British Customs remembers world land speed record holder Johnny Allen in their Legends Series about motorcycling greats.
LOS ANGELES, CA
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
The face of motorcycling is changing. The culture of motorcycling is shifting around a community that embraces a heritage of unknown origins. But these origins are only unknown because the archives where they exist have never been digitized.
British Customs, a lifestyle brand and designer of aftermarket motorcycle parts, has been bridging the past with the present by seeking out the people who made motorcycling what it is, and sharing it with today’s riders. British Customs has been interviewing these figures, digitizing their archives, and reaching out to their networks to follow every possible in the tapestry of the history of motorcycling.
British Customs has been uploading these pieces to their blog where they are establishing an authoritative database documenting the development of motorcycling, covering the racers, races, machines, tuners, events, personalities, designers, and more that collectively created motorcycling as it is now known and loved.
British Customs is calling this the Legends Series.
To help riders get their own piece of history, British Customs has released multiple custom tribute motorcycles built in collaboration with some of these legends, as well as numerous other parts designed in conjunction with them. These include the Triumphant built with Eddie Mulder, The Sonny Nutter Tribute built with Sonny Nutter, the BC X Mule Motorcycles Tracker Classic built with Richard Pollock, the Spirit of Gyronaut built with the heirs of the original Gyronaut X-1 Team, Drag Pipes, Slash Cut TT Exhaust, the Pro Builder Series Mule Motorcycles parts, the Stainless Steel Collection, and more.
British Customs has continued to develop their growing archive by adding a highly researched and connected piece on the holder of the title of The Fastest Man in the World in 1956: Johnny Allen.
Allen’s competitive career started, as many then did, with flat tracking, until he sustained a serious leg injury. Following that, he took up drag racing, and was a pioneer of the pursuit of raw speed, as he became a highly successful drag racer. His goal was to set the absolute motorcycle land speed record though, and did so at 214.40 miles per hour in 1956 while riding in a legendary streamliner powered by a 500 cc Triumph Tiger engine called “The Texas Ceegar.”
The majority of motorcycles used by racers in the heyday of motorcycle racing were all common street motorcycles that had only been stripped down and modified for whatever purposes the rider wanted. In step with this, British Customs has published multiple style guides on how to customize any Triumph Modern Classic including the iconic Bonneville, Thruxton, and Scrambler in a number of retro styled motorcycles. These styles include trackers, cafe racers, scramblers, bobbers, desert sleds, resto-mods, and more.
Each week, British Customs will publish at least two more pieces on their blog to further add to their archives documenting the racers, events, machines, designers, personalities, and many others who created the heritage of motorcycling.
Anyone interested in using or viewing the archival images and documents British Customs is digitizing is encouraged to contact them.
About British Customs:
British Customs is a Southern California-based lifestyle brand and designer of aftermarket motorcycle parts. They are known for making the highest quality factory-spec bolt-on parts that only require common tools and minimal technical knowledge to install. With any of their parts upgrades, the average rider can completely customize his or her motorcycle in a weekend.