Thursday, 31 July 2014

Rocket From The Crypt

Probably the best live band I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot). They were even brilliant on their recent comeback tour (and I normally avoid comebacks, like Gary Barlow avoids tax).
No other reason to post there other than they put a smile on my face. I hope RTFC keep touring. G

DTRA - Amman Valley

The next DTRA race is Saturday 9 August (not this weekend) at the Amman Valley Horse Track, Ammanford, South Wales. This half-mile paperclip is the biggest oval we race on in the UK. It's a cushion track, that throws up big roosts. The championship race is Saturday, but there's an extra non-championship round the next day.

Camping available Friday and Saturday. £5 or free to volunteers.
Saturday racing is from 2-8pm, then hanging out in the pits - hopefully watching a Skooter Farm film night on a big screen*
Sunday is 12-5pm. (Times approximate).

If you want to race, get your entry in before the end of Friday. Newcomers welcome.

If you'd like to volunteer to marshal (on either day), leave a comment or email us at dirt @ No experience necessary.

If you want to spectate, just turn up and support your local racetrack. G
* sheet on the side of a van.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Ivan the Terrible by Mule Motorcycles

From Mule Motorcycles...

'Ivan the Terrible' started life as a Bonneville America 270 degree crank motor, Mule frame, R-6 Yamaha USD forks, and lots of Titanium, aluminum tank and widened Champion seat. Mucho mods to the motor push power to 96 at the wheel. Beringer controls and a ceramic-coated exhaust give the low level bling-age. The silver Porsche paint and a red leather seat cover keep the bike within the James Dean Porsche Spyder theme. Note the Mobilgas Pegasus now sporting Mule ears. 

'The bike took first place in the Customs class at the Quail gathering and on the way home we stopped to a shot with a 20' James Dean sign about 2 miles from the crash site that took his life decades ago.'
We like that Mule didn't bother changing his usual T-shirt and shorts outfit just because Quail demands it.
Hands in pockets is The Vintagent in his leather jacket painted by Maxwell Paternoster.
Pegasus the Mule.
Richard, James and Ivan.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Scramble On

New event happening in England. They're looking for racers to make it happen. Tell them you heard about it through Sideburn if you sign up, please.
More details at G

Superprestigio 2

Marc Marquez's team are organising another Superprestigio, to follow January's. Brad Baker made a hell of an impression, but I hope they can get whoever is this year's number 1 (and it doesn't look like it's going to be Baker) over for this. We spoke to a bunch of top racers when we were at Springfield and they're dead keen. Here's the official blurb...

It’s now confirmed. Marc Márquez and the current No#1 Dirt Tracker in the World, Brad Baker, will compete next December 13th for the supremacy of the Sant Jordi Arena. 

Backed by Barcelona City Council and organised by RPM Racing and Moto Club Segre, the Sant Jordi Arena will live again in December one of the most exciting and thrilling duels of motorcycling. Last January, the City of Barcelona lived a unique show in the Sant Jordi with a sensational oval soil track, the match between the # 1 World dirt tracker, American Brad Baker, and the youngest ever MotoGP champ, Catalan Marc Márquez. 

A heart breaking finale, unfinished 
Somehow, back in January, the fight for the #1 dirt tracker finished null-null, as Márquez fell following a contact with Baker, two laps before the end of the race, handing the victory to the US rider. In front of 8.000 spectators, after shaking hands, Brad Baker and Marc Márquez agreed for a second edition of the Superprestigio Dirt Track with the aim to have another try of that unfinished Final. 

Over 20 riders from the World Road Racing Championship, and some of the Top American dirt trackers also invited With five months to go 16 road racers have already confirmed their intention to take part in the Event: Tito Rabat (ESP, Moto 2), Bradley Smith (GBR, Moto GP), Álex Márquez (ESP, Moto 3), Scott Redding (GBR, Moto GP), Álex Rins (ESP, Moto 3), Mika Kallio (FIN, Moto 2), Álvaro Bautista (ESP, Moto GP), Johann Zarco (FRA, Moto 2), Jonas Folger (GER, Moto 2), Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA, Moto 2), Julián Simón (ESP, Moto 2), Kenny Noyes (USA, CEV Superbike) Marcel Schrotter (GER, Moto 2), Xavier Simeon (BEL, Moto 2), Niklas Ajo (FIN, Moto 3) and Enea Bastianini (ITA, Moto 3). 

Other confirmations are expected increasing the list of riders in the Superprestigio category (reserved to road Racing riders). More than 20 riders are expected. Brad Baker will not be the only rider representing the US. These riders together with the best nationals in Enduro, MX and Supermotard will join the Open category. 

