BARBER VINTAGE DAYS MOTORCYCLE SHOW | THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF STEVE WEST

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Ace (Cafe) Corner Barber Vintage Days motorcycle show –photography by Steve West

“Holy shit was Ace Corner a great place to be this year. Again, put on by Dime City Cycles and Ace Cafe– and this year Royal Enfield was added the line up. Being the only place selling alcohol, with prime seating on the hill under the trees at turn 17, that alone makes it a great place to be. It’s also where to enter your custom cafe or vintage bike for a chance to win a trophy in several categories.

At the bottom you could see builds by Walt Seigl Motorcycles, and the good folks from Xcrambler. Cool goods could be gotten from the likes of Ace Cafe Orlando, Grifter Gloves, and Red Torpedo to name a few. Then there were the bikes. Man oh man, all the bikes. People from all over the country come riding one-of-a-kind machines, and this year they were out in spades.

Barber Vintage Days is one of the top annual motorcycling events to attend. After 11 years, it continues to grow and expand. If you haven’t been before, it should definitely be on your list– and Ace Cafe continued to evolve into the VIP spot at Barber.” –Steve West

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Ace (Cafe) Corner Barber Vintage Days motorcycle show –photography by Steve West

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THE BROOKLYN INVITATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW | PHOTOGRAPHY OF STEVE WEST

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The Brooklyn Invitational motorcycle show– photography by Steve West

“In it’s 8th year, the Brooklyn Invitational is far from growing long in the tooth. The last couple of years has seen the invitations going to a broad range of builds and builders. This year was another broad range from the Quail winner of Revival Cycles to the wicked creation from Ehinger Kraftrad. The show wasn’t just inside Root Studios either, hundreds of bikes filled the streets for blocks in every direction. Also this year the annual Indian Larry block party was just around the block in their new location. There you could see every kind of bike you know with more than plenty that wouldn’t have been out of place inside the Invitational. If you didn’t make it this year or before, chances are good it’ll continue to be better and a relevant event to see what’s going on in the custom moto scene.” –Steve West of Silver Piston

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The Brooklyn Invitational motorcycle show — photography by Steve West

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THE MOTORCYCLE FILM FESTIVAL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, GET READY TO ROLL!

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If you’re not in-the-know, and pumped for The Motorcycle Film Festival yet, you should watch this video by DKS! I am honored to be a small part of something as meaningful and big as the fest has become. Without all the amazing artists submitting their heartfelt work, and the vision, dedication, and countless hours put in by co-founders Jack Drury and Corinna Mantlo, there would be a gaping cultural hole in modern motorcycle cinema. Let’s get ready to roll!

The 3rd Annual Motorcycle Film Festival

SEPT 23-27th | 2015 | EVENT VENUE: Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn 11217.

*ALL EVENTS LISTED WILL BE HELD AT LITTLEFIELD,  WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SUNDAY 9/27 WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE SHOP BROOKLYN

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ROBERT PLANT’S POOCH & TOLKIEN | THE INSPIRATION BEHIND LED ZEPPELIN’S LYRICS

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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. 

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VINTAGE RACING AT PENDINE SANDS | PHOTOGRAPHY OF BASTIAN GLAESSNER

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…

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“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

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“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

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THE ART & HISTORY OF THE HOBO COIN LIVES ON IN SILVER PISTON JEWELRY & GOODS

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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…

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THE SELVEDGE YARD X NORMAN PORTER CO. BLACK SELVEDGE DENIM COLLABORATION

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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.

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PHOTOGRAPHY OF KARLHEINZ WEINBERGER | THE 1950S ROCKER REBEL YOUTH OF ZURICH

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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.

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