys behind The Godspeed Co) now bring their labor of love to life– The Shop Rag Shirt. It’s been over 3 years of dreaming, conceptualizing, networking, planning, designing, and toiling-away in the works. I will always remember the day Chris unveiled the idea to me over two yrs ago, laying out his passion through excited hands and a cocktail napkin, and now I’m wearing the damn thing– it’s unbelievable. I liken it to a pair of raw selvedge jeans that you break in, and over time becomes one with you through form and function. With each wear it tells a little bit more of your story. This is one over-engineered, beautiful piece of all-American work that will last for years to come. No detail overlooked– right down to the brass shank-style grommet buttons that are secured to the fabric (both made in Connecticut) with a leather washer.
The Shop Rag Shirt by GodSpeedCo – all photography by Eric Mooney
Now available in the TSY store, click here.