February 26, 2015

Daytona Beach Bike Week Classic Harley Art by David Uhl

I (Buzz Kanter) am so honored to be in the next painting by renowned artist David Uhl as part of his Daytona Beach Bike Week series.

David Uhl's Daytona Beach Motorcycle Race Art

David Uhl’s Daytona Beach Motorcycle Race Art

The painting, which is not quite finished in this rendition, is of me racing my 1928 Harley JDH bobber against a guy in a 1920s Ford T hot rod on the beach with a pretty starter girl.

When finished I believe David will be selling copies of this work. I know I want one for my walls.

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February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine’s Day From Classic American Iron

We at Classic American Iron (www.caimag.com) wish you all a happy Valentine’s Day. May they all be as you dream them to be.

Ann Margret (who DID ride motorcycles) and a long fork Panhead chopper.

 

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January 3, 2015

Fred Luther Tried 200 MPH on Antique Motorcycle Racer in 1934

Amazing article from www.theoldmotor.com.
Fred Luther Tries for 300 MPH on a Plymouth - Powered Motorcycle at Bonneville

Fred Luther Tries to Go 200 MPH on a Motorcycle at Bonneville

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And what a monster the machine turned out to be. Into a stretched and reinforced Excelsior frame, Luther installed a 1934 Plymouth six-cylinder engine. He was assisted by Adolph Thuiller who helped him with the frame modifications and Jimmy McNeil who prepared the engine and raised the horsepower from 77 to 117. The engine drove through the original Excelsior transmission that was later replaced with a Plymouth unit.

Of particular interest is the braking system that was built for it. Both sides of the rear of the machine carried pivoting lever-controlled arms complete with steel skids that were used to slow it down and also keep it upright when stationary.

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After testing at the Muroc Dry Lakes and further refinements Luther took it to the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1935 to try for the 200 m.p.h. goal. There he was only able to get in two runs with the machine. His first trip down the salt resulted in a speed of 140 m.p.h. On his second run The engine broke a connecting rod at 150-160 m.p.h. and his attempt was finished. The text from the June 1950 Cycle magazine article The Plymouth Monster below tells the complete story. Luther’s machine has survived and can be seen here.

Fred Luther Tries for 300 MPH on a Plymouth - Powered Motorcycle at Bonneville

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