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Posted on June 17, 2016 - by Mac Chap
Sometimes a person comes along, flirts briefly with your life, makes a hole in your transom and then slips away again but that hole never fully closes.
These pictures remind us of meeting George and Sarah Cohen at ‘Salon Prive’ in September 2014. We never got to have that weekend together.
Posted on June 1, 2016 - by Mac Chap
As the investigative journalist and author, Michael Pollan, says about food, ‘we’re spending more time watching people cooking than actually cooking ourselves’, not something that could be levelled at us of late – although we haven’t been writing, we’ve been whirling like the proverbial dervish getting ready for small-scale production. This one’s only three months late and although we’re being left behind by other forms of social media and our website’s out-of-date, we’re going to persevere with our dispatches in this form for the foreseeable. One day they might be unearthed on ‘Antiques Roadshow’ for their rarity value…
The bearded chap in some of the photos is Mister Ben(jamin) Hall of Valespeed Motorcycles and there’s more about him in our next post in 2019. Together, we made the trip to ‘The Big Smoke’ at the end of February. The props on the stand are almost entirely British-made and mostly the home furnishings of ‘Pitt Towers’ (my gaff looked like the bailiffs had been when we’d packed the van). All the items came from a combination of the local auction rooms and one of the last remaining true junk shops, just down the road.
We love shows and, if you’ve got your wits about you, all sorts of stuff happens when you’re there. We met some ace people and had some fascinating conversations but it’s the ‘nippers’ who helped us put the bike back together who were the star attraction. Here’s our ‘family album’ to give you a sense of our little escapade.
Credit for the professional-looking photo with Ben and Ellis trying to look like a couple of catalogue models goes to Mister Taka Wu to whom we are very grateful for at least one decent shot…
Posted on October 9, 2015 - by Mac Chap
The Oxford English Dictionary describes Sunday as ‘The day of week that comes after Saturday, before Monday’. Here at Mac Motorcycles we thought we’d give you our version of a Sunday, visiting an historic jewel of Cheltenham, sampling delicious, local ale and homemade exquisite savories as well as getting the chance to experience a sizeable pletherer of motorbikes, we give you Kickback, ‘The Cheltenham Festival of Bikes’.
Joined by Ben of Vale Speed Motorcycles on our reminiscent, nostalgic stand, we invited ‘children’ of all ages to take a seat on our Mac ‘Spud’ and visit the array of motorcycles at the prestigious Town Hall and what a sight it was.
We’d like to thank our host ‘Lord Lorne Cheetham’ for his hospitality and organisation, as always it was ‘spiffing’!
Were you one of ‘children of all ages’ that visited us and show, why don’t you post something about your day here…
Posted on July 27, 2015 - by Mac Chap
One of the things we really enjoy about roadtrips and gigs is the serendipitous meetings with interesting people.
Friends and hangers-on always take the piss when I reach for my policeman’s notebook, mid-conversation, and scribble something down that they never get to read. My ‘little black book’ is the one thing I sleep with under my pillow and, in the event of a fire, wouldn’t leave the premises without.
Here’s a couple of entries, from the many, scribbled down on Lord Pembroke’s East Lawn last weekend;
Mr. Andy ‘Keep quiet and empty the till’ Dobson and Liz ‘Eats, shoots and leaves’ James
Andy’s ‘claim to fame’ is that he was one of the team responsible for bringing the ‘Femidom’ into mass production ( a contraption designed to prevent mass ‘reproduction’, more about it here – http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/how-does-female-condom-work.aspx.
Andy now helps companies to ‘straighten-out’ their production process and you can be nosey here – http://lean4business.co.uk/
Liz described herself a ‘grammar pedant’ meaning she reads stuff like this to make sure there aren’t any mistakes before it’s published.
Mr. Ralph ‘don’t press the red button’ Wilton designs car engines for Ford in Dagenham but, by his own admission, he is largely credited with figuring-out how to run belts-in-oil, when others dis-owned him, uttering the immortal words “ It can’t be done” when they left the room.
Mr. Ben Hall of Valespeed Motorcycles
Ben’s Aunt Muriel, now 97 and still going reasonably strong by the sound of it, was assigned to the late, great Graham Hill to nurse him after one of his accidents. It sounds as if she became his confidante, possibly more, during his convalescence as their exchange of glances during her appearance in one of the famous ‘This is your life’ programmes suggests.
Tony’s Dad told me all about the DOT motorcycle with some form of modified sidecar which was used to deliver milk shortly after the war. It used a Villiers 125cc engine and the bottle sat in a rack somewhere adjacent the frame.
Like almost all of our ‘public appearances’, we can’t thank ‘Lord Larry’ and ‘Lady Jeanette’ of Lamb Engineering fame enough, without whose for their generosity and hospitality we’d have been staying at home doing the washing and ironing.
Watch ‘Tarquin’s’ horseplay at Wilton House, Lamb Engineering style
If you came to Wliton House, why don’t you post something about your day here…
Posted on August 25, 2014 - by Mac Chap
We don’t get mail like this very often, in fact, we’ve never had mail like this! It’s so special, it could be from ‘HM Queenie’ herself…
We’ve known for three months now but, like swatting for exams, it seems like everything is a last-minute scurry around to be ready. Our packing-list looks like we’re moving house or leaving home and the charabanc has been booked.
Best get our barnets cut then… but while we do that, have a look at who will be at Salon Prive 2014 with Mac Motorcycles!
Posted on March 27, 2014 - by Mac Chap
Mac’s Ellis Pitt and The Spud will be joining Haslemere Motorcycles’ team during their open day on Saturday 29th March at their prestigious showroom in Bordon, Hampshire.
