Friday, October 26, 2012

Triumphs at Barbers Vintage Fest

This year the Barber's Vintage Festival was sponsored by Triumph motorcycles and like a good company they decided to embrace the heritage of their name. Most of us know the history of the old and new Triumph so I won't rehash it. I did take advantage of this to take some pics though. Most of these were int eh Triumph tent in teh vendor area, but a few were spending their time in the swap meet area. Check em out and enjoy the view, I don't know anything about them except that they looked damn good.....

Maybe soon life will settle down and I can enjoy some chopper time to share with y'all. I spent last weekend on a great trip with my Wife enjoying North Alabama, the Natchez Trace Parkway and Franklin, TN. I'm learning more about my new camera and hopefully will be able to apply it to some cool bike pics. Later....

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Barber's Vintage Festival 2012 (Vol. 2)

As the day got later the fun just kept on happening. Marty had to head back Saturday night to work on Sunday so we made sure to get around to see as many people as we could. Eventually we had to say goodbye to Brother Roadside. He left right after the fireworks show and Ian and I headed over to the Ace Cafe area to see the Cigar Store Indians play. They put on a great show as usual and I had a good time even if it did end kinda early. After that we made it back to the campsite where everyone commenced to having a good time. I'll leave out the details except to say that bearded Brian either owes me one or is gonna kick my butt depending on how things work out. The fun went on pretty late and we ended up waking the next morning to dark skys and rain in MS headed our way. Because of this the other crews packed up and took off. Us local guys hung out for a bit and hitchhiked a ride with Ben over to the pits to see Warren from Jr's Cycle get ready to race. After that we hit the vendor area to eat and eventually packed out gear and headed to the house. It was a great weekend and I can't wait for the next one. It is so good to get to see folks that I don't see often enough. I an truly lucky to be a part of the scene I love. Catch y'all later and enjoy the rest of the pics....

Haint Nick and Matt from Wheels Through Time. Matt was getting in trouble as usual ;-)

John the Painter, Roadside Marty and Matt Walksler.......A crazy crew if I ever saw one.

Brunson and Dills talking trash as usual.

Stogie Joe showing how he earned his name......."Free Stogie Joe!!!"

Jeremy from Hate City Custom in Atl. Someone else I consider "good people". And if you follow his Wife Jessica on Instagram she will keep you highly entertained!

Bill and his lovely wife Kita watching the fireworks. and that's Chopper Ed photobombing in teh background ;-)

The Cigar Store Indiand ripping it up.

Giving that guitar hell!

The next morning packing things up.

Chopper Ed loading his bike.

Can ya tell from this picture that it got a little crazy the night before?

Warren ready to go race.

Indian racebike blasting by. I needed my zoom lens for this, but of course I didn't have it with me.

Looking down past the museum curves.

And that's it for this year. Hopefully I'll have some more fun stuff to post soon.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Barber's Vintage Festival 2012 (Vol. 1)

Another great weekend at the Vintage Festival. I am SO lucky to live near this great facility. They always put on a good event and this one was no exception. Some of my peeps were able to get out there Thursday or Friday, but I had to wait until Saturday. It all worked out in my best interests though. Saturday morning I met up with my friend Clay at the Tip Top Grill in Bluff Park then we headed over to meet up with the legendary Roadside Marty to make the ride into the park. We took the back way into the park so that we could enjoy the curvy road and eventually made our grand entrance that was of course noticed by no one because of all the traffic. We eventually got sorted out and made our way in to hook up with Ian, Bill, the Mississippi crew and the guys from Gadsden. Once I got my tent set up it was time to start checking things out. The rest of the day was spent wandering around the swap meet looking for cool stuff and talking to the folks we know. I didn't find a damn oil tank, but I did narrow down what I was looking for. Enough of all this. Here are a ton of pics to look at. If you didn't make it this year you need to put it on the
schedule for next time it's worth it!!!

Bill and Ian ready to get my weekend started right even if they had already been there since Thursday night.

My buddy Clay. We always seem to hook up to ride out to the local events.

Roadside and Bill waiting for the tram.

What kind of man wears a "What I see" blog shirt? Why this kind of course. One of that rare breed with the best of taste and a knowledge of what's truly cool ;-P

One of my new friends. Ben fro Benderworks in Atl. Ian and Bill already knew him, but I just met him this weekend and am proud to say he is "good people" and I'm glad to know him now.

Goodies to dig through.

More goodies!

The Show Class guys and the Haints were sharing a vendor space. This seemed to be a central place find the people you already know and should probably stay away from.Lots of fun was going on here for sure.

They parked their bikes behind the tent. A lot of cool bikes cycled through this space over the weekend. (Congrats Brunson on that new FXR ).

I love Servicars!

Of course Marty knows EVERYBODY and has to stop and talk to them all ;-)  That's Benji one of my favorite photographers on the right.

Hard to believe that my Triumph looked just like this when it rolled out of the factory.

Marty relaxing outside the Wall of Death.

I told you he knows everybody. Here he is talking to Charlie of Wall of Death fame.

There was an art show and silent auction of some really cool custom painted helmets. Ian was able to buy the one he wanted, but there was no way I could afford what this one was worth no matter how much I really wanted it.

What a beautiful helmet!!

On the tram again with Ian, Marty and AJ from Mississippi.

Sweet shovel parked along the side of the road outside the swap meet area.

That's it for today, I'll post some more pics tomorrow.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fun Weekend Camping With My Custom Cousins

Saturday we headed out for the Alabama Confederation of Clubs meeting in Dothan. We had a great ride down and attended the meeting where we got voted in as members (Woo Hoo). To celebrate we headed over to Blue Springs State Park to camp and have some fun. There were a LOT of signs saying "No Alcohol Allowed", but the Park Ranger was a Biker and looked the other way. He even made sure we had a site as far away from everyone else as possible. We commenced to celebrate and have a good time until it was time to sack out. Of course one of us got a little deeper in his cups than was wise, but that seems to be a normal thing for our crew and he paid for it the next morning ;-) After getting up and breaking camp we headed home looking for a good place to eat breakfast. we ended up settling for Hardees since we didn't see anything else. Saturday's weather was great, but Sunday was chilly and windy, it was still a good day to ride though. This was also the shakedown cruise for Ian's new Shovelhead and other than a few issues that will be addressed soon it went very well. The motor started 2nd kick every time (except for the cold start on Sunday). All in all it was a good weekend and a great warm up for Barber's next weekend. I hope to see y'all there!

Getting ready to pull out. You can see I'm loaded down as usual, but I needed a backrest anyway.

Ross and his rare Honda.

Billy and Whitey both had broken bikes so they caged it and carried the "party supplies".

The next morning.

Another view of the campsite.

About time to load up.

Saw this sweet ride somewhere along Hwy 31.

I LOVE this picture of Ross!

Quick roadside stop for the cagers to driver swap.

Ross was loaded down as well, but his rack handles it with ease.

Ian Cruising.

Damn traffic!

Trying to get through Montgomery.

Passed this motel, I LOVE these old signs!

I'll be glad when I can get caught up and make posts a little more regularly. Every time I think I'm there more stuff gets piled on ;-)