Marcel`s Sedan

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Shot Marcel`s (aka VonKlit) Sedan yesterday in the burning afternoon sun.
Hot.



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Project 2.0 #2

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So,
I got me a fine piece of tubing the other day (thanks FD)
The other bike is sitting in the garage, waiting for a new owner but gets a fresh rebuild head before it will leave (if someone will ever buy the thing...)
So i use it to make some parts, for dimensions and stuff, to see how things look...and to sweat in the garage instead of taking it out on the road, on the other hand its great to work with friends..

Welded me a set of handle bars today, test fitted the tank, decided to narrow the tank
Will drop it further over top tube as well so it sits level with the upper fork tree, besides that, the tunnel is kinda wide for the small top tube.

Crappy phone pics...Apple should do something about that

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Local Style

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Some more Japanese stuff, sent in by e-mail, thanks !
Sorry guys, my japanese is probably just as bad as your dutch, but i do like to look at pictures !



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front hub

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Mexican Ad

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And i think; Tequila....

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note to self

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Note to self;
bring 10 bucks for FD.

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Drachten Dragraces Pt.1

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Visited the Dutch Drachten Nationals on Saturday
The rain didn`t leave till mid-day, after that it was all good
Some pics;

Starting help.

Oops...



Awesome sound !

Business end of Roel`s BelAir, he ran this new car (formerly owned and raced by Henri Joosten) for the first time and was kinda anxious how it all turned out, me too...

Heating up tires for his first competition run

After the run, a straight run, all by the book, looked flawless, impressive time
Roel ended up taking first place.
Congrats ! Impressive !


Also new on the track was this BelAir from John Gerritsen, car and driver did good, had to get used to each other but set a very nice time
Car looks awesome.
Too bad that he could only run it once during Saturday, a crash of one of the competitors at the end of the day ended raceday 1.
Just before the crash i was directed to the other side of the track, unfortunately a fellow photographer was mildy injured during the crash, talke dto him afterwards, he`s okay.
Photographed the crash frame by frame, do not want to publish the results, photography is something else for me.

Visit http://www.explosion.nl/ for more Dutch Dragracing and the Dutch Nationals.

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Drachten Dragracing

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This weekend, Drachten Nationals
More info on www.explosiondragracing.com/
I`ve got a special interest for the SuperComp Class, Roel will be making the first runs with his freshly rebuild Bel-Air
John, who almost lives next door, will be making the first serious runs in the Pro ET Class, also in a Bel-Air

I`m anxious to see those guys run !

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Janta

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Whenever i expierence those moments of spare time behind my computer i surf to Flickr
Searching and viewing cool stuff from all around the world, by now you know that motorcycles and cars have my special interest.
One guy that i follow for a long time is Janta, former editor of Vibes magazine, now a journalist and translator, most of all a man that loves motorcycles as they come.
Janta lives in Tokyo, Japan rides a #80 FXWG
Every time that i browse trough his photostream i am amazed by the diversity of styles of american made motorcycles, i hear people say that a lot of parts and complete motorcycles are shipped towards Japan.

From what i can see the motorcycle vibes are a big thing over there, made me wonder, so i contacted Janta.
Some bits and pieces from our conversation;

The Japanese custom bike scene has got every style; old-skool choppers, mods, dirt-trackers, rockers, streetfighters, So-Cal style, diggers, frisco, high-tech euro motorcycles.
Choppers and Bobbers from the 60`s-70`s are hot for some years, long forked choppers where popular before that.
The OCC styled and other big fat-tired cnc-d aluminum accesorized bikes never made it into the scene.
A chopper equals a Harley, its been that for many years but the trend is changing, many Japanese singles or twins are becoming more popular, these "small bike"customs have a long history. Poor young kids who couldn`t afford the bigger prized Harleys started building with domestic bikes.
The levels of quality builds in that category are growing, its becoming a category of their own.
Many shops created beautiful domestic based customs and are getting trophys at shows.
At the same time British chops came and became popular at the same time, before that only Rockers rode Brit bikes or Yamaha SR-based customs.
By now Japan hosts 6 custom shows every year, West Japan Motorcycle show (Hiroshima, April) Joints Custom Bike show (Nagoya, April), Cool Breaker (Yokohama, May), FTW show (Kumamoto, May), New Order Chopper show (Kobe , August) and the Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom show (Yokohama, December).



Most of these shows are being featured in magazines worldwide, they draw visitors from around the globe.
So, you see, the Japanese love their old motorcycles very much, Flathead to Shovel are very loved, most of the owners really ride their bikes hard, no matter what year, model or style.



A repeated run and repair cycle every time, backed up by skillfull mechanics and shops.
It is misunderstood that customers of bikeshops, builders of customs and choppers only display their bikes at shows, the run and repair cycle is what lives more, crazy stuff is happening on the streets, most people have no idea how cool the scene from day to day and night to night really is.
Choppers, Customs, and old style bike owners struggle to get their bikes trough the 2-yearly tech-inspection, and really get their kicks on the open road as a street legal bike.
Being a journalist Janta has found famous custom bikes in bikshops, on parking lots at every show, or on a street corner, a great feeling when he encounters an early Zero enginered bike.
A friend of him, A French magazine editor described the Japanes custom scene as "a lost world" when visiting the latest Mooneyes HotRod Custom show."that`s right" says Janta, her you can find something that you have never seen before.
For those who are interested; visit Janta`s photostream on Flickr
A fine collection of motorcycle related pictures;
Check out the awesome amount of pictures, gives some insight in what`s going on in Japan


All photo`s taken with permission from Janta`s photostream

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John`s

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Project 2.0

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Collecting parts for project 2.0
Picking up frame tomorrow, might start grinding and cutting

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Climb Dance

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I`m not really into rally but i do think this footage rules !
Not to mention the driving skills....

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Blogroll-Add.

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Added Michael`s blog to the blogroll
Some nifty bicycle stuff, plain cool stuff and fabrication projects
Micheal loves to weld, i`ve heard that he`s pretty good at it too..

Check out his boardtracker cruiser bicycle http://general-wheels.blogspot.com/2009/04/boardtracker.html
Pretty damn cool, makes me wonder what this guy comes up with when he gets his hands on a motorcycle....
Check out his stuff on http://general-wheels.blogspot.com/

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Getting there

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...was the best part of the day.
Heading for Bottrop with members of the Trashers, followed by a bunch of other cool cars
We ended up in a field full of cool cars, great people, cool stands but most of all dust.
Rain came and got rid of the dust, we left early.
Weather is something the guys that organise this show cannot control, unfortunately.
Still amazed by the amount and variety of cool cars that can be seen on this event every year.

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This weekend

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flathead

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tools

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things that make holes.

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