Dreams do come true. Yes they really really do. For years I have read about, and seen at a distance vintage bikes, I’ve hollered stop as we drive down a highway when I see an old abandoned, car, truck or jeep…if its been restored, it gets captured (picture taken) for my personal gallery.
Was I dreaming.. no… look a 1950 Buick super Riviera 56r design by the great Harley Earl head of General Motors industrial design. (info provided by Mark Hill) You know I was out of the truck and heading for it with my cell ready to grab a picture or two.
Look at the wheels, the generous use of chrome… Mark has not re touched it, the paint, everything is as it was when he got it. It was living in Canada for a while, but like a good pedigree dog, when the new owner had to part with it, it came back home to Mark.
While I was busy being totally enthralled by this charmer, a woman drove up who just happened to be Mark’s Mother, while we chatted, she told me that Mark’s main love was old vintage bikes, i.e Indians. Well this little China doll went into instant heart flutters. It was like the adrenalin went into overdrive.
Ladies and Gents, I have to tell you nothing could have made me “thrill” as much as being in a working machine shop, the vacuums the polisher, that smell of oils, grease, and waxes used when working the metal, All my senses were activated I just drank in the surroundings, I arrived at a quiet time, there was that happy silence that fills the garage when the machines aren’t working, dust is settling, and the mechanics are taking a break. I was in my own personal heaven.
Bikes are shipped from all over the world to be worked on by this man, in this shop. All the bikes are lovingly cared for and maintained by their owners.. they want the best for their treasures.. Thus the reason they get sent to Mark.
Dreams do come true, when you least expect them to. I saw this beauty and I wanted more. I followed my heart’s whispered (ok shout out) plea….. and stopped to take a closer look… what I found by listening to the inner voice was “magic” My adventure continued when I took the next step, I knocked and opened an unknown closed-door and found myself in a wonderland.
Ok not everyone shares my passion for vintage vehicles, but you get the message .. it is important to listen to your inner voice, and 2, open doors, step outside the box, you never know who you will meet, or what you will find.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
special thanks to Mark’s Mother and his friends for making my visit a special one. The dog was a beauty too! Unfortunately it just couldn’t compete with the machines and metal.