Sunday, April 13, 2014

Respect and loss-Larry Pierce

You'd think as you get older you get more calused and resistant to hardships, but no.  I got not one but two late night calls from friends last night. At first I thought, they want me to come join them since it was not yet midnight on a Saturday night in California, but I was drifting off to sleep. Not for long. 
They told me that Larry Pierce, one of our invited builders for Born-Free was just killed in a tragic accident wrapping up his long time girl friend Ashley's 30th birthday party. 
There are no words that can make sense of this, especially if you knew Larry. He was larger than life with an even bigger sense of humor. He was someone you figured would live happily ever after. 

I met Ashley before I met Larry. It was early evening of the setup day of Born-Free 3 and we were rousting people out of the grounds for the night. I came around back of a big white box truck were people pointed to and said that's where they got the moonshine. I peeked in the back and a girl with a heavy southern accent greeted me. It was Ashley, she said they'd been selling moonshine out the back of their truck the whole way to California from Alambama to pay for gas. How could I be mad? She asked if I wanted some, Apple or peach? I chose peach. 
It was the bike Larry built that year that got mine and mike's attention and we figured we'd be stupid not to ask Larry to be an invited builder for Born-Free 4. 

I  greatful for the couple of years I knew Larry. People like him are more valuable than diamonds these days. He always made you laugh and would probably give you his beard if you needed it. 

My heart is heavy for his family. The one saving grace is that I am sure Larry made the most of the time he had here on earth. Please don't let life pass you by. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Born-Free news

If you aren't already checking the Born-Free Show site regularly you need to. There is lots of news for this year's show that you need to know as well as new videos rolling in like this great one on Invited Builder Larry Pierce from Garage Company Customs in Alabama.
There is also a Born-Free YouTube channel were you can get tons of BF and related videos. Check it out HERE.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Happy wedding!

Well they finally did it!  Yesterday was the blessed wedding of Mr. And Mrs. Peterson!

Monday, March 17, 2014

March Madness Sale

Check the store for some great deals this month.  No code necessary!  Happy st pattys day!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Art & Fuel at BORN-FREE 6

I really want to thank Zach from Throttle Addiction for inviting me to be a part of this kustom paint exhibit at BORN-FREE 6.  It is an honor to exhibit work alongside some of the best bike painters around. 

here is a little bit about the exhibit from Zach himself:

I wanted to assemble an artistic showing of all the different styles of motorcycle painting you see these days.  There are so many talented people putting out crazy works of  art. My goal was to create an exhibit where its all about the painters, so I contacted 7 Artists, gave them a tank and asked them to go nuts.  Were have an open call for the 8th and final spot! To get in on the action head over to Chop Cult and throw your hat in the ring. Entry closes Friday 3/14/14 .  
Enter Here >

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


We know the locals are hassling Shige and the Mooneyes crew about noise this year in Yokohama, but the show must go on!!!! 
I can't wait! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

March 22-Born-Free X Loser Machine party!!!

It's almost that time of year again! March 22 is the Born-Free / Loser Machine pre party at the Garage Company in Los Angeles. Free food, free drinks, free stuff, AND you could win a Panhead engine that day!!! Buy two or more BF6 poster/ticket combos CLICK HERE and you're entered to win!! Of course you're also entered for all the bikes and goods at Born-Free 6. You don't need to be present to win the engine at the party, BUT you must be at BF6 to win stuff at the show.

CLICK HERE for the location of the Garage Company

Feel free to repost!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

motorcycle memories

I used to have this on VHS and thought it was long gone but now its on youtube, 3 cheers!  you've all probably seen it but I had to share
in part 1 dig the Atlas piped panhead!
part 1

Some drag race action with a tiny bit of choppers in this one.  actual footage of the Vincent "barn job" racing.  At the end you'll see the daughter of the man, Chuck Adams, who shot all of the footage and his triumph drag bike.
part 2

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

two-wheeled tuesday

rare shot of our hero and Jacqueline Bissett on the set of Bullit.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Been a fan of Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops for a good long while now. I can listen to their albums one after another...they put on a great live show too...

Monday, February 10, 2014

Stuff dreams are made of...

You need to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee...a lot!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

King of the Surf 45

DICK DALE, King of the Surf Guitar and owner of one righteous 45" -looks like a Dean Jeffries flame job too.  Spotted this on the Duas-Caras blog and had to share.  So Cool

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

velocity stack super sale

we are having a SUPER sale on our CV and Super E stacks! enter SUPERSTACKED at checkout in our store to receive 25% off!!! that's $20 include your shirt size and receive a mystery shirt while supplies last!!!!!   Sale goes til the end of the month!!!!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

1937 UL

Got the first of Harpoon's new Vard Frontends installed and operational on my '37. Looks and rides great! 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blue Christmas Miracle

Here is my winter break project.  The Car Craft magazine 1971 Dodge Demon.  Lots of fab-work by Grant and Circle City hot rods.  Twin turbo new hemi, back halved and caged!  Kandy Blue Lace and Freak Dots!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

last minute xmas shopping deal

at check-out type in HoHoHo to get your 20% off bro-wave from us at FMA I will personally brave holiday post office hell for you and ship your order the day it arrives. Merry Xmas!

a few of my favorite things

that silly xmas song really makes you start to think...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

More 35mm from Yokohama

More of my film shots from the Mooneyes show

 This panhead belongs to a petite Japanese chick...yes she kicks and rides it!

The feeling you have when you round this corner into the show on a bike is literally breathtaking! At least it was for me the first time and continues to be. I felt it for Big Scott as the doors opened...

Friday, December 6, 2013

back from Japan

We just got back from another amazing trip to Japan for the Mooneyes Hot Rod & Custom Show. I dusted off my old Olympus OM-2 35mm camera to take since another "new" digital SLR was in need of repair, out of date, and worthless. Picked up prints from Costco last night. Feels good to hold em in your hands...more to come. All Fuji 800 through a 50mm 1.8 lens, handheld, no flash.

Thanks again Shige and everyone involved!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Put a new rear wheel and brake drum on the shovel after 5 years on less than cheap but decent Swapmeet parts. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Analog run

A few pics from Caleb's analog run last month. Some well needed time with friends, bikes, and camping. Thanks dude!