Monday 9 December 2019

Sam The Record Man

I recently came across this photo from, I think, the 1970s online and it looked kind of familiar.

I did  bit of searching and came across this photo I took on a trip to Toronto in 2016 of the same shop front. 

The cops were arresting someone which was what made me stop and take the photo. Of the cop bike, not the actual arrest, as that was none of my business. 

I liked the 'americana' feel of the scene, despite it being in Canada. I have seen it said since that Toronto is the most American city in Canada.

Sunday 8 December 2019

Cinders to Shale

There is a small museum not too far from where I live dedicated to speedway racing. Strangely, the owner only opens it for one day a year, but it's his museum, so his rules.

A while back I got the nod that it was time for the annual open day and, although I'm not a huge fan of the sport, decided to pop along and have a look.

As museums go, it's quite small. Entrance is by donation and you enter through a narrow corridor covered in advertising posters. 

Turn a corner and you are met with a large room absolutely packed with bikes and even more memorabilia the strangest of which must be the jam jars lovingly labelled and full of ash and cinders from particular tracks and specific races.

The bikes themselves are pristine and they are obviously well cared for, unlike a lot of exhibits you come across in much bigger museums. They range from the vintage to the modern and include names like Vincent and Scott who I didn’t know made such specialist machines.

All in all it was a pleasant way to pass an hour or so and I’d recommend it should you manage to hear of it’s next open day.