Relic Moto Vintage Show

Since we moved to Chattanooga in late 2013, we’d been tossing around the idea of holding a vintage motorcycle show, in the spirt and feel of Oil Stained Brain in Melbourne, Australia, where Adam first showed his 1968 Triumph TR6, The One Motorcycle Show in Portland, and The Handbuilt Show in Austin.

In 2015, we decided to go ahead with the show, knowing there had been nothing similar in the Southeast. We set the date (September 19, 2015) and searched for a suitable venue in Chattanooga and finally settled on The Camp House because of its beautiful interior, stage at the front, great food, availability of drinks, and awesome outside patio. Given the space, we limited the number of bikes to 30 and sought submissions for a curated show. Not knowing what to expect, we placed an ad on craigslist and posted on instagram, seeking submissions for vintage motorcycles that were not required to be show worthy, but rather unique, interesting, and conversation pieces. We were super excited to receive emails from as far as South Carolina in addition to local owners and others from Nashville and Atlanta, for 16 different makes, ranging from 1929 to 1980. We had one of very few LaRay motorcycles and a Motorcycle Cannonball 2014 survivor as well as a dedicated Honda CB show on the patio, ranging from a CB305 to a CB750. The bikes were amazing, and the owners were fantastic!

The art from Conrad Tengler of Black Sheep Forge, photography by Luke Padgett (@severalpictures), and original series of paintings created specifically for this show by Paul Friedrich (@paulfriedrichdotnet) complemented the range of motorcycles.

We would like to thank everyone again for their participation, and we look forward to the 2016 show! The date and location are still TBD, but we will keep everyone updated.

To keep up to date on the 2016 show, follow us on instagram, facebook, or on the blog, and make sure to check out some of the photos from the 2015 event:

Hillside Mx

We spent Saturday in Dayton, Tennessee, just north of the shop at a private motocross track. What started out as a freezing cold morning turned in to a beautiful winter day in a fantastic setting. The original plan was for more classes, but with the turn out, 3 classes were formed: vintage, modern, and kids. Following multiple practice laps, 2 races were run in each class, 5 laps each (I think the track was ~1.25 miles). Adam borrowed a bike from a friend because his recently-acquired 72(?) Husqvarna isn’t quite functioning yet, so he ended up in the modern class. I took over the photographer responsibilities and managed to snap about 800 photos before the batteries in both cameras died. I’ll only upload some here, but if you are one of the participants and want more of you, shoot me an email (info@speeddeluxe.com), and I can send them your way. I’ve just set up a flickr account to share all of the photos from various events: https://www.flickr.com/photos/speeddeluxe/

Warming up, hanging out:

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Even dogs get cold
Even dogs get cold

 

 

Bandit  Yamaha  Suzuki Young rider

Riders meeting

 

 

Vintage class:

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More of the vintage class race can be viewed at our flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/speeddeluxe/sets/72157649050526967/

 

Modern class:

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More of the modern class race can be viewed on our flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129546386@N03/sets/72157649456622962/

Kids:

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More of the kids’ class can be viewed on our flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129546386@N03/sets/72157649456442872/

 

 

Next race is December 13 – hope to see you there!!

 

Show Class Magazine

Issue 21 Cover

One of the perks of having your own shop is having an excuse to stock all of our favorite magazines, including Show Class magazine. If you haven’t checked it out, it always features some nice builds, and some nice “builds” in the why we come home section (one of Adam’s favorites).   🙂

We got a bit behind on the issues that we stock but have just ordered issues 20 and 21 to be in earlier next week. Come in and get your copy!

Jamie

 

Evolution of a 1973 Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster Chopper

Unlike Adam, I find it challenging to envision the finished product when looking at a motorcycle that is either in pieces or is something that starts out like this:

original condition

While this sportster was originally going to be Adam’s, for the sake of expedience, it has now become mine (my ’73 Ironhead Sportster is still in boxes, while this one at least ran).

Adam had started to turn it into this:

Adam's version

When I inherited it, it looked like this:

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I had already decided to turn my sportster into a chopper, although I’d never really imagined myself having a proper chopper. But the lines of the bike inspired me to have a king queen seat based on some of the photos I’d seen of other bikes in magazines. So, that’s where it began.

Of course, with a king queen seat, one must have a sissy bar. Adam, please make me a sissy bar that is taller than me when I’m sitting and a seat pan that goes up to about here. I wasn’t happy with the narrowed tank that Adam had on it, so a frisco sportster tank was in order. Next, I sat for a fitting for handlebars (ask Talon how that went):

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Some black paint on the tins and powdercoating on the frame, and it’s starting to come together.

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Although each part on its own, including the trimmed seat, did not match what I saw in my mind’s eye, as it comes together, it is looking like the type of chopper that I wanted:

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Jerry at TJ’s Trim Shop in Soddy Daisy has made a few seats for us now and is always “excited” to see what challenge we have for him next. He was especially thrilled to hear that I wanted daisies on my seat, but he obliged, and they turned out well!

Next, finish the engine, front end, front and rear wheels (which will remain as the originals for now until I decide exactly what I want), and the final paint on the tank (will have to wait for photos for the final effect).

Will keep you updated on the progress….Jamie