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San Francisco Art Deco Day, 2006

The Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco held an 'Art Deco Day', honoring their current exhibit examining Art Deco jewelry and art. The Art Deco Society of California was invited to grace the opening day with period cars and lavish costumes, including a parade of cars across the Golden Gate Bridge to the museum. I 'crashed' the party, being the only motorcyclist present, but at least I had correct period 1920s gear and bike - my 1928 Sunbeam TT90. All the drivers/passengers associated with the cars were done up in 1920's style, with a lot of period extras like gramophones playing, wicker picnic baskets, etc.  Note the fellow in the tux attending a 1934 Talbot Lago, in the background of the Sunbeam photo. The 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is my idea of a good time on four wheels, sounding fantastic while driving down the road.

Paul d'Orléans' 1928 Sunbeam TT90 was a period correct party crasher at the Art Deco Day party; a 1934 Talbot Lago convertible lurks behind. [Paul d'Orléans]
This 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost in red and polished aluminum looked and sounded amazing! [Paul d'Orléans]
Paul d'Orléans is the founder of TheVintagent.com. He is an author, photographer, filmmaker, museum curator, event organizer, and public speaker. Check out his Author Page, Instagram, and Facebook.

Legend of the Motorcycle Attire

Two more pix from the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance. Top pic is Adolfo Orsi from Milan, who is touching a Brough Superior SS100! More importantly, his outfit; he told me it was bespoke, made from an old Milanese design, for motorcycling. Love the socks! Adolfo is a delightful character, who had flown from Italy just to attend/participate in the event; he is more regularly scene at automotive events (like the Concorso Villa d'Este)as an expert on Maseratis, as his family owned the brand for many years.

Adolfo Orsi, heir to the Maserati name, and his custom-made Italian vintage motorcycling outfit at the 2006 Legends of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance. [Paul d'Orléans]
Lower pic shows Jared Zaugg, who with his wife Brooke Roner organized the Legends Concours, requiring two years in the planning, that was financially guaranteed with his personal credit cards! That's commitment. He's wearing a great vintage-y outfit with those spectator shoes, and looking pretty darn good for a guy who hadn't slept in a couple of days. I'm wearing a vintage Dunhill coat, one of the few items of clothing I've bought on eBay, but being a judge at the event required a blue jacket and khaki slacks - standard Pebble Beach attire. A polka-dotted necktie is doing double-duty as my pocket square, which matches my ca. 1970 Sears polyester shirt. Yes!

Event organizer Jared Zaugg with author Paul d'Orléans in 2006, the inaugural Legends of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance, which was an enormous success. [Paul d'Orléans]
Paul d'Orléans is the founder of TheVintagent.com. He is an author, photographer, filmmaker, museum curator, event organizer, and public speaker. Check out his Author Page, Instagram, and Facebook.

Ride Em Don't Hide 'Em

This is the Legend of the Motorcycle overall Concours winner from the 2006 event, a Crocker with a near-perfect restoration. The photo was taken the weekend following the Concours that May, on a pre-1916 ride (I know, it's later than that, but I was on a post-16 as well) near the famous Pozo Saloon. The owner - Mike Madden -  rode the machine with gusto, scraping the footboards on the twisty roads (guess all those 'fast Crocker' stories were about straight-line races!), and generally enjoying the heck out of his historic machine. Not all show winners are trailer queens!

Mike Madden's 1938 Crocker Big Tank, an immaculate machine that still gets ridden! [Paul d'Orleans]

For more on Crocker motorcycles, read 'The Crocker Story' here.  It's a fascinating tale of one man's aspirations becoming legendary with time.    

Paul d'Orléans is the founder of TheVintagent.com. He is an author, photographer, filmmaker, museum curator, event organizer, and public speaker. Check out his Author Page, Instagram, and Facebook.

Goodwood Revival 2005: Planes, Cars, Motorcycles

Goodwood Revival; if you're a fan of old cars, planes, motorcycles, people in period dress, great photo ops, a Veuve Clicquot tent, bespoke tweed suits (special 'Goodwood' weave) by Lord March's personal tailor, or having a shave and haircut while watching the races in an old leather barber chair...this is the place!  The mega-estate of Lord March encompasses within its vastness a full racetrack, a sprint course, a castle, an airfield, numerous houses and private drives, restaurants, etc.  The 12,000 acre estate is well situated in the south of England, with easy access from London, and has become a magnet for Revivalists and fans of vintage vehicles of all types. 

A Spitfire crew in period dress...and the planes are flown in and out many times daily. [Paul d'Orléans]

Cars, planes, motorcycles, people in period dress, great photo ops, a Veuve Clicquot tent, you can even buy a bespoke tweed suit (special 'Goodwood' weave) by Lord March's personal tailor, or get a haircut and shave while watching the races in an old leather barber chair. Top pic shows a Spitfire and attending crew, listening to a gramophone, before scrambling and taking off in the plane! Center pic shows a Rolls 'howdah' (maharajah's hunting jitney) with prey, pardon the paper bag in my hand but if you buy a program, you get a lot of goodies, including a single-earpiece radio to listen to the commentary (otherwise inaudible due to the racing). I think the bag also held my lunch, which was brought to me by Peter Miles (thanks Peter!). Third photo is a random shot by the race staging area; everyone looks the part. The cars are Formula 2, with Ford 4-cyl engines. The video shows these cars taking off for the race - if the film had been in black and white, it might be 1964!

Amazing Rolls Royce Howdah from India. A hunting rig with victim displayed! [Paul d'Orléans]

Car and motorcycle races from specific eras and competition types (Grand Prix, F1, F500, prewar, postwar) run on the track all day, while the grass airfield is abuzz with regular takeoffs, landings, and flyovers of vintage aircraft, including the Spitfire above, and B17 Flying Fortress, B24 Liberator, plus truly ancient biplanes and more modern jets. The Spitfire and attending crew (above) listened to a gramophone, before the pilots in WW2 gear 'scrambled' and took off!

 

Paul d'Orléans is the founder of TheVintagent.com. He is an author, photographer, filmmaker, museum curator, event organizer, and public speaker. Check out his Author Page, Instagram, and Facebook.