Rides: T shirts
Here are some of the T shirts that have found their way into my dresser. Most of them came in somewhat recently, say the last 5 years or so, as the older ones became shop rags, but a few are long term staples of my wardrobe.
The first group are shirts that I have made for the 49 Mile Ride. This is an event that Kim and I have been organizing for 10 years, with the Yerba Buena chapter of the AMCA now handling many of the duties.
Mike at LoFi Customs does the printing. I typically find an image from an old poster, add a bit of text and a local SF landmark or two. Then Mike’s team turns it into something that can be screen printed. We try to keep it interesting, with 4 color printing and bright shirts. If you scan through my older articles about posters, you’ll see the source materials for many of these.
Shirts are for sale at the beginning of each 49 Mile Ride, last Sunday in October. Typically $15 for each shirt. They sell out by around 9am, get there early.
This one is from a Swiss Motosacoche advert from 1929.
This one is based on an Italian Frera advert that my friend Pasquale gave me
New Map, circa 1929. This one has always been one of my favorites.
From a flyer for a dirt track race in the MidWest USA:
This one is based on a poster for the 1939 World’s Fair, based on Treasure Island. The bike is added from a period Harley Davidson advert.
This one is from a French Magnat Debon advert, circa 1909ish
This year’s shirt was a new venture, based on sketches from George and Mike at LoFi.
Max Bubeck’s Death Valley Run. And the Rudge club’s mascot, Johnny Rudge
Velocette KTT Mark 8, and a BSA three speed rear hub.
Not from a ride, but Dean Moon’s logo. I’ve had this shirt for 21 years, and still wear it often.
A great AMCA rally in Yosemite, and the AMCA 5 Chapter Ride from 2006. I based the 5 Chapter Ride shirt on an AJS ad.
The Velocette naked lady. And an Alec Bennett commemorative shirt given to me by Adrian Rhodes.
VOCNA club shirt circa 2005. PdO laid out this rally shirt last year.
I did this one in ‘06, a direct ripoff of the famous poster the Veloce used circa 1938.
This one is probably my favorite in the bunch: Tim Kenney put it together for his ride down in Ojai, CA. It is based on the artwork from Dave Master’s book: Velocette an Illustrated Profile of Models 1905 to 1971
Two gift shirts from PdO. Southsiders and Brooklands anniversary. One from France and one from England, in euro sizes; hence they both fit tightly around my beer gut.
You know Bud Ekins. What’s the quote? “everybody wanted to be Steve McQueen, and Steve wanted to be Bud Ekins”
Front and backside of a Lou Branch T shirt. I reproduced these with LoFi based on photos of an original shirt that was older than me.
Front and backside of an Indian shirt. Bought at the Dixon swap meet, probably in 1998. I like the graphics and the colors.
Excelsior shirt, bought from that same vendor in Dixon, probably in 2000. Love the image of the Big Valve X!