The little Charlotte was about to turn 5 years old, and her mother, a friend o'mine, had found that old tricycle (70's?) in a trash bin... So I ended up with a week-end project I enjoyed a lot!
Mission : turn an old rusty toy into a fancy birthday gift!
I first dismantled it entirely (well, almost, the saddle and handle bar were stuck by the rust, I couldn't remove'em without bending the whole frame). Then, I removed all the rust and paint with a metallic brush on my electric drill, which was statically fixed on a workbench, with a foot switch for ease of use. Only 30 minutes to get it done!
Anti-rust primer spray, two layers... Sprayed right after the brushing, unless your bare metal starts rusting again!
No pictures of the actual paint job (spray as well, 2 layers of red, 2 layers of white) cuz the weather was changing and I really wanted to finish before the storm arrived... Therefore I totally forgot to take any further pics!
The color scheme is obviously the same as the famous Radio-Flyers... I could have made it more "girly", but the Mom could not stand any additional pink!
Then final finishing :
cleansing of the chain and put it back with new grease,
polishing of the wheels,
special product on the tires to get them shiny black again,
covering the saddle with white leather (using spray glue : the result is great!)
fixing a little vintage headlight, and a vintage-looking horn (the horn was a mandatory part of the original requirements from the mother!)
cleansing of the handles,
small pinstripe on the chain carter and front of the frame (not that, t'was my first time!)
Here we are! Perfect gift for a little monster to break the speed limits in the streets of her village!
By the way, it was as well the occasion to make a funny picture... Same kid, same tools... Almost the same tricycle.
Holy shit, 30 years. Kind of creepy, hum? "Some things change... Others do not."
edit February 2019 : This article is bitter-weet to me today, almost 10 years after I wrote it. A few days ago, Anna, who had asked me to restore this tricycle for her daughter Charlotte, took her own life. We were not in touch regularly anymore (life, years, tend to do that), but her smile, her laugh, will for ever stay with me. Her two teen daughters will now have to grow up without a mother... I remember them discovering this tricycle and pedaling like crazy accross the place in Valbonne, scaring people around by honking the horn... I am so sorry you made that choice Anna. I truly hope you don't suffer anymore today, wherever you are.
Here's a link to a beautiful set on FlickR : a set of drawings, made in the early 60's, allegedly depicting the daily life in the future...
These were offered as gifts by United States Steel International to its clients (hence the presence of metal of each and every drawing...).
Note, especially, how the chrome was supposed to be a future thing by then! Make sure you have a look at those... Click here!
I know, I know, I'm running very late with this article...
I already gave you an article about this event in 2007... I went back there in 2008, so here goes nothing, a few pictures from the Monaco Top Marques Show! (thanks Piet for the VIP Pass!)
Not as many pictures this time since many cars present this time were already there last year...
This is quite a funny place actually, where the most classy things rest side to side with exceptionnal examples of bad taste. (see this stolen picture for example)...
Anyway, once again, here be some very desirable vehicles. I gotta admit I'd gladly make that white SLR Brabus blanche my daily driver...
Oh, and look, nothing happens by chance : a MotoArt, stand is here, I just told you about them a while ago : I manage to get their beautiful paper catalogue...
10 times! This is the tenth time I wish you all, a Happy New Year on my website! Wow!
So, Excellent New Year 2009 to you, my dearest anonymous visitor. May this year bring you...
Let's say a good health, a roof on your head and enough to eat, that's already a lot with things as they are.
And if this year allows us to play a little bit with old, greasy toys and/or do some travels, well, that would be a very good year ; let's first try to keep it going that way till 2010, right?!
I would like to use that post as well to celebrate my 80.000th visitor! Thanks a lot, as usual, to all of you guys (and girls!), for your loyalty and little, friendly messages...
I know, ShamWerks could be more active, but I must admit that the current freezing-cold winter down here in France has somewhat cooled down my creativity... Beside, I do not have a lack of projects! OK, thy will be my good resolution for 2K9 : make my projects move forward, and stop waiting!
As goes the tradition, here's a pin-up to celebrate the new level reached by the hit-o-meter. But not just any pin up : Bettie Page herself, the world class pin up and burlesque icon...
Who has left us to shoot pictures under new skies last month, at the age of 85.
OK, call me paranoid, like 1984, Big Brother and so on, but hey, the Americans have spotted my Karmann from space!
Yep, that is my KG, parked on the parking lot of my former place, spotted by the Google's satellites (middle picture) and the Microsoft's planes (left and right pictures)! Feels a bit like Yann Arthus Bertrand (Earth from Above), somehow...
Click the pictures to get to the maps...