Archive for October, 2013

Cherry XA……

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Sac

Chopper Pan……….

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Ventura Nats 190

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Ventura Nats 192

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Ventura Nats 194

’49 Shoebox…….

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Ventura Nats 269

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Ventura Nats 270

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Ventura Nats 271

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Mystery of the Traub Motorcycle

In 1967, a plumber doing renovations of an apartment building outside Chicago tore down a brick wall and found what would prove to be a baffling mystery to vintage motorcycle enthusiasts – a one-of-a-kind motorcycle bearing 1917 plates and the name “Traub”. The building’s elderly owner admitted that his son had stolen the bike before going off to WWI, never to return. But where the bike came from and who made it remains a unknown to this day

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Traub

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

 

Currently residing in the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, the Traub is considered by many to not only be the rarest motorcycle in their collection, but in the world.

 


The Traub was sold to Torillo Tacchi, a bicycle shop owner in Chicago after its discovery who later sold it to Bud Ekins – famous as Steve McQueen’s stuntman – while Ekins was on set of the Blues Brothers movie in the late 1970s. The Traub was later sold to collector and restorer, Richard Morris, who then sold it to Wheels Through Time Museum curator, Dale Walksler, in 1990. It has been on permanent display in the museum collection ever since.
Don’t think this unique motorcycle is merely a museum piece though. Walksler rides the Traub fairly regularly. When asked about the engine components, he enthusiastically replied, “Everything inside the engine is just magnificent. The pistons are handmade, and have gap-less cast iron rings, the engineering and machining being simply years ahead of their time.”

 

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Trauba

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

“When comparing other top motorcycle makes and models of the era, the Traub has no equal. Comprised of a sand-cast, hand-built, 80 cubic-inch “side valve” engine, the machine has the ability to reach speeds in excess of 85 mph with ease,” says Walksler.


Aside from its few off-the-shelf components, the Traub has many unique handmade features. The three-speed transmission is thought to be one of the first of its kind and the rear brake, a dual-acting system that employs a single cam that is responsible for pushing an internal set of shoes, while pulling an external set, has never been seen on any other American motorcycle.

 

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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Sunday, October 27th, 2013

“For a machine to have such advanced features, unparalleled by other motorcycles of the same era, is truly outstanding,” said Walksler. “It’s my opinion that The Traub was an attempt at a new breed of motorcycle. But how on earth could a machine have been produced in such great form, with capabilities that far exceed that of any comparable machine, without the knowledge of the rest of the motorcycle industry during that time.”

The hunt for the Traub’s elusive origin hasn’t stopped. “While we may never know why the machine was placed behind that wall, we do hope to one day find out more about its history and the genius that created it,”

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

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NOT a small block Chevy…………Thank goodness!…….

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Ventura Nats 118

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Ventura Nats 119

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Ventura Nats 121

We went to a car show today with the Prez and Zza Zza…Here’s the coolest cat at the show and his car………

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Woodley 073

BMW and MV Agusta @ Ir Camino 2013…….

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Ir Camino 103

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