From Big Bang to suck-squeeze-bang-blow and beyond
An illustrative melange
WHILE RESEARCHING MATERIAL for this timeline I’ve come across a number of pics which I’ve been unable to date. So, rather than leaving them to moulder away unlooked at…here they are. The illustrations are in an approximation of chronological exactitude; captions have been added where available and/or useful. A great many of the pics have been sent to me by my chum Francois, who has an astonishing archive of motor cycle photos and postcards including many from France, Germany and the USA. Many more of his illustrations may be found in the Leicester Phoenix MCC’s excellent lpmcc.net site which is required reading for any touring/rallying enthusiast. Francois’ contributions are to be found in the galleries of rally badges/reports and, primarily, in his commendable Memories of Yesteryear series of essays. I greatly enjoy these themed articles and am sure you will too. I’ll upload the first few pics (all of them courtesy of Francois) now and aim to update the gallery regularly so you might care to take a regular look-see. And if you happen to have information on any of these pics for use as captions please send it in.
And while we’re on the subject of Indians, here are some more.
It would be rude to leave out the Harley boys…
And in those days Indian and Harley-Davidson didn’t have the Stateside market all to themselves…
And, also thanks to the generosity of my chum Francois (to whom my thanks for spotting the extraneous ‘h’ in ‘ghenerosity’), here’s a selection of images of motor cycles and the chaps who rode them in the Great War. On which subject I recommend Francois’ excellent essay on the subject in the equally excellent Leicester Phoenix MCC website LPMCC.net which, as well as Francois’ series of essays, is packed with touring and rally yarns, roadtests (written by chaps who actually owned the bikes) and very much more to delight any motor cyclist.