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CVMG Rally – Paris 2017

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Ameliasburg 2016

After getting the engine back from Herb Becker, it sat in the garage.  As the Quinte CVMG rally in Ameliasburg approached I quickly got my 750 Norton Commando together, only running the day before heading out to Ameliasburg.

Paul and I left Toronto taking my favorite route out of the city. Up the DVP/404 to Elgin Mills, north on Warden to 19th line and then following 19th till it ended at York Durhan Line, north to Uxbridge Pickering Town Line. The corner has a great 1920’s garage across from a looming subdivision. We followed that until it ended at Glen Manor Forest and took Concession 7 north to Goodwood Rd (#21) till it hooked up with 7a. We then followed it to Cavan to pick up Malcom. Here’s the route https://goo.gl/maps/dZ77vWiaHTk

We left around 11 and got to Cavan Hall just around 1. At Malcolm’s house I noticed that the oil return line was slipping off so I put in on properly. Unfortunately I pulled the hose loose at the oil filter end and it slipped off 5 min down the road. At first I thought my clutch was slipping as the engine revved when I gave it throttle – it was the back tire spinning. I was in the middle of figuring out what was going on when Paul pulled up and motined to pull over. Poor guy was covered in oil, from boots to fairing and helmet, he even tasted it. At least it was nice new oil on a rebuild…  I got the hose on properly on the roadside, Malcolm eventually doubled back and found us.
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Pinakothek Der Moderne – Munich 2009

I visited the Modern Art Museum in Munich in 2009. I was pleasantly surprised to find the museum is a great mix of art gallery and modern commercial design. Of course being in Munich there was a heavy BMW presence.
The streamlined Tatra 87 was a highlight. The Czech built car was influential on Porsche’s KdF Wagen (VW beatle) designs. So much so that Tatra was in the process of suing Porsche, but that was dropped when Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia. In 1965, the matter was settled when Volkswagen paid Tatra 1,000,000 Deutsche Mark in compensation; you can see the two cars up on the shelves in the second photo.

Tatra 87, powered by a rear-mounted 3.0-litre air-cooled 90-degree overhead cam V8 engine that produced 85 horsepower and could drive the car at nearly 100 mph (160 km/h).

 

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CVMG Paris Rally: 2015

Another Paris Rally, great weather – here’s a few pics of what caught my eye this year.

 

 

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Snow can’t stop a Puch

IMAGE: JOHN CHILLINGWORTH/PICTURE POST/GETTY IMAGES

Photographer John Chillingworth took these photos at the 1953 Motorcycle Skiing championships, held at Ehrwald in Tyrol, Austria. The skiers held on to ropes attached to the backs of motorcycles  — some even with sidecars — which had spiked wheels to grip the snow.

German skier Karl Baier won the championship that year. In four years of racing, his driver had never been hurt.

The pictures were first featured in the UK’s Picture Post magazine, which featured more than 400 of Chillingworth’s photo essays.

Originally posted on Mashable.

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