Haslemere Motorcycles is one of the most respected motorcycle dealers in the UK with roots going back to the 1960’s. They are official dealers for Yamaha and Suzuki and Reiju, with years of experience with Honda, Kawasaki and Triumph (having formally been official dealers for those manufactures for many years). One of the largest stocks of new and used motorcycles in the south of England, with dealer awards from Suzuki and Yamaha along with very high ratings in the RIDE survey over the years.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Posted on June 17, 2013 - by Glamorous Assistant
Motorcycle Cultures: fashioning bikes, building identities, is co-curated by Caryn Simonson and Space Station Sixty-Five. This artist-led exhibition captures some of the motorcycling identities that make different motorcycle ‘cultures’ distinct.
Motorcycle culture has been a source of inspiration for fashion, film, literature and music ever since motorcycles and their riders were first seen on the streets. The exhibition brings together contemporary art, photography and design, image and object, concept and documentation. Motorcycle Cultures seeks to explore the close link between motorcycle styles and visual identities that are fashioned in tandem with these. Themes addressed include: the aesthetics of speed; the DIY ethos of the custom culture scene; and the importance of community, lifestyle and value that the motorcycle can engender.
The work shown is a curated eclectic mix of designed objects, advertising, fashion, photography, film and textiles rather than a comprehensive survey of styles.
Exhibits include: Cathie Pilkington’s Gonk sculpture; Sam Christmas’ custom culture photographs; Phil Polglaze’s original documentary photographs of the Rockers’ Reunion; Mac Motorcycles’ prototype motorbike; Tom Helyar-Cardwell’s ‘Battle Jacket’ paintings and drawings; Philippa Brock’s woven denims ‘Cherish’; Kate Smith’s video work; Caryn Simonson’s ‘dressed up’ motorcycle portraits; Nick Clements’ re-enactment photographs; Erling T.V Klingenberg’s motorbike painting performance; Craig Fisher’s hazard installation; Kathryn Round’s jacket on jacket; Chris Watson’s Bad Motorcycle screenprints; and David Simmonds’ photos exploring speed and embodiment at the TT.
Philippa Brock, Nick Clements, Sam Christmas, Craig Fisher, Adam Fuller, Tom Helyar-Cardwell, Rachael House, Erling T.V. Klingenberg, Ellis Pitt, Cathie Pilkington, Phil Polglaze, Kathryn Round, David Simmonds, Caryn Simonson, Kate Smith, Chris Watson.
Posted on July 25, 2012 - by Glamorous Assistant
I was very well looked after by some friends of an old college friend of mine during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, using a corner of their 16th century thatched farmhouse and treated to delicious homecooked food en famille when I got back each night – ‘just the ticket’ at the end of your day. My 25 mile commute to-and-from the Goodwood estate was split between 12 miles of roads like these and 13 miles of a dual-carriageway which runs a few miles inland along the south coast of Blighty. These roads are in the Meon Valley in Hampshire, a sparsely populated region on the edge of the South Downs (an historic band of rolling chalk countryside which stretches from Beachy Head, near Eastbourne to the Roman city of Winchester)
Story has it that not far from where these photos were taken, in a hamlet called ‘Brockbridge’, in the parish of Soberton, Sir Winston Churchill met with his War Cabinet and allied leaders, including de Gaulle, in June 1944 in a sealed train standing at the platform in Droxford Station. Here they plotted the D-Day invasion of Europe. I was told that the railway closed in 1962 but that there’s a plaque beneath the postbox to commemorate the village’s contribution to the war effort. I’ll go back sometime and take a closer look.
These are the sort of roads and the sort of evenings that were designed for riding motorbikes…
Posted on July 11, 2012 - by Glamorous Assistant
We met some ace folk over the four days standing in Lord March’s front garden aka. Goodwood Festival of Speed, all are worthy of a special mention but father-and-son, John and Steven Collins made a particular effort with us. They had challenged one another to a ‘photographic competition’ during their visit and used the Mac prototype to help settle the friendly rivalry. Steven kindly sent us an electronic ‘wadge’ (we think that’s the current parlance to describe a handful of the photos) of what they took and here’s a selection plus one that I took of Steven taking photos…
Glad to have met you Steven and John, many thanks indeed for the photos and good luck with your photography, play nicely now !
Posted on June 6, 2012 - by Glamorous Assistant
We’ve had tremendous support whilst we’ve been developing the Mac prototype bike, some has ‘come right out of the blue’ from people and organisations we’ve only just met and started to work with. One of those is the ‘Niche Vehicle Network’, http://www.nichevehiclenetwork.co.uk/ an organisation that brings together and champions opportunities for the UK’s manufacturers of specialist vehicles. Not only is it a ‘who’s who’ (a reference to an English directory of the noteworthy and influential in all walks of life, UK and worldwide, published annually since 1849) of manufacturers, suppliers, design and engineering expertise but it creates opportunities for companies to work together. This year they are taking a handful of members to exhibit at ‘The Goodwood Festival of Speed’ and we’ve been invited…
We’ll be there with the first complete (everything but the paint) Mac prototype ‘Spud’ motorbike, please come and see us and tell us what you think ; http://www.goodwood.co.uk/festival-of-speed/welcome.aspx
The photo is of Donald Campbell testing his ‘Bluebird’ car at Goodwood in July 1960 (just a bit before we were born), seen talking to his engineer Leo Villa and properly dressed for the occasion in a collar and tie.
We are on the Niche Vehicle Network (NVN) stand 11, between the Toyota and Peugeot stands, close to all the major car manufacturers (look for a star-shaped tent )