In the world of meteorology, a perfect storm is defined as a series of once-in-a-lifetime circumstances that combine to form a weather event of an almost unbelievable magnitude. Put simply, it’s a whole bunch of freakishly bad things getting together and raising hell. So what do you imagine would happen when a whole bunch of freakishly good things got together and raised hell? Well, wonder no more because here we have one of our all-time favourite Harleys. Which itself was made by the boys at Evolution, one of Australia’s best builders. And then the whole thing has been captured on pixels by one of Australia’s best motorcycle videographers – Cam Elkins from Stories of Bike. So batten the hatches, stock up on the non-perishables and press play on this rather epic piece of custom bike awesomeness. Here’s ‘Forge’.
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Last time we featured Evolution on these here hallowed pages, there was a general consensus that the CB750 they came up with was pretty freakin’ fine. After an effort like that, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Paul and the boys might have rested on their laurels and just popped out a straight-forward cafe SR or W650 while they basked in their well-earned limelight, right? Wrong. See, while I was shooting that CB, Paul made me swear on my mother’s frilly white undies that if he told me about his next project, I would keep my mouth shut. Of course I agreed (the joke’s on him – everyone knows my mum doesn’t wear any underwear) and he cautiously revealed that his new effort was a blown 1940 side-valve Harley. Then he smiled a smile that instantaneously redefined the term “shit-eating grin.” After I picked up my jaw off the floor…
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If having your handy work plastered up here on the pages of Tube deTemp Rouge earned you some sort of shiny golden statuette of a stylised, airborne motorbike with a windswept pilot barely managing to hold on while his rattly steed heads for the heart of the sun, then the boys at Evolution Motorsports would be kicking back right now, feet up, staring at four of the things up there on their greasy, old spark plug infested mantle piece. Undoubtedly the initial honour of owning one will have worn off by now, and the first spate of polishing and dusting and showing it to everyone who entered the shop will have subsided, now replaced with casual comedic additions to them including a beer bottle cap as a hat, some racing numbers added with a sharpie, and even a stupendous appendage grafted onto trophy number 2 using some used pink gum. But why? Because of late they have had something else to occupy their crafty, talented minds. What have they been cutting their fingers on and greasing up their cuticles with, you ask? This is what.
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Had a day off the other day. Sydney. Blue sky. Still warm, but there’s a slight touch of Autumn in the air. What to do? Maybe jump on the bike and cruise down to one of our many beautiful beaches for a swim? No. Grab the wife and kids and pop down to the local park for a picnic and some quality time with the fruit of my loins? Nope. How about jumping in your mum’s crappy Toyota Camry (don’t ask) and driving from one end of the city to the other to hang out with a bunch of guys in a dark, greasy little workshop with a bunch of heavy equipment, some swarf, an old dog, and a dull blue Leyland P-76. Oh, did I mention the numerous cool bikes they had lying around in various states of customisation? God it was cool. Welcome to Evolution Motorsports.
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Pipeburn: Can you introduce yourself?
Paul: I’m Paul McKinnon, owner of Evolution Motorsport (centre above, without dress). I’m a die-hard circuit racer and have been since age 11. I have two trades; mechanic and watchmaker – but my passion is fabrication.
PB: Tell us About Evolution.
PM: Evolution Motorsport is a 4-year-old business based in Brookvale, in Sydney’s northern beaches. We pride ourselves on quality workmanship. I started out with the view of motorsport fabrication as that’s where my background is, but I have now realised that business doesn’t always go the way you first thought. We now cover all areas of vehicle fabrication work, whether it be bikes, rods and customs or racecars. We survive because you can’t buy everything; some things just have to be handmade.
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