Showing posts with label The Phil Mather files. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Phil Mather files. Show all posts

Sunday, 13 May 2012

DUTCH KNUCK


Fred Beenhaker's Knucklehead from Phil Mather's MCM Superseries July 1978 featuring a Triumph sprung hub and two BSA front brakes back to back.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

NOT AGAIN !



The original write up and photos in NMM (May '77) by the original Phil Mather. I promise not to mention Old Blu' again, ha ha had my fingers crossed behind my back so doesn't count.

Monday, 16 April 2012

NMM SUPERSERIES. THE HASH PAPPY



The 2012 look in 1975 or the 1975 look in 2012. Either way seeing as i'm now lost in Sportster wonderland it's near on perfect.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

SUPERSERIES - BRASS MONKEYS


Lack MacCormack down the boozer with his Beezer in 1976. Valued at £850 when New Motorcycling Monthly was 35p. Back Street Heroes is now over 10 times that amount but i doubt if you would get 9 grand for the A10. Does that mean old bikes are not a good investment after all ?

Thursday, 29 March 2012

SUPERSERIES ENFIELD



The first of Phil Mather's original Superseries, Nig Staley's Constellation from Motorcycling Monthly 1977.

Monday, 26 March 2012

REARVIEW MIRROR



Almost finished the "Rearview Mirror" series from 1990s BSH but to keep the ball rolling Phil has found me a few copies of New Motorcycling Monthly from the mid '70s in which his "Super series" was originally published. Going to kick off with the first of those shortly, hopefully the layout used should make them easier to read on here too.
Some great '70s shots from Phil to come as well, here's a taster..

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Sunday, 18 March 2012

MOTHERS DAY MATCHLESS





Rod Turner's Matchless in 1977 from Phil's Rearview Mirror series. Paintwork by his dad.

Friday, 9 March 2012

FOOLS GOLD




Unfortunately you just know it will now be in the correct frame with the correct tank parked alongside a load of other correct Goldies at GSOC meetings.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

THE MAN FROM UNCLE BY THE MAN FROM DORSET

It was going to be a good weekend, Rufforth Autojumble Saturday then Newark Sunday followed by a meet up with Sideburn's GI at Scunthorpe Speedway and an hour or two watching the practise session with some photos for on here. Rufforth was moist, cold and stalls were sparse but Newark was drenched and almost unoccupied and to cap it all Scunthorpe was rained off.....so here is another rearview with Phil.



By popular demand ive posted the full article (hopefully readable when enlarged) Some more good stuff about John Reed soon.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

ONDER FROM ELL

This is the bike that started me off on this series of Phil's articles. Benny was looking for the feature he remembered from an early '90s BSH as inspiration for the Trip Out giveaway bike and i rooted it out and passed it on.



The motor is a CB750 bored to 1000cc with Venolia pistons, RC rods, flowed head with piper cams and big Keihins. Frame and owner are not named but forks are MP and front brake is from Unity at Rochdale. Neat.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

PURPLE HAZE

Ian Holden's Purple Haze from around 1977. Ok it wasnt purple but there must've been quite a haze going on when he thought this up. He made everything, obviously, where would you buy anything like this ?.
The motor was a 650 Bonneville with a Rickman 8 valve conversion, it usually annoys me when people look at chops and customs and say thats a waste of a good engine but ....



Thursday, 23 February 2012

APACHE





Another Leon Wallace built chop photographed by Phil on Wimbledon Common in 1975. The mans own words "A stunning machine for its time, very bright and tidy, practical New England as opposed to whacky California. Seriously if you like British bikes it makes you wonder why Ray and John ever bothered with Harleys"

Sunday, 19 February 2012

MIDNIGHT TOKER

My favourite from the Rearview Mirror series, built by Glenn Jollife up here in the North East using a BSA frame and gearbox and Custom Cycles Springer with just about everything else being home made. Phil took these photos just after the '76 London Custom Car Show.



Monday, 13 February 2012

ANGEL FOUR

Rick West's Honda CB750. It featured a Kustom Korner frame and tank while 6" over fork tubes, exhaust and electrics box were down to the owner. Almost a kit bike of its time using many of the standard Honda parts.



Sunday, 12 February 2012

MORE LOOKING BACK WITH PHIL

Panhead choppers are almost commonplace in our virtual world now but in 1976 Dave Lane's was possibly the only one in the UK. Built for him by Leon Wallace Customs at their little shop in Putney Bridge Road.




Wednesday, 8 February 2012

THE PHIL MATHER FILES

Trevor Edwards' A10 complete with Triumph sprung hub and another questionable seat.
Great street shots featuring MK1 Transit, Marina, Escort van and flares with sew on badges, yes i did do that.



Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Sunday, 5 February 2012

THE PHIL MATHER FILES



In the mid '70s journalist Phil Mather did a number of photo shoots and features on the top UK custom bikes of the era, most were featured in a long gone magazine called Motorcycling Monthly and 18 years ago were repeated in BSH as a series titled Rearview Mirror.
Phil (and BSH) have been good enough to give me the OK to re-run them on here and i will be posting them over the next few weeks. I dont propose to imprint the photos with a logo but please remember these are all copyright to the owner and he is keen to keep it that way so no re-blogging without permish', ya.