Tickets on sale from 25 Euros Tickets will be on sale soon through and starting from 25 Euros 

Marc Márquez: “It was a great to compete against Brad Baker, #1 in the US, in the 1st edition of the Superprestigio Dirt Track. As I expected it was a magical event, full of light, skids and racing with the crowd so close was amazing. The crash was the only inconvenient of that great evening, so I am looking forward to racing again in the Sant Jordi arena, have fun.... and try to beat Brad!”. 

Brad Baker: “I am super excited to visit Barcelona again in December! I met so many great people when I was there in January and everyone made me feel like I was home. RPM Racing and everyone involved with them was top notch and I'm sure they will make the second edition of Superprestegio even greater than the first! It's a complete honour to be invited to Barcelona for a second time and I'm really looking forward to riding with Marc Marquez and all the other great GP riders again as well”.

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Southern 100

Guy Martin won at the Southern 100, at the DTRA and Chopper class at Dirt Quake, then at Armoy this weekend. He's on fire.
This beautiful photo is from the Southern 100 meet held on the Isle of Man every July. I attended the race back in 2011 and it was fantastic. See my snaps here. G


Sacramento Mile 2014

The full main event. The video is nearly 50 minutes, but the actual race is much shorter. You can skip the interviews at the end if you're tight for time. G

Sunday, 27 July 2014

T-shirt Clear-Out Offer

We have a few stragglers in the T-shirt department. To clear some shelf space we're going to include a Dirt Quake III tote bag (worth £5) and Dirt Quake rub-on sticker (£2.50) with every order for these last few shirts. There is a handful of each design. If the sizes aren't listed, they are sold out.
Sideburn x Iron & Resin Limp
Made for Dirt Quake USA, we had a few shipped back to the UK and sold most of them at Dirt Quake III. Lovely quality with extra touches like sewn-in label and hem label.
Medium, Large and XXL only.
Made for us by Iron & Resin in Ventura, California.

Slacker by Stevie Gee
Made to commemorate the Slacker project collaboration between Sideburn and Brit artist Stevie Gee that produced a custom Kawasaki Z200, Sideburn 15 cover and feature and London art show. Front and back print (back print shown above).
Medium and XXL only.
Grey only.
Possibly our most popular shirt design ever. Artwork by Adi Gilbert.
Only lady medium left.
This design might make a comeback in all sizes in 2015.

Drawn by the twisted genius Maxwell Paternoster.
Small, XL and XXL only.
White T-shirt with black print.

We have found a few Zombie art prints on recycled brown heavyweight paper for just £15 (with a bunch of free Sideburn event posters and flyers thrown in).

No returns on these offer. If you want to check sizes, email us dirt @

See all Sideburn T-shirts...

Cosmic Flake

Made in England by Davida Helmets.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Wauseon Swap Meet and Half-Mile

Our friend Roger F in Ohio sent these photos through. Roger and his partner, Patty, took photos and Roger raced.

 The Antique Motorcycle Club of America has a national meet every summer in Wauseon, Ohio at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. The meet's centerpiece is the swap meet and classic bike exhibitions, which go on all weekend, with emphasis on American machinery, culminating with a judged bike show on Sunday morning. To enter, the bike has to run too. 

There are several acres of classic bikes and parts on display and for sale, with flat tankers from the teens to more modern early-'60s bikes, but the emphasis is on American street bikes from the first half of the 1900s. They have chapters outside of the USA too. 

Of course every Midwest fairgrounds has a grandstand and horse track, and they run a vintage half-mile flat track on Friday each year. Where else could you see a full hand-shift class run, or a dozen board trackers circling the track, forming up for a flying start? Very cool! And they also have some celebrity racers run a match race too. This year, Jay Springsteen was lured out of retirement and raced against Geo Roeder on a Norton. 

If you are an enthusiast of such things, check the meet out at . Gary, trim it how you see fit or summarize it yourself. 

 It was a great day, and my first half mile on my XR500. Very fun on a beautifully prepared crushed limestone cushion with big wide corners and short straights....thanks for sharing the pics....R

A couple of nice KRs...
Late-1920s Cleveland Four
Mid-'20s Excelsior Super X board track racer (replica?).
Indian Four - which was actually an Ace, until the Springfield company bought the rights.
Roger says, 'I asked the vendor about the Excelsior. It's a 1925 machine cut down for his kids in 1936, original since then, handed down in the same family. Totally cool...'
Gives you an idea how the grandstand fills up Friday evening as people get off work and make their way to the fairgrounds.
This is our friend Al Lonneville (#9) on the rigid Triumph battling a KR in the brakeless class. Patty took all of these.
I'm #40 on the pole in my heat. It didn't help. This was taken by our Motorhead friend Tom Beasley.