The Land Rover Series 1 was an unapologetic, purpose-built machine designed with utility in mind first, and transportation second. It was originally released in 1948 with a two-speed gear box, an unusual semi-permanent 4WD system, and creature comforts like a roof and door tops offered as 'optional extra equipment.' The Series 1 wouldn't make a Sunday ride to grandma's a pleasant one, but it would sure as hell get you over the river and through the woods without flinching.
Wheels & Waves 2014 just happened. I had planned on posting some lengthy, esoteric write-up to accompany these photos, but with the beautiful French women, motorcycles, and beautiful French women riding motorcycles – well, I've probably already got your attention.
David Marvier was our man on the ground for the third annual Wheels & Waves hosted by the Southsiders MC in Biarritz, France. The talented photographer, who's work has graced our pages many times, shares a few words with us after the gallery. Stay tuned for Issue Fifteen featuring David's complete write-up, along with more images and words from the Southsiders MC.
Writing about Wheels & Waves is not an easy exercise. The energy, the excitement, and the creativity were almost tangible the first minute my feet hit the ground.
The place is just amazing. You can look at the whole city to your left, but on the other side, there is a beach and the ocean, with a light house up on a hill close to it. A small breeze makes the harsh sun enjoyable. And then, in the square around the light house – engines, motorbikes, bikers, sexy tan legs, beers, vintage clothing, and parked motorcycles from high level builders from all over the world. There is a California vibe in this otherwise French place. The city, usually quiet and sleepy, is full of different exhaust noises, and everyone is as excited as a kid on Christmas.
The second day brought the races. What a great experience to see Seb, the owner of Lucky Cat Garage (featured in Issue Thirteen), racing with his dragster, the Sprintbeemer, and David from El Solitario with his old, oily Harley, or those fellows with old classic BMW's, BSA's, Norton's, and others. It felt like being in a Sergio Leone western, moving from one world to another.
The third day was a 250km run in Pays Basque. Many different bikes and bikers were represented here – from the trendy Parisian, to the old biker with 1920s Norton. I had more than 200 motorcycles in front of me! What an amazing experience.
I told the Southsiders MC that they gave us a great weekend, but they told me that all of us did it. Great people and great spirits. Don't miss it next year!
David Marvier Photography
'What We're Drinking' is a regular column in Iron & Air Magazine where we share a drink recipe and a story from someone we’d want to imbibe with.
For this round, we sit with the Vintagent – Paul d’Orleans.
In my former career as a muralist and decorative painter in San Francisco, I’d ride an old bike to work when I could. In the late 90s, that was a 1928 BMW R63, which even the moto-ignorant appreciated for its Bauhaus beauty. At the time, I was faux-woodgraining every door in a 32-unit Art Deco apartment block, and I met each resident. This included old-school bachelor Hans, who lived with Fritz, both in their 80s. Hans was excited to see the BMW. He’d wanted one just like it growing up in Germany, but the war...
The old gents invited me for a drink at 4pm. I’ve seen some kick-ass decorating by old queens, but was flabbergasted to find their home was a shrine to Kathe Kollwitz, the German graphic artist and sculptor known for dark, anti-war, humanistic images, whose work was suppressed by the Nazis. I scanned walls stacked with original drawings and prints. I’d never seen such a collection in any museum. Fritz offered a tall, cold, brown drink as I stood agog with big eyes. “So you know the artist?” he asked. Yes I did, but after a sip, I admitted not knowing the cocktail! “Ah,” he said. “Like our artist, this is a Dark and Stormy.”
With such an intro (leaving aside that a pair of German art lovers picked the national drink of Jamaica as the punchline to their home décor), how could it not become my favorite?
Starting out with a good ginger beer is critical. In a highball glass, squeeze the juice out of a small lime, then pour the glass about 2/3 full with ginger beer. Add ice, but leave an inch of room at the top, and stir. Then add an ounce or two of Myers’s Dark Rum (depending on the drunk you intend), and enjoy the darkness spreading down the glass, an inverted sunrise, a Dark and Stormy.
Paul d’Orleans is an artist and a writer living in New York City, best known for his personal site ‘The Vintagent,’ which chronicles the unique stories of motorcycling history.
Own the jacket that made the trip to Patagonia and back.
Our friends, James Crowe and Jordan Hufnagel, traveled over 20,000 miles in America's best. Now, we've teamed up with Woolrich and West America to produce the final run of only 100 jackets to be made from this collaboration. This last run is in limited availability through Iron & Air. When they're gone – they're gone.
Designed for spontaneous actions and unscripted journeys.
Inspired by the James and Jordan's motorcycle trip from Whistler, British Columbia to Patagonia (chronicled in Issue 8 & 13), these garments are the direct result of a shared mission to create American made, fully functional, superior quality, timeless goods – manufactured to get dirty, withstand campfire smoke, ride motorcycles and stand the test of time. Constructed with heavyweight waxed canvas and a simple vision of functionality, this jacket will stand up to the harshest beatings and will mold to your body over time. The jacket was put to the test every day on their motorcycle journey to Patagonia, South America. It is full of purpose-driven, simple features like the snap closure glove pockets, wrist cuff snaps, and a removable throat guard for cold rides.
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Details & Specs
- 100% Wax Army Duck Cotton, 10 oz
- Two upper snap-closure chest pockets
- Two lower handwarmer pockets
- Spread collar with collar throat latch
- Bi-swing, gusseted shoulders for ease of mobility
- Snap adjustable cuffs
- Gently curved bottom hem
- Slight dropped back hem
- Heavy duty Talon zipper
- Length: M-30½"
- Made in USA
The Enduropale du Touquet is a race that has been held in France each year since 1975. Nearly 1,200 competitors take part in the annual three-hour enduro melee that takes riders across the coastal dunes in an all out barrage of metal, sand, and flesh. Where do we sign up?