Author: wayne

RIP Tura

A sad day. On February 4th, we lost Tura Satana. Most famous for her role as Varla in Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, she was a true American icon. As the buxom, explosively violent Varla, she was the leader of her gang of super sexy go-go dancers who would put down anyone that crossed them. All the while tooling around in some great cars. After breaking the neck of the owner, Varla commandeers his Porsche 356, with the blond bombshell Billie in a 1959 TR3 and Rosie bringing up the rear in a 1960 MGA. Just a fantastic film. John Waters once said of “Faster, Pussycat”:  It’s ”the best movie ever made, and possibly better than any movie that will ever be made.”

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May-December Romance

In the spirit of a true May-December romance, the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc, reputed to be the most advanced electrical powered motorcycle in the world, is about to take a run on one of the oldest, toughest motorcycle races in the world. Of course I am talking about the Isle of Man TT. Since 1907 this […]

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Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

I made it out to the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby this weekend and had a great time. I must say that I was really impressed with the turnout. Hipsters, artists, gawkers and some colorful local folks framed out with some great beer from the folks at the Philadelphia Brewing Company. This event has been going on since 2007 and seems to be growing steadily every year. The KKSD is not really a race, but rather a design competition and parade celebrating human powered transit and art. Award Categories include- Best Art, Best Costume, Best Engineering, People’s Choice, Best Breakdown and a special secret judge award.

Great pics after the click including some ass-over-elbow actions shots from the mud pit! Read more

An Ax to Grind

Got a pesky tree that needs felling? Or perhaps thinking about taking a stab at building your own log cabin, ala Dick Proenneke? If so, you’d better bone up on your ax knowledge. Luckily the US Forest Service has just what you need– a complete guide to that ubiquitous companion of the iconic lumberjack. This fantastic guide covers history, chopping techniques, handle selection, felling trees, just to name a few. After the click I’ve included an excerpt covering sharpening.
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Ride to Skate at FDR Park

Just got back from the 2010 Ride to Skate at FDR skate park in Philadelphia. What a strange mix. And I don’t mean the bikes! Skaters, hipsters, skatepunks and the occasional old-school biker. On the other hand, there were some really interesting bikes. Lots of bobbers and lots of flat track rubber.

More pics after the click.
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