Tuesday, June 26, 2012

More Palace Progress!

When you're done with us go look at Bakersfield to Bakersfield and watch for these guys as they return on east bound Route 66!

Since the Motor Palace isn't quite ready we booked rooms at the La Posada in Winslow and El Rancho in New Mexico for a rolling wedding anniversary celebration. (We rolled in the truck to deliver a few rugs and a couple chandeliers.) We'll have "Road Trip" photos in the next post but for now we're just going to show building shots. Joe and the crew are doing a great job. The space is really comfortable with tons of natural light and a very solid feel.


For those of you new to us we are converting a mud room into sleeping quarters similar to a hotel room.  The mud room was added to the rear of the Motor Palace long before it was placed on the Historic Registry to enclose the entrance to the cellar. It's foundation was undermined and the walls were pulling apart so we decided to preserve, repair, and improve! We'll have about 400sf for bed and bath in the designated residential "Mud Room", with the kitchen and entertaining areas in the actual Motor Palace. We are doing the residential area first so we have a place to stay while we do the finish and cosmetic stuff.

Anyway here's a few shots.

The old wall

The new wall

Where the bathtub will go

Lori looking at the new windows

Bed view. There will be a door here.

Lucky Horseshoe found under the old foundation.

They put twelve signs like this in the new city parking lot next to the Motor Palace.
Tune in soon, we have 66 Road Trip pics and a little history coming up!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Why one should attend Deus Sunday Mass!

I saw a guy shooting with a Leica M8 at last month's Deus Sunday Mass and since I've had Lust for Leica (get it?) most of my adult life I took advantage of the opportunity to speak to it's owner.

The Photographers name is Peter Heck and it turns out he likes it. He spent considerable time teaching me about it and making lens recommendations. He never said so, but over the course of our conversation I got the idea he wasn't just taking snapshots for his Facebook page. As usual our conversation drifted to motorcycles and motorcycle things, (he rides a modified/lightened/hot rodded BMW R90/6). As we wrapped our conversation we exchanged cards confirming my suspicion, Peter's a professional photographer. We've stayed in touch since returned to Germany and he's been kind enough to share more photos of his motorcycle, these taken on a ride through the French Alps.

Anyway the point here is you should go to Deus Sunday Mass. "For sure" they'll have a smokin' hot band, beers, Handsome Coffee, lots of motorcycles, cool stuff for sale, nice people, and if you're lucky you'll meet a professional photographer who will send you fabulous pictures of motorcycles to make your next blog post look as good as this one. Thanks Peter, thanks Deus Ex Machina!

Peter Heck
Peter Heck

Peter Heck

Peter Heck

Peter Heck
Here's one he shot in So-Cal
Peter Heck

Here's a closer look of Peter's R90/6. Check out the Dell Ortos, deleted airbox cover, shortened front fender, dual discs, and R1200C fly screen.
Peter Heck


Peter, below are pictures of a Schott 641 and a few Bates Leather jackets. The non black ones are all two piece suits. The shorter ones are zip together models.

Schott 641


Current Bates custom suit.


Probably '60s custom for sponsored rider from Floyd Emde's shop.
Any info on J.S. would be appreciated.

Terry Watanabe's late '60s Jacket. Terry was a Suzuki Test engineer on things like the X6 Hustler. He liked California so much he took a job as a technician at Irv Seaver Motorcycle (our favorite BMW shop) and stayed there forever. 

"80s custom, going for the Honda VFR crowd

Pretty sure this is from the '60s

A great longer jacket from late '60's or '70s

"Bones" Dave Aldana replica made by ABC in the late '60s. Bates purchased ABC shortly after these were made. 

Current custom suit.
Things are moving ahead WFO in Winslow, we will be out there next week with plans to camp out in the 66 Motor Palace for the first time. Wish us luck!


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Old Winslow Pictures and some stuff for the Palace


This is the corner in 1948, I like the girl in the crosswalk talking on her cell phone.



Patty Willis after crashing her plane at an air race in Winslow.
Photo poached from "Ladies Love Taildraggers"

A Kreutzer tri-motor plane purchased from Navajo Airways to fly Winslow city officials around the state.
Schott jacket with brass hardware.

This is the drain from the sink we picked up in Prescott. We straightened it and wire brushed the chrome off to expose the brass.
More Rugs!
and chandeliers!!!


Our neighbors picked up this vintage Airstream to do some Route 66 exploring. We're getting ready to eat sausages!