Harold Park Paceway is a harness horse racing track in Sydney. Or it used to be. It was sold a few years back to a developer who is trying to turn it into a billion dollar housing development. As the project is on hold until it gets the final approvals, Deus had a brilliant idea. To hire the track for a day, find some ‘jockeys’ to do a few laps, shoot some film and create some serious dust clouds for the locals to whine about. Here’s a nice little back story about the film by Carby Tuckwell, the creative force behind Deus:
“We have been sneaking in for a quick lap for ages, you get two at best before the caretaker wanders out and gives us a gentle wave on. No aggro, they know we are just having fun. What we really wanted was a good session on the banked gravel without interruption, so we asked to rent it for the day for a photo shoot and called around for willing jockeys. It was bumpy and ungroomed after years of neglect and the developer had drilled core samples at 50m intervals for extra danger. We got some good laps in, some of the dirt virgins pop squirting around with smiles like 10 year olds and a real 10 year old (Tom) who races speedway who trickled out from the pits and proceeded to ride wide open for 7 laps sideways the whole way. This kid will be a star.”
While they were at the horse track, the Deus boys also managed to shoot… um, rustle up a selection of stunning photos which can be viewed here. Enjoy.
The city of Auckland is commonly known as the ‘City of Sails’ because there are more yachts in the harbour per capita than any other city in the world. After our recent visit to the impressive Deus store and workshop, I think they should rename Auckland the ‘City of Classic Motorcycles’. We were blown away by the number of beautiful bikes housed in this huge warehouse, from vintage Vincents and Husqvarnas, right through to brand new Triumphs and Harley Custom Bobbers. Incredibly this huge warehouse is only footsteps from the heart of the city – and dangerously close to the Sky City Casino. To find out where they are, hit the jump.
Just found this blog through the Deus Oily Rag. Its called Lovers Land. Its a blog about a few guys who dig motorbikes, art and surf. They are travelling the aussie coast with board racks attached to their w650’s. Its some of the coolest photography I have seen in a while. They even manage to work in some of their sponsors products without making it seem forced. Anyway I have the urge to go neck a few Corona’s, not sure why…
Another piece of motorcycle history I admired at the Deus shop was this old Indian Scout. I know it’s not a cafe racer but it would have been one hell of a ride back in its day.
In the 1920’s the Scout gained reputation for strength and reliability, which led to the old Indian saying: “You can’t wear out an Indian Scout, or its brother the Indian Chief. They are built like rocks to take hard knocks; it’s the Harleys that cause grief.” Them are fightin words!
Stick a late 60’s Triumph engine 650cc in a Norton wide line Manx frame and you have a cafe racer to die for. Triumph brakes, Norton tank, Dunstall pipes, alloy rims and straight bars. With pin striping on the silver tank all you need is the scarf and goggles..