Monday, December 22, 2014

1974 International Travelall Test Drive

And now, once again, for something completely different. Last month, I had the opportunity to take my uncle's latest midlife-crisis toy for a shakedown test drive. Earlier in the fall, he bought a survivor 1974 International Travelall SUV from Michigan and had it shipped to his parents in Pennsylvania. From there, the plan was to drive it back to Long Island. This truck originated in Nevada, and as such is extremely clean for its age.

This truck is basically identical to the truck that my grandfather, his father, drove in the '70's (before it dissolved into a pile of rust, these trucks were notorious for that) I visited a few weeks early and gave the truck a once over, to determine if there were any major issues before taking it on a roadtrip. The pictures and driving video are below:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New York Motorcycle Show 2014

This year, my KZ400 diesel motorcycle was accepted into the Ultimate Builder Competition at the 2014 New York International Motorcycle Show. It was an incredible experience, and I was honored to share floor space with some beautifully-built custom machinery. And surprise, I didn't bring the only diesel to the show! Below are pictures of the spectacular Kubota-powered bobber that took runner-up in the Freestyle category.


Pre-Show lineup

Kubota bobber. Incredible design and build

Details of the drivetrain


The electric Harley I've heard so much about

Ducati's new Scrambler

Land Speed Racing

On the wish list


Looks pretty good on a clean carpet!

Fantastic Portraits

Some offerings from the VJMC booth

Velocette in the Featherbed


Amazing Beemer custom

Indian lineup