This fortnight’s shirt is designed by Don Haring – illustrator and more.
I met Don through the vintage scooter scene here in Philly. Besides scooters, he has a variety of vintage 2 and 4 wheeled vehicles.
It is possible that Don has illustrated almost every rally shirt for the past 12 years for the Hostile City Scooter Club and Rabble Rousers – he is a freelance storyboard artist and also teaches illustration at Drexel University.
The shirts are printed on maroon Canvas (Men’s) and Bella (women’s) 100% cotton Tees. Go buy one now!
Shirts are available for purchase only from now until this Friday (March 22) at 11 am. They will ship after being printed next week.
On the shipping page choose the fortnight deal and shipping will be 4$ per 2 shirts, and 12$ being the max cost for 5 or more shirts shipped within the US.
In this first episode we chat with Scott, Mike, and Matt from Motopickers – http://motopickers.com
Music was performed by QCMW’s own shop band. Music editing by Michael Lawler.
Time is Tight & Hip Hug Her (Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Al Jackson Jr.)
In the next shirt in the fortnight series we have Matt pull out a page from the skating past. This shirt is for those of you out there that started with four wheel on a plywood board (mine was plastic and sucked).
In the coming fortnights we have even more folks to look forward to:
Matt Welsh from (The Self Centered Man), JP from (The Selvedge Yard), Sean Theobald from (Philly Scooters), Brian Isserman the man at (Primer, Michele Melcher the (awesome illustrator), Terence Bishop from (Bishop Brand), Frank McShane yes an (illustrator), Don Haring (yup another illustrator), Jeff Day/John Joslin (TreeFort), Mike – where we get the shirts printed – hi voltage, John Ritter another amazing illustrator, Bob Lewin, Jon Geiger 2stroke nut job at GeigerWorks), David Keen, Jack Randleman, and Pete Young from the blog Occhio Lungo
Right now most folks lust for the post war days of motorcycling. Dominators, Goldies, Bonnevilles, Tigers… those are the bikes that stir the imagination. Engines that could pull the ton and brakes that were not always willing. While I love these bikes and would not blink in getting a chance on one, it is the bikes made between the wars that I think truly capture what it is I love about things on two wheels.
The depression and then the war saw the end to many moto manufacturers here and in Britain. Many of the more unique and innovative makes lost out to the austerity of the post war years that could not afford their top end offerings and some like Rudge had been repurposed for the war effort and never came back.
That brings us to shirt number 2 – Rudge Whitworth. RW is probably one of my favorites of these makes. Like many in their day they started as bicycle manufacturers and soon dabbled in bikes and cars alike.
Remember these specific shirts are a limited time offer and are available for purchase until this Friday (Feb 22) morning (offline around 10).
Shirts will be 100% cotton black Tees made by Canvas and 20$ each.
I have addressed some issues we had with shipping for the first one. On the shipping page choose the fortnight deal and shipping will be 4$ per 2 shirts, and 12$ being the max cost for 5 or more shirts shipped within the US. I am working on costs for shipping to the UK and Europe and will update those soon.
This is the inaugural shirt in a series that will be rolling out every fortnight. Every two weeks we will be releasing a shirt that has been designed by one of the awesome folks we know and respect. They are a mix of designers, artists, moto folks and all but one ride (sorry Frank). Each shirt will be announced on a Tuesday and available to purchase from then until early Friday morning (before 9).
So far involved in this project:
- Matt Smith (Smoke & Throttle)
- Matt Welsh (Self Centered Man)
- JP (The Selvedge Yard)
- Sean Theobald (Philly Scooters)
- Brian Isserman (Primer)
- Michele Melcher (Illustrator)
- Don Haring (Illustrator)
- Terence Bishop (Bishop Brand)
- Frank McShane (Illustrator)
- Jeff Day/John Joslin (TreeFort)
- Mike – Hi Voltage (The Printer)
- John Ritter (Illustrator)
- Bob Lewin ( Philly area wrench monkey)
- Jon Geiger (GeigerWorks)
- David Keen (Designer)
This first shirt was drawn up in cooperation with Frank McShane. Frank is an incredible illustrator, as well as the shops landlord. Both Frank and I have a love of vintage (20s, 30s and 40s) design and illustration which made him perfect to work with on the design of a logo refresh for the shop and translating that into a shirt design.
Shirts are available for purchase from now until this Friday (Feb 8) at 9 am. They will ship after being printed next week. So… stop hesitating and buy your shirt now!
Update: these shirts are no longer on sale
Just outside the Javits was this little piece of history. How many other folks noticed it was a Rudge?
The past couple of weeks have been jammed full of moto events; the Vegas auctions, IMS show in NYC, the Hammarhead/Guzzi event in NYC, as well as the Perkiomen AMCA Swap. Since I am rubbish at making my own posts here are some good ones about the past few events.
It is always a treat to see something as amazing as the Burt Munro Special.
IMS show in NYC was a bit of a bummer. I was looking forward to see in person the new ‘Cafe Racer’ from Royal Enfield, but they were a no show. My favorite of the show had to be the Zero electric bikes.
The Moto Guzzi V7 – classic styling and moody lighting.
The Sunday right after was the Perkiomen AMCA swap in York – this is one of the bigger events in the Mid-Atlantic area that I can think of (especially this time of year).
Well, back to work now.
This one is for all you east coasters that are currently trapped inside as hurricane Sandy starts to make land. Below is a list of some great moto-blogs, hopefully your power will last long enough to read them.
- Dave Roper Racing
- Smoke and Throttle
- The Selvedge Yard
- Special 79
- Bubble Visor
- Corpses from Hell MG
- The Self Centered Man
Many more out there and some obvious ones I have missed here, but you don’t need me to tell you to read Bike Exif or the Vintagent.
Back in December I got a call from ‘Mike from Golden’ asking about a piece of unobtainium for a 50 something Triumph. After some chatting I realize that it is Golden, as in Golden, Colorado – and as coincidence would have it I was going to be outside Denver that next week.
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime…
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.