They came, they saw, they beat each other senseless on the shingle. Or did they? Over forty five years ago on Easter weekend, mods took on rockers for the first time, fuelling Britain’s first mass-media scare over dissolute, drug-taking, mindlessly violent youth. Starting with a spot of bother at Clacton, Essex, over the Easter weekend of 1964, the tabloid press feasted for months on the gory new phenomenon breaking out at sleepy seaside towns across the South-east. Beside gleefully horrified headlines – “Riot police fly to seaside” – were photographs of pale youths in Italian fashions fighting pale youths in engine-oil-caked leathers beside penny arcades at Margate, Brighton, Bournemouth, Clacton, Southend and Hastings. But now mod experts and some of the old rockers and mods themselves are admitting that many of the candid newspaper shots of seaside gang fighting in 1964 – so shocking at the time, and now considered classic images of Sixties Britain – were staged. Here is a collection of some of those now famous photo’s.
Not a link I would normally include in the blog, but this guy is a New York legend. Ok so personally I think cycling is for 60′s hippies and fitness freaks, but I have to take my hat off to this guy, I’m bloody sure none of us couldn’t ride round the streets of New York with only one leg without killing ourselves, or more importantly other people… have a look at this short youtube clip, he really is inspirational…….
My old trike project, it’s a 1400cc Rover Metro based automatic, i believe it is still slowly rotting away in the same lockup that I left her in 6 years ago, If anyone in the UK is up for a challenge then look no further. She is locked away on the Isle of Man and will probably need a bit of TCL to get her started again. She was 90% when i left her, this is quite an early photo in t5he build stage, so she’s a lot nicer than this photo. But if anyone has the inspiration to get her back on the road again, then let me know and i will pass on the contact details. God I miss her……
There are some really cool bikes in Pai and this is up there with the best of them.
This Harley Davidson 883R Sportster is owned by Max from Max Tattoo Unique whose studio is located on the second floor of the Soi One Corner Plaza.
Obviously business must be good!
I thought that boy in the previous post was amazing. This just shows you all out there what can be accomplished if you really want it! Ok, no left hand controls but check out that jump …..
If you’re thinking about coming to Pai and in need of a place to stay then a good friend of mine runs a small property management company out here.
He concentrates primarily on rental properties and construction but is also involved in Land & House sales. Check out his website at PAI LAND ESTATE to see if there is anything interesting that he can do for you.
During my 5 years in Pai I have noticed quite a few people in Pai Town and the surrounding villages that have similar disabilities to myself, and would like to offer them the chance to get on the road with the freedom to ride.
It is not just people with my condition that could benefit; many of you will have noticed a couple of wheelchair motorcycle adaption’s riding around town. This really isn’t a complicated modification and could be accomplished relatively cheaply.
So whatever disability that you or someone you know may have, if you or they have the ambition to ride again, or would like to experience the thrill for the first time, then I am more than willing to offer any advice, enthusiasm, contacts, encouragement, and knowledge that will help you fulfill your dream and get you on the road. So if you know of anybody, friends or family that might benefit from this offer please get in touch.
I am currently looking for a small workspace in Pai town to kick start off this project, so if you know of somewhere suitable to work on a motorcycle please let me know. I would also like to ask you for donations of any old motorbike bits & pieces, old wrecks, non runners, rust buckets, wheels, seats, forks or tanks, anything that you may have lying around. I can make anything look pretty again, except myself. I wish someone had knocked on my door 25 years ago and given me the keys to a free motorbike.
I discovered Pai purely by chance in 2005 whilst I was travelling around Thailand and literally never left. What’s the fascination, well you only have to look around the valley to see that you are out of the rat race.
The clean air (when they are not burning), the friendly locals and the new found friends all added up to knowing that I had found somewhere special. I wasn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last traveller to arrive in Pai for 5 days and still be here 5 years later……