Thursday, 3 May 2012

JEFFORDISM







A local bloke who worked on a farm came in to my workshop one day and said he was going to build a Triumph chopper, i gave him a 10" wide Magnesium wheel off a Metro 6R4 as a joke. 9 months later he won best in show at the R&B. I have never underestimated him, i stand there saying "where did you get that from ?"  the answer is always "i made it", see that gearbox casing ?.... This is Vic Jefford's Carousel, hopefully ready to blind you at Beaulieu Custom Show in June. I dont want to say you 'aint seen nothing yet, but you 'aint seen nothing yet. This will be the best show bike ever built in the UK. Not kidding.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh dear,. . . theres no such thing as a 'show bike' theres bikes and theres sculptures. The former is for riding the latter is for looking at, end of story. Willi

THE BIG MAMA INTROSPECTION said...

wow ! i'm impatient to see a pic of the whole machine.

Anonymous said...

I think the guy is an absolute genius/artist no question. But Willi certainly has it right.Geoff

WhitelinePsycho said...

Deay anonymous Willi, you're incorrect on this one there is the occasional creation that on its own merit becomes utterly valid as a visual experience only, this insane piece of gorgeous, hand fabbed madness is a case in point. WOW !!!!! Mindfuck !!!!

Pete Stansfield said...

Oh dear oh dear "is it art ?". A motorcycle is by definition a motorised cycle, the sculpture in question has an engine and two wheels, it will be registered and quite rideable, it will be exibited at places called Bike Shows so can it not be called a Show Bike? It is for looking at and can be ridden on the road. When you see it i think you will be quite surprised by how "normal" (in chopper terms) it is.
I rest my case for the accused.

arcadian said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Vics a talented bastard. Reminds me of John Reeds yamaha of back in the day.
Someone has to push the envelope.

Anonymous said...

c'mon Pete thats a cop out, ive yet to see ANYONE on a radically built 'show thing' caning it down the m'way or even riding in the rain, THEY all say they do, we all know otherwise, don't we. whiteline psycho seems to agree wi me, ie 'visual experience only' don't scratch it for fucks sake. Willi

Guy@GK said...

I think Vic is a genius. His bikes are ideal platforms to showcase his engineering talents and creativity.

But to me they might just as well be static steam engines or model aeroplanes: I stand back from the object and mutter 'wow!'... but as motorcycles they hold zero interest for me.

Anonymous said...

Willi Oh dear oh dear, I actually have a photo of Vic riding the truly radical Saracen up the motorway on his way back from the Bulldog Bash SHOW with his hands behind his head. Alongside him were me and Logie all doing approx 80mph. Logie's Predator had just won Best in Show with Saracen runner-up and Miss Liberty had got Best Chop. After the Rock and Blues SHOWctivesse osionu one time a letter was printed in BSH about us from a Scottish lad with his mates on, in his words 'a bunch of Streetfightered Blades doing about 95mph when Lin on Miss Liberty , closely followed by Vic on Saracen passed them like they were stood still'. And just for the record the times we have been dry, wet and dried out again before getting home are countless. Just because you've never seen it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Unless of course it was all a mirage...... LOL! Lin

Anonymous said...

well you are his missus. i'd love to see THAT picture , I spend a lot of time riding, I know what I DON'T see, I also know a BSH person whos seen Vic getting one out the back of a van 1/2 mile from a well known bike show, sadly they never took a photo.Willi

Hawkstone said...

Is it entered @ DIRTQUAKE, Pete ?? ;)

Anonymous said...

Vics bikes are works of art!
Willi's bikes are the real deal. Built to cross continents, and get you home whilst not worrying about how much autosol you have left, and how many hours of polishing it will take to make it shine. If dosh were no object, I would still buy one of Willi's bikes over Vics, but thats down to taste/personal preference, and what you want out of it. Vic is a genius craftsman no question, and im sure the bikes get registered/ridden(occasionally)if we all liked the same style, we wouldn't be here now talking about it. Hats off to Vic,and his happy customer,its all a matter of what you fancy. I fancy riding over cleaning,got any bikes for sale Willi?.G

Anonymous said...

Guy, we don't just build bikes to go in shows, you should have a look at our everyday bikes too, but just because you ride them doesn't mean they have to be scruffy and a pile of shit.
We have never got a bike out of a van 1/2 mile away. We either ride them there or van them right into the show. Warhorse was the only one we vanned part way and that was about 8 miles down the road due to it being due to be shipped to the US for a show and being up against bikes that would NEVER even run never mind see the road.
I spend a lot of time on the road too but I've never seen you Willy - so does that mean you don't really ride, you just say you do...? I don't think so but if it makes you feel better, carry on, it gives us a chuckle every time. Lin

Pete Stansfield said...

Welcome to Eat The Rich UK Forum ! Did all this really come about just because i called Vic's bike a bike?
For the fans of Destiny Cycles i will hopefully post more photos of "Carousel" in a week or so as it nears completion, if i'm allowed near it again.
Smiley face LOL

Anonymous said...

so now its all about Lin is it?, I said ive never seen a radical showbike been ridden BY ANYONE ont m'way, I do on average about 12/15 thousand miles per summer mostly on m'ways. we all know you cant fuck off for a fortnight around europe doing 3 or 400 mile a day on a sculpture, wheres all ya shite n tackle going to go, bungee marks ont h'bars, oh dear me no, that won't do at all. get back to real bikes for fucks sake. ps. personally i'm ecstatic that the fat tyred 'fad' has died a death......Geoff, ACME's for sale! Willi

Anonymous said...

How much are you asking for it Willi?
Cheers, G.

Anonymous said...

have you got owt ya want to swop, evo heritage? yank p'up? give us an e mail, big_twin@btinternet.com cheers Willi

Anonymous said...

See ya at Beaulieu Vic n Lin. I will be there with the one that doesn't get ridden (yet). Jim

Anonymous said...

are you hard of thinkin Jim, she's admitted she vans em in, do try harder...willi

Anonymous said...

Never tried to hide it.....we do whichever suits us.
Hope to see ya there Jim,if we make it, should be a good weekend xx

Anonymous said...

Sorry Willi, I don't quite get ya. I meant I will be taking my bike - the 'Northern Bell' and the furthest that's been is up the street. Once it's done a few shows it will get ridden - not too far though, coz I don't think my knackered old bones will take it :) Jim