Stunning, but what I'm fascinated by is the pipes: how were they formed? If it were today they would most likely be hydroformed, but I don't think that was in general use in 1977. Could they have been drawn over a variable mandrel or stamped in two halves and welded maybe...?
BCM, a great chop blog with an interest in dirt riding, posted last week about serious injuries sustained by Alan Foster, one of the guys I looked up to back in the day when I was racing. While any injury is bad news, the real reason the post stood out was due to the BMX Plus cover he accompanied it with. It really brought back memories of an era of my life I remember very fondly, I'd grab that magazine every month and spend way too much time virtually building my dream bike with all the mail order ads, pour over all the action shots and read everything looking for tips. I even had the UGP plate AF is sporting in the cover. I still have my Boss Primetime from those days but I'm just about to offer the pile of BMX Plus and Ride to the fate of Ebay. Maybe I'll just hang on to one...
The So~So's reminded me how often I used to pour over Harry Bradley's sketches in Custom Rodder Magazine in my late teens. While I certainly wouldn't implement all of his ideas but there are many I would, but even if we were to ignore the design credibility completely, his skill with a pencil is phenominal!
I've been casually looking for a new jacket for a while now, it got a little more urgent yesterday when I noticed that the zip on my existing Dainese has started to fail. I finally found one I want! Water proof, breathable, stylish, quality, safe, it ticks all the boxes, just a pity about the US$999 price! In the mean time I think I'll look more into this one from Aerostich.