Friday, August 1, 2014

Origine Ateliers Jeweler & Biker


My friends Florent Tremolosa and Stephanie Porsain from Origine Ateliers, craftsmen jewelers in Biarritz are working for the greatest jewelers from La Place Vendôme in Paris and are always looking for the nice gesture in any sense and have a knack for creating and pushing the limits. These innovative craftsmen, gemstones lovers are creating original collections inspired by the ocean and the Basque mountains that surround them. Together with David Ferreira de Carvalho they create pieces of art to accompany harmoniously resolutely contemporary luxury men and women today.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Special Kompressor


Via the "Must Read" Weiss und Blau. When Walter Zeller retired from racing for BMW he was given a spectacular gift. The folks in the racing department had fabricated for him a one-off street legal kompressor. The motor was a pre-war sidecar lump. It was fitted to a custom tubular steel frame very similar to the RS54. Of course the requisite headlight and taillight were included. The story goes that Walter enjoyed the bike for several years before selling it to a school teacher who had lusted after the bike for quite some time.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Steve McQueen Intimate Photo Shoot


In the spring of 1963, Steve McQueen opened up the doors of his Palm Springs home to Life magazine photographer John Dominis. Three weeks and more than 40 rolls of film later, Dominis had an unrivalled insight into the award-winning actor’s life, having spent time with his family, camped with his friends, and raced his cars around Hollywood. He captured some intimate and now-iconic images – only a handful of which were ever published.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Croft Residence Sedona by Matt Dougan


My friend Matthew Dougan designed this Home in 2004 - 2005 and it was built in 2006 - 2007. The photos taken were within 6 months after the construction was completed so the flora and fauna have grown significantly since that time. Exactly the kind of Home where I would like spend the entire summer and more ...

 The Clients asked Matt to design them a home in the style of the of the Old Villas in Italy, France and Spain and also make it transitional enough so that it ages well and the style does not get dated. The design consist of an estate style layout with main house of 3,250 square feet a detached guest casita (small house) of 550 square feet and a detached single car garage and studio of 550 sq. feet with it's own bath.

The main home consists of a 2 car garage, kitchen , powder room, laundry room, a master suite bedroom with sitting room, a bath, and master courtyard, a library, a loft office niche, a guest suite bedroom and bath and a third room in the main house in a loft in the stone entry tower with access from the main living room (greatroom) via wrought iron stairs and a balcony with double doors overlooking the greatroom. The double doors at the balcony (see interior greatroom photo) came out of an old chapel that was demolished in Spain and are said to be about 500 years old. There is also a carved wood window dormer high up above the stairs that came out of the chapel as well and it too is said to be at least 500 years old.

The roof tiles for the home actually came from Valencia spain and the stucco is done in the old world earth pigment style that ages and develops patina over time. There are handmade wrought iron railings chimney grates and gates throughout the property echoing the style of the European villas as well as the hand laid stonework walls and steps as well. The Home sits in a most beautiful location in Sedona, Arizona USA at the base of Elephant mountain and is only 2 hours drive from the World famous Grand Canyon. The only thing that might have made this home even better is if it was on the coast of Spain or in Provence or Lake Lugano in Italy.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wrecked Metals 1976 Ironhead


Wrecked Metals is a traditional Hot Rod and Chopper Shop Located in Boise Idaho.

Motors & Soul


Virage8 présente l’événement Motors & Soul le samedi 6 et le dimanche 7 septembre 2014 au Château de Villiers (91).

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Laurent Chantegros Surf Photographer


Originally from France, Laurent Chantegros moved to California when he was twenty-three. He currently resides in San Diego, and he started taking photos 25 years ago, spending countless hours in the darkroom processing black and white films. The last few years, he has split my time between studio and sport photography. Recently though, his interest shifted to surf photography. Now he's spending most of his time in the waters of Southern California capturing the lifestyle and culture of surfing.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Keanu Reeves' Commandos


Keanu Reeves and his Norton Commando motorcycles.

Friday, July 25, 2014



Alain Delon on the set of The Girl on a Motorcycle, 1968.