Monday, August 29, 2011

Patina

There's something to be said for not restoring an old machine. All the years of use and neglect it has suffered show up in the wear patterns. As an example, consider this 1922 Harley-Davidson which recently appeared at a vintage car show in my town (its owner rode it in!):



1200 cc's, 18 horsepower, it was original and complete, with all accessories in full working condition:



Who was "W A W", and what adventures did he experience on this ruggged steed? The owner didn't know, perhaps that is just as well.



By Professor Batty



2 Comments:

Blogger Cellar Door said...

It has a real steampunk vibe. I love it.


Anonymous Andy said...

These old, original machines are such a direct connection to the past... I was at the neighbor's threshing bee Saturday, and I swear I could feel my grandfather's presence as I watched the Rumley steam engine clattering away! Your photos captured the beauty of this machine in a wonderful way (as usual)!