Pro wrestler Buff Bagwell made a valiant effort to start up a motorcycle chariot racing league a few years ago, building this amazing prototype inspired by rigs from the 1920s.
Bagwell has moved on to the gigolo game following a serious 2012 accident (not involving the motorcycle chariot), and his dreams of a league seem to have faded into the sport's near-century of history.
The first iteration of the fad most likely emerged following the release of the 1925 silent film Ben-Hur. These rigs had riders on the bikes and in the chariots. Later versions got more adventurous, allowing the charioteer to control the bike from the chariot. Then they started adding bikes; first two:
Then four. Gasoline culture blog Silodrome unearthed this 1938 article:
Benjamin Starr at Visual News has a great write-up with more photos.
This Nelson-Rigg backpack crushes into a tiny stuff sack. Nelson-Rigg makes covers for bikes that last a long time. I thought I’d take a shot on their super-light backpack, designed to be stuck in tiny motorcycle storage compartments for all those times you realize you’d like to bring something home but can’t possibly carry it […]
Via Youtube and The Ontario Provincial Police: A public safety film narrated by Peter Fonda with special guest Evel Knievel who provide safety tips and guidance for motorcycle riders. Features performance riding by the Los Angeles Police Department. (OPP Museum accession number 2012.51.5) Credits and Copyright: Filmfair Communications Incorporated (1973)
I wear a Helite inflatable vest, which is similar but not integrated into a beautiful jacket.
This holiday season, give the delivery man a break. Who needs the extra cost and uncertainty of shipping anyway? Here are 10-holiday gifts that cut out the middleman and go straight to the nicest ones on your Christmas list. Winc Wine Delivery Okay, we might be cheating a little with this first one, but a […]
For some folks, writing notes by hand is just plain easier, but having to re-type them later can be a huge bore, not to mention time-sink. The guys from Rocketbook successfully merged the best parts of analog and digital note-taking with their Everlast notebook awhile back. And now, that tech just got a lot more […]
There are fast-paced card games, and some of them even require enough dexterity for a mini-workout (like Skip-Bo or Snap). But there’s nothing quite like the Mokuru® Card Game, which uses an already addictive fidget toy as the centerpiece for a cutthroat game of tabletop challenges. The game is named for the toy that gets […]