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Old 01-24-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
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The Ton-Up Boys

Classic with some great hair and hacks.

http://silodrome.com/behind-the-ton-up-boys/
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:53 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting. Enjoyed the hair and cool drinks...
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Old 01-24-2015, 03:12 PM   #3
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Yes! Thanks for that. Excellent video! Also it was great seeing you this past summer my friend.
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:01 PM   #4
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Thanks for posting this video. I enjoyed it. Made me a little sad though about the part where they talked about British motorcycle production. An industry gone to Japanese competition. I remember Honda's coming into the USA in the 70's cheaper than the year before. And bulletproof. Flooded the market.
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:13 PM   #5
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Laugh

Re: The Ton Up boys, leather and studs and hair, etc.

Aren't the present day "Pirates" that everyone loves to hate just a different version of this? Dress up like your favorite fantasy time in the past?

In both cases, modern versions of this nostalgia trip are usually way over the top, and a compilation of styles gleened from old photographs.

All harmless fun I guess, but why is one hated, and one tolerated?
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Old 01-24-2015, 05:59 PM   #6
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The whole Ace Cafe Rocker scene emerged out of Britan's post war era as England slowly crawled out of the financial ruin of the war. Fueled by Britain's youth that had some modicum of disposable income by that point it was an invention of their youth culture and was a niche unto it's self. Polar opposite were the scooter riding, trench coat wearing Mods. Again the Mods didn't draw on past influence so much as they invented their own culture. Bloody battles ensued between the two groups.

Harley culture of the 40's through 60's was a youth inspired genre too and was blue colar working class based with no aspiration to status or exclusivity, they were raced, bobbed, chopped and were the key means of transportation in a free and unencumbered lifestyle though thankfully the word had not been invented in that context yet. Todays' Harley scene is a bizzare wealthy caricature of that earlier time, the outer circles, some what silly and embarrassing but the inner circle flush with the esoteric and and not slaves to costumes or play acting.
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Not really relevant to the hacks forum though,is it ?

More of an Old School thing.
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Old Yesterday, 01:47 AM   #8
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I saw a lot of hacks in the video.
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Old Yesterday, 02:29 AM   #9
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I saw a lot of hacks in the video.
I must have got bored before they appeared then.
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Old Yesterday, 04:49 AM   #10
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Thanks for posting, a nice trip down memory lane for a lot of folk.
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I must have got bored before they appeared then.
There are a whole bunch of them about the 6 minute mark.
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Old Yesterday, 09:00 AM   #12
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It was fun, If I had a time machine, I would love to see it in person. The Hacks were everything from standards to miniature cars. Creative.
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Old Yesterday, 09:16 AM   #13
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WOW!!! that was really cool.. I think there riding was a normal way to ride.. Thanks for the post....
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Old Yesterday, 09:58 AM   #14
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Thanks for that, and my boss thanks you for that.

He was a rocker, and his family's car when he was a kid was a rig - nothing about lifestyle or adventure, but a product of poverty and ruinous tax laws on motorcars. When I told him I was sending a link of a film about the 59 Club, he proceeded to tell me all about the club, but couldn't remember the name of the vicar who founded it.

No pictures, but as he described their sidecar, it was a fore-and-aft two seater, mum in the front seat, he and his little sister in the back. When it rained, the windscreen mostly protected mum, but blew right over the top and would soak the pair of them.

Apparently, a real bugger to drive as well.
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