Saturday, March 19, 2011
The race that started Triumph's claim to fame in American Racing. The 1953 Big Bear race had 448 entries, with only 83 finishing. Four newly made Martin Spring Framed Triumphs were in the mix and Vern Robinson's came in first after the leader Bud Ekins took out his Matchless in a slide. Vern had only been racing for a year and only had one previous trophy on his mantle.
Being a large fellow, Vern had no advantage in the power to weight ratio area, and the suspension had its work cut out for it. I like the high California bars and plain control levers pointing towards the sky.
The story behind the 1953 race winner.
A year or two ago a guy had a complete Triumph twin Martin chassis including forks as seen in this article offered on ebay. An extremely rare find!
Unknown 1950's era Martin Swingframed rider.
First kid on the block to build one that I know of in the modern era, David Edwards Iron Tiger Martin Swingframe as featured in the March 2000 issue of Cycle World magazine.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Talk about some eerie timing. My most sincere wishes for the well fare of our Japanese brothers and sisters. No matter where you are, take a lesson here and prepare for the hardest of times because they can visit you anywhere you live in the blink of an eye. Following reports now of potential escaped radiation heading towards the west coast of the United States in the coming days...