Thursday, November 24, 2011


I don't generally publicize my work in print here at The Vintagent, but I should, as I write regularly for Mens' File, Cycle World, Café Racers, if you're able to grab a copy of Café Racers (France), the latest issue (on newsstands now) contains a beautifully laid out exploration of the use of Speed imagery in motorcycle advertising, from 1900 to the 1970s.  I was able to document much of this history with the help of friends, with excellent collections of moto ephemera - many thanks, and you know who you are!

I'll publish a version in English here on The Vintagent, in a few weeks.


Andrew Macpherson said...

I look forward to seeeing it, my first job was in the photo dept of John Montagu Library at the NMM in Beaulieu, and I got to see so many incredible images back then, seeing this takes me right back there.
I doubt I'll get to see a French mag here in LA, so please do post the full story and images here.

GuitarSlinger said...


No French magazines of any kind make their way to KC ( Mens File either ) so yes , please do put up the article for those of us in Culturally Deprived areas to read

Grandpa Jimbo said...

If you don't toot your own horn every now and then it only means your battery is dead!

Jim A., Tucson, AZ

Anonymous said...

Similar theme, could you do a piece on some of the artists like Ernst Ruprecht, had a pretty fascinating way of capturing what i imagine was the spirit of the time

The Vintagent said...

Great idea; I really haven't featured the amazing graphic artists who have shaped our image of the motorcycle...Ruprecht's 'Bern TT' poster is a classic!

Jon Dudley said...

The late Bob Freeman too?