|('Junkyard' photographs by Kevin Cederstrom)|
Shane also sent notes on a Porsche 356 'C' he'd restored to an 'outlaw' sports/racer spec, which is pretty cool (pics here of resto by Bill Hamilton). Not many readers of The Vintagent know I used to own sports cars as well as motorcycles ('62 flat-floor E-Type roadster, Lotus Cortina, MG Magnette, Lancia Zagato, Jensen Healey, etc), but gave them up, as they took up too much space! And, driving sports cars in the manner I ride my motorcycles is pretty dangerous to other road users... Now I drive my Sprinter, because I can fit 3 bikes in back, and it's my mobile darkroom for the MotoTintype wet plate photography.
Shane recently completed a restoration on his '71 BMW R75/5 (pics here), built as a Café Racer to match his Porsche. Restored by Josh Withers, the bike (like the car) is painted in Porsche K45-286 Silver. Shane purchased both machines as serious projects; the '65 Porsche had been completely disassembled 'for restoration'... for 23 years, and the BMW was a mess. While the resulting BMW is a good example of current Café Racer practice (as seen in my 'Ton Up!' exhibit last summer in Sturgis), I can't recall seeing such a car/bike resto-pair in one garage; they make a much more intriguing story than either vehicle alone. Have fun on the roads of North Dakota, Shane!
|Photo by the builder - Josh Withers, photographer by day, bike builder by night...|
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