Biketographer Photographs the Garage Mahal

I have not been to a 2-wheel race in quite a while, but that’s ok.  I am currently quite busy in Jupiter, Florida, photographing Cobra’s Garage Mahal!

The garage part of Cobra’s Garage Mahal.  This is just a fraction of the museum.

Created from the love of Speedway, Jupiter resident Steve Luxton (Cobra) has an astonishing collection of speedway equipment, memorabilia, jackets, helmets, banners, and more.  We will likely not be able to finish our photographic project until late summer of this year.  Today I present just a few photos as a teaser of what is to come.

1970’s era helmet used in Speedway racing.  Long before tear-offs were invented, racers built their own flip visors.

Before full-face helmets, racers used various methods to prevent face damage that could be caused from the spray coming from the rear tire of the racer ahead of you.  The photo above shows a typical combination of 3/4 helmet, flip visor, goggles, and a ‘monkey face.’   Track surfaces might be dirt, shale, limestone, or coal-furnace ash, and coming at you at 100mph it would definitely sting!

Race jacket from the 1990 British Final

Steve, aka Cobra, grew up in Exeter, England, so naturally has a fondness for the Exeter Falcons Speedway Team.

Exeter Falcons

We will be photographing: helmets, race jackets, leathers / Kevlar race suits, speedway bikes, engines,  and much more.

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Biketographer is Newest Sponsor for Wight Warriors

It was announced today that Biketographer has become one of many sponsors of the British Speedway team, the Wight Warriors.  The Wight Warriors are based in the Isle of Wight, which is just off the south end of the main continent of the United Kingdom.

The Biketographer banner proudly displayed at Island Speedway, Isle of Wight

Biketographer first learned of this relatively new Speedway team from Cobra’s Garage Mahal.  Cobra began his support of the Wight Warriors in 2016.

The home track for the Wight Warriors is Island Speedway just south of the village of Ryde.

When you see video of the Wight Warriors in action at their home track, keep an eye out for the Biketographer banner!

From the Wight Warriors press release:

Speaking about the new sponsorship, Warriors Co-promoter Barry Bishop said, “I am delighted to welcome Alan Dewey and Biketographer to the club for the rest of 2017, the first of many seasons together I hope. Everyone knows the importance of sponsorship to our club, both financially and of a supportive nature, and we continue all year promoting the club, the Warrior Way and My First Skid to attract and be attractive to any company or individual that would like to get involved with the club. Last year we started international Team Warrior with Steve Luxton in Florida and I am delighted that we have now grown this family further with Biketographer. It’s amazing the reach our club, and its ethos of a fun filled family night out, has and I hope this will continue to grow further. It gives me great pleasure to welcome Biketographer to the ‘Wightlink’ Warriors 2017 sponsorship team.”

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Vintage Iron Club Bike Show 2014

West Palm Beach, Florida, February 2014.  The Vintage Iron Club motorcycle show.  It has since moved to a new location, but no matter where you hold a vintage motorcycle show, it will be enjoyed.  Here are a few images that excite my 2-wheel passion.

Whether professionally restored, a daily driver, or the latest model in 50’s fashion, I seem to like anything that comes in twos.  Nice weather and a lot of nice motorcycles.

1972 Kawasaki H2, 3 cylinder 2-stroke

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