Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Whitford Chronicles

When I was growing up the only reason you went to Whitford was to go to the tip or buy weed. We took a drive out there for another reason though last week and had a sniff around Mac's Speed Shop. First thing that jumped out (literally) was Graeme's dog Jake. Woof!

Then we spied the bellhouings Graeme's producing for Squeak Bell at Bell Auto Parts in Bakersfield CA. It's a 365-390 Caddy to GM manual adaptor and the first order of 10 units is off to the US this week. Whitford styles!

Some cool builds in the Mac's Speed workshop too including Wayne Gibbens 36 roadster which is going to be mental with twin carbed 59A Flatty, Offy heads, S10 5 speed and open drive banjo diff. It has a 3" dropped axle, lowered rear and 2" chopped screen.

Royce Everett's 32 runs a mechanical Hilborn injected 354 Hemi, Chrysler new process 4 speed and a Halibrand rear.

Lots of owner input/ fabrication on both cars which is encouraged at Mac's Speed making every car very individual with lots of organically crafted parts and none of that cnc bullshit or 0800 generic crap. If you mention CNC in Graeme's workshop you'll be bitten by Jake fairly swiftly. Good boy Jake, GET DOWN!


Hart Attack

Simon Sampson sent me this shot of New Plymouth’s Magog Motorcycle Club outside the White Hart. Taken about about ten years ago.


The Give-A-Fuck-O-Meter


Markets Of Britain


Sunday, August 22, 2010

I'm just popping out to the shed for a few days...

If you saw my post a few weeks back, the T Bucket is off the road for winter so I can kill some birds with some stones. Len is taking care of chrome and polishing of the font end components (Jesus this is exciting) and Jim is rebuilding my trans. Also a couple of before and after shots of the trans cases - on the weekend I painted em up and also finished painting the chassis. The tourque converter is having the stall changed and the fins furnace brazed too. Next step is painting the engine and then reassembly and upholstery in time for Summer. Remember Summer? It's the month of the year when it isn't PISSING down 24/7.

In other news - we have fuck all of issue one left and only a few of issue two. You can get issue two in book stores though so if you're after a copy have a sniff around. If you can't track a copy down then get in touch and we'll try and help you out.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fabricator Kevin says...

We got this pretty cool email from the legendary Fabricator Kevin - check this out...

Aaron and Andrew,

I don't know you, or how you ever decided to send me the first 2 copies of One Percent, but I am very glad that you did. I just got lost in the story about Bill Grant's Monster, and throroughly enjoyed it. A close friend of mine, now approaching 80 years old, installed a freshened V-12 Allison into a 1935 Hackercraft boat in the late '60's (see the attached pics). Having grown up watching Unlimited Hydro's race on the Detroit River, I'm very fond of these mills.

I'm a bike guy at heart, but enough of a motorhead to appreciate anything mechanical, and your mag hits the spot.

Anyhow, I dig the mag, and I thank you for sending me the copies you did. Keep up the good work, and I hope to bump into you lads one day. I did make a trip to New Zealand last November, and had a great time there.

Respectfully, Kevin


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Balls Deep and the Digital Manky

Issue Two is available online now - hit the dirty Manky link to the right and you'll be able to see it. If you don't have internet access then you wont be reading this so you wont be able to check it out but you also wont know you're missing out because you wont be reading this. In which case you'll have to buy the printed version - but hopefully someone else told you that because you wont be reading this.

Anyway, we popped down to the local for a pint at lunch time and read this on the back of a beer coaster...

“All right, brain, I don’t like you and you don’t like me – so let’s just do this and I’ll get back to killing you with beer.”
Homer J Simpson

And here's some Friday Ramones.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Vintage Torque talk, so to speak.

Just checked out number 5 in the Vintage Torque DVD series. Have only watched the first disc so far but there's some pretty cool stuff on there, especially if you like checking out cars more than watching Jackass. Production is fairly rudimentary but the content get's better and better. There's an interview with Matt & Dean from DICE and some cool bike action too. We'll do a "proper" review in the next issue but in the meantime here's some eye candy.