Fiat 850 Sport Coupe.

September 13, 2010

As promised, a photo of a real Sport Coupe. Very nice. More photos after the plunge.

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A Thing of Rare Beauty.

September 8, 2010

One word friends: Triumph. In particular, the pre unit Triumph. What a great little doco! From the intro where the toff narrator slags legs as an outdated, unreliable and inadequate mode of getting about to the orchestral Tom & Jerry busy-in-the-factory music; this legendary piece of cinema makes you long for simpler times. Times where parts for these things were in abundance and a full rig only cost you as much as an oil change today.

Yes, my friends, there were no heel-clickers or superman’s in those days, just a factory Triumph and twenty blokes scrambling aboard, doing 15 on weedy football field. Even the horses look like early Disney scrawls, compared to the wild, thoroughbred, track-devourers of today.

The Triumph factory would be my first stop on my time machine trip, where I would twinkle-toe around the factory to the busy score, scooping up bikes and  parts until the time transmogrifier was stuffed near bursting.

Colour Chart.

September 6, 2010

Here my friend-friends, we have a Fiat Sport Coupe colour chart. How good is it!! I will take photos of the Positano Yellow Coupe we have down at the factory either today or tomorrow and post it here when I get the minutes.

Feline Decline – Part 2.

September 6, 2010

Another one in the series.

Feline Decline.

September 6, 2010

One of the drawings in a series of 7 I did a minute ago, a narration on the declining years for the Cat in the Hat after Dr. Suess stepped off the planet. I chose to take the route where the cat looses the helium in his mind balloon after his creator returns to dust. This particular one belongs to another artisan I know, who works mainly in old Porsche’s. I’ll try rustle up some photos of the others in the series.

Porsche.

August 31, 2010

As Professor Porsche (best name ever) walks the hallowed halls of his posterity, past each one of his sleeping creations, you can only imagine what’s going through his head. Each individual motor would rev as he clops past, the noise of rubber shrieking as the rear-set engine screams delight in his imagination, while reciting his inner factory-walk mantra.

“Keep it together, keep it together, keep it together…”

Oswald.

August 30, 2010

You may remember Oswald from the previous post “Proud New Father”, well, time has ambled and come to a point where the reins of responsibility for restoration have been graciously handed over to me. With many ideas for coolness been tossed back and forth between Daddy and Day-Carer, Oswald is nearing the day where he will take his place on the podium of “Cool”. This car will turn heads and raise fists as he rides low and slow through the streets. Stay tuned for installments.

Billy-Boy.

August 30, 2010

Last year, around this time, a friend of mine asked me to paint his portrait. An honour I gladly accepted. Have a squiz at the painting after the plunge.

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Flick Me One…

August 30, 2010

Paying homage to the old FJ Land Cruisers, the lads at Icon are hand building these beauties and rolling them out the door for a ant’s nose under a lazy $100K. To see more, smash this.

The Old Man.

August 26, 2010

Returned from the desert; where he was, in his words, sitting on his arse mainly, apart from the odd blue with the bureaucrats. I picked him up from the airport, went straight to the pub for a ripper cigar and Guinness (amazing combination, for those who haven’t tried it) where we shot the breeze for as long as the smoke curled. Brief but good, welcome back Old Man.