All The Handbuilt Show photos & commentary by Steve West, reporting for The Selvedge Yard.
After being at The Handbuilt Show last year, I wasn’t sure the folks at Revival Cycles could out do themselves. Well I’ll be damned if they didn’t. As with last year, there was something for everyone who loves motorcycles. The Land Speeder bike from Revival and the Musket from Maxwell Hazan were both on display and are now going into a private collection. So who knows if they’ll be on public display anytime soon. So having seen those was one of my big drives to make the show again. The rest of the show only had the best of cafes, trackers, resto-mods, complete restorations, chopper and several that just don’t fit in any category.
Max Hazan’s epic Musket. Two Royal Enfield 500cc engines joined to create a 1000 cc V-twin (with the help of Aniket Vardhan).
“What rock and roll owes to Elvis– drag racing owes to Leo Payne.” –Cook Neilson.
Leo Payne at the Bonneville Salt Flats. via
We are stoked and honored that the fine folks at Free People profiled The Selvedge Yard shop in New Hope, PA a few weeks ago. It was a blast working with the creative crew as they highlighted their FP Vintage Loves. Ali, their vintage buyer, has a great eye- and Carrie Yotter is such a gracious soul and wonderful Free People ambassador. Thank you to David & Ginger at America Designs for being our friends and vintage & interior collaborators. Thank you Michael Persico for the amazing photography, and the entire Free People team for making it an awesome day. Click thru to check out his shots…
As you may know, The Selvedge yard website now has a store in New Hope, PA. We want to thank again all of our supporters who made this possible. It’s a great ride so come out to New Hope, PA and say hey! We believe that it’s more about the journey than the destination, and know you’ll have a good time.
We are proud to carry American made goods by Iron & Resin (official East Coast outpost) BillyKirk bags and leather goods, Left Field NYC denim, the Shop Rag Shirt by the Godspeed Co., Forager Co. bags and leather goods, T-shirts by Support Good Times, Midnight Rider, Black Dagger, and more.
Ian Beaudoux and the DKS! crew spent eight months documenting the build of a 1928 Ford Roadster. Check out BMX’er Heath Pinter as he builds the roadster and treks cross-country to participate in The Oilers Car Club The Race of Gentlemen. I ran into Ian at TROG in Wildwood and have been waiting to see the fruits of his labor– so her ya go.
Am I right? It certainly couldn’t be worse than our current crop of candidates…
Get one here, and show your support for the “Green” party…
“The Oilers Car Club was founded in 1947, by five guys returning from World War II. They dreamt, not only of girls while they were away, but of speed. They were a bunch of guys that were interested in going fast, and trying to figure out ways to go faster. One of the founders names was Jim Nelson– he plays cards with a gentleman named Robert Genat– he puts out a book called “The Birth of Hot Rodding.”
Modern day times– me and my gang wound up writing Robert Genat and say– ‘You know this book is just mesmerizing.’ He writes us back and says, ‘Send pictures of your cars.’ He is blown away. He has no idea that there’s guys on the east coast that are emulating what was happening in the 1940s. He and I got talking, and he asked if we’d be interested in taking the club over. And we were just floored. We had no idea that one of the coolest racing clubs in the world would ask us to carry the torch.”
–Mel Stultz (Oilers CC/MC, The Race of Gentlemen, AKA TROG)
Man, The Race of Gentlemen 2015 already feels like a long time back. Damn the blasted holidays for drowning out the amazing memories on the beach and off-season streets of Wildwood, NJ! More good times, familiar faces, new friends, and great races than you could shake a stick at. Mel Stultz, Bobby Green, Sara Francello, Hollywood, and the entire TROG crew over-delivered on a great event, even in the face of a hurricane threat. In honor of them, and to relive the good times, here’s a great little TROG 2015 film shot by the crew at awol.tv x worthless.co–
“This is the closest thing to time travel we will probably experience in our lifetimes. The Race of Gentlemen challenges the owners of hot rods and motorcycles from the 1940’s and earlier to drag race as it used to be done– at the wave of the flag and on the beach. We ventured to Wildwood, NJ to watch the most unique racing we’ve ever seen.”
“It’s one of those places that you immediately make a note about, reminding yourself that a visit is in order. Among the dizzying amount of photos, rants and new’s updates that come across my phone’s screen daily, Atlanta’s Brother Moto continued to appear more and more. Several weeks back, a petition was circulating the web aimed at helping Brother Moto retain their space in East Atlanta. Apparently the city zoning committee decided to retract their permit claiming this particular moto-establishment was a shop providing ‘repair’, and because East Atlanta only allows 2 ‘repair shops’ under their NC-2 zoning Brother Moto would be forced to shut their doors. A shame really. While there were a few bikes neatly parked away, the atmosphere I encountered the moment I walked into their space couldn’t have been further from the definition of a repair shop.”
“In Harrisville, NH is a shop full of magic and mystery where motorcycles too beautiful to imagine come from the heavens. If you believe that’s how it happens, you’re an idiot. Oh, there is a shop in Harrisville where some of the world’s most beautiful bikes come to life, but they’re not done with magic and sorcery, they’re built one at a time by Walt Siegl of Walt Siegl Motorcycles. Magic doesn’t make it happen, it’s a man with a single focus, building motorcycles that will cause people to pause and stare.” –Steve West
WALT SIEGL MOTORCYCLES — All photography is the work and property of Steve West