Sunday, April 24, 2011
My brother Alberto is opening the MOON CAFE in Jesolo Beach, Italy.
When in Yokohama we have Shige's joint, now another reason to visit Venice, to dine at the Moon too/two/2. Italy & Japan are the two destinations where the people have out shined the inherent beauty of the places themselves. From the day Cole introduced me to Alberto, he became a beloved brother, & I was honored to be in his wedding party & again honored to see him continue to succeed in business. For anybody into good people, food, bikes & cars, this is a place that will turn into a Motorhead Mecca before you know it. I love you Alberto & wish you all the luck you deserve in your new venture!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
European Concours' de Elegance have long recognized the value in leaving a vehicle in the state it was found.
Events in the states have caught on, but many California over restorers have had their way with machines that were more valuable pre-restoration.
High profile events tend to be deceiving, because what wins the highest accolades, is a vehicle that often began as only fraction of what you see. A restored machine, by definition, means an existing machine is brought back to its former glory. What really takes place is the replacing, remanufacturing, & recreating of a machine that now is brought to modern day specs, of paint, polish & detail, that far surpasses the level of quality that existed in the state the machine began.
Unmolested machines, virgins, original paint, as raced, & a clear provenance, backed with a paper trail of photos, timing certs, & news clippings, are held in higher esteem to my point of view.
What is even more precious than the vehicle that just rolled off the show room floor, is that rare bird, that just rolled of the track.
I know toy collectors that use the phase, "the right red" & JJ's new toy is just right!