Meet Jack English, a 93-year-old legend who lives in a cabin isolated deep in the Ventana Wilderness.
While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead in the Ventana Wilderness was being put up for auction by the estate of a childless heiress. He put a bid on the property and won. On the land he built a small cabin using materials from the land and milling trees by hand. When his wife passed away, Jack effectively left "society" and moved to the cabin full time.
Freedom was a key word in the early ages of American Motocross and, when the motorcycling scene really took off in the 1970’s, so did an era of moto style that’s just as popular now as it was back in the day.
But as much as we want to re-capture the essence of what off-road racing was in its early years, we care about our safety. Let’s face it: vintage riding gear was basic, uncomfortable and, overall… not very safe. Goggles? Same. Their fit was mostly a joke. They sucked air, they sucked dust. They sucked… period.
Because our heart is close to the vintage movement and because, as a goggle company, we care about your vision and style - at 100%, we felt something had to be done about both: enter The Barstow.
When the pioneers raced the desert from Barstow to Vegas, they had no idea what it would be like to enjoy a triple-layer-foamed, solidly-strapped, anti-scratch, anti-fog-lens set of goggles, made of modern materials and featuring such a wide field of view.
But those are today’s most advanced standards of comfort and safety, so that’s what you’ll find in the Barstow along with, of course, the vintage style.
The Barstow is available in two versions: the Classic, MX specific version and, for those also (or more) café racer-oriented, we offer the Legend version. Now that your eyes and style are taken care of, …”Gas it!!!” as we like to say!
Run what you brung, it was more like a mini pikes peak than an hillclimb, one at time, timed runs, short course finishing with a run at the hill.
Vintage Mini Bike: (pull start)
Vintage Mini Bike: (kick start)
Vintage Moto-X: '74 & earlier
Modern Moto-X: '80 & later
Vintage Hooligan: Pre-Unit Singles, Open Twins
Modern Hooligan: Dual Sport, Classic 75 - '79
Whiskey Challenge: Run what you Brung!
It was $30 to race if you wore a costume, $40 without, $50 on the day.
$10 for each additional class.
Lanakila MacNaughton is a Portland based photographer and motorcyclist. Involved in many outdoor sports from a young age, Lana began documenting her experiences through photography. After developing a passion for motorcycles in her early twenties, she started documenting many facets of motorcycle culture through her lens. Lana shoots in medium format on a Hasselblad CM.
Lanakila MacNaughton speaks to her influences and mission for her latest project, "The Woman's Motorcycle Exhibition: The Real Woman Who Ride." Spend a day with a few of these woman as they cruise the wooded backroads of Portland, Oregon.
The Women's Motorcycle Exhibition documents the new wave of modern female motorcyclists. The goal is to reveal the brave, courageous and beautiful women that live to ride. TheWomen's Motorcycle Exhibition is a traveling show. The mission is to discover and present female riders from all different communities, riding backgrounds, and styles, and maybe even influence some connectivity amongst riders from these different areas. Different communities and venues are invited to host the photo exhibit to aid in this discovery.
Lanakila is always looking for women to shoot. Above all, she hopes to illustrate, and really present, the freedom, independence, excitement and personalities’ of “the born to be free” woman motorcyclists.
Director // Austin Will
Producer // Lanakila MacNaughton
Woman featured in this film // Letizia Maria aka. Zia - Stormie Lynne Ray - Ginger McCabe - Jenny Czinder
Interview Audio Editing // Andrew Grosse
Music // Courtesy of Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside + Partisan Records