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.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Stickers and Patches in Stock

We have stocked up with stickers and patches.
Back in are Rollerball-style rub-on stickers in red (for the first time), black and white.
Both styles of Motorcycho patches (plus current and back issues of the original, lame-ass bikerzine)
And the perennial favourite Broke Bone patch (we might sell out of these quickly the way the DTRA riders have been slinging themselves around in the last few meetings).
See all these tasty, affordable offerings and many more at Sideburn stickers and patches.

Dust Hustle, Brisbane

Dirt Track fun at the Mick Doohan Raceway organised by Sideburn stockists Ellaspede. Free to spectate, $65 to race.
20 September.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

New Stockist: Adam Waite Tailoring, London

Motorcycle-loving, London tailors, Adam Waite, now stock Sideburn.
Find them at:

2 Bedford Corner
South Parade
W4 1LD
0207 458 4478

Rye House 1946

Rye House is a track, North of London, that the DTRA regularly race at and rent for practices. To learn it has such history is great.

We race there on Sunday 21 September.

I find it interesting, that while US servicemen went back to California and set down the ground rules of what it is to be a motorcycle (and hot rod) rebel - rules still being mirrored by real and wannabe outlaws 70 years later - the British returned home and raced. Many of them raced on makeshift ovals on the latter years of the war.

We have a feature on 1939-45 warzone speedway in Sideburn 8. G

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Dirt Quake Merch

We have a bunch of Dirt Quake merch over at the Sideburn Shop.
Stickers, bags, patches, multipacks...

Sorry, T-shirts and caps sold out at the track.