PETROLETTES IN HISTORY: Real Rosie Riveters
According to the Labor Dept, if you've sewed on buttons, or made buttonholes on a machine, you can learn to do spot welding on airplane parts. If you've done fine embroidery, or made jewelry, you can learn to do assembly on time fuses, radio tubes. If you've used an electric mixer in your kitchen, you can learn to run a drill press. If you've ironed your sheets in an electric mangle, you can learn to run a blueprint machine.
Paging Dr. Motorcycle
Damsels in distress? No way! Move over Prince Charming, and hand us your wrench while you’re at it. Here a few simple tips when it comes to knowing the basics on how to service your bike, courtesy of Rising Sun Workshop's co-founder Adrian Sheather.
TRACK DAY CLUB: Wakefield Park, Sydney
Founded in 2012, Track Day Club offers the chance for any drivers to test their wheels, set personal bests and let out their need for speed in what is a family friendly, safe and super fun event. IVV got the chance to participate last winter at Wakefield park and was blown away literally (as it was seriously windy) and figuratively by the approachable, well organized family run event.
Be Your Own Knight.
When life is a series of dualities, yin and yang, good and bad, loss and gain, how do you navigate the world under such grounding circumstances? Reflecting on a tough start to 2016 and a life flipped on its proverbial head... IVV has become a safe haven of inspiration, creativity and unwaivering support.
If it Doesn’t Run, Doesn’t Matter How Pretty it is
The Scarlet Headers founder Shelby Rossi noticed within the group there was a clear want to expand the intent behind their regular get togethers from planning their rides to learning more about motorcycles. Therefore, Shelby and the Headers are now using a Honda CL project build to build their knowledge on motorcycles, together and will be sharing their lessons here for others to learn with them.
Leticia Cline's List
Leticia is no stranger to In Venus Veritas: when I featured her story earlier this year, she was just building momentum in her return to motorcycling after a long hiatus. Since, Cline has reinvented herself to include her passion for motorcycling and community making. And with that somehow found the time to compile them all into a list you can find on her website, compiled based on location so you can find ladies near you.
KICKSTARTER: Tobacco Motorwear Women's Jeans
Following the success of their men's range of kevlar denim, the team behind the Tobacco Motorwear company are responding to the demands of more women wanting a road tested denim that looks and feels like our favourite pair of jeans via their kickstarter campaign.
The Process Beyond the Parts
As a machine, motorcycles themselves bare no ego. Motorcycles have no explicit beauty, beyond the beauty that humans impose upon them. A motorcycle is essentially a slew of parts joined together to perform or serve a function, yet people inevitably attach deeper meanings to these bundles of parts. Each person in their own right has at one point in their life developed an attachment to a machine, which led them to dig deeper. How can this conglomeration of bearings, gears, and wires create a social movement? How can it cause a desire, and a feeling of escape from the monotony of life?
The Clay Vessel
We’ve endured a lot since the idea for Rising Sun Workshop left my parents garage four years ago. The process has turned us into business owners, leaders, managers, directors, ball-busters, politicians, diplomats, activists… whatever it took to get through the gauntlet that is setting up a community-centred business. After a tough day I ask myself, "What is the real measure of success?"
ROAD STYLE: Julz
Mad Max immediately comes to mind when describing Julia's style – it’s rough, tough and very cool and perfectly suits her brappy Honda XR400. Juls is a hot-chocolate drinking, screaming Banshee and abuses her motorcycle gear! Her daily holy trinity (boots, helmet, jacket) includes: ...
Workshop for Vintage Planes
I don't really know why, but I always had this idea that airports (and pilots) were impenetrable environments for the elite only. So I was pinching myself while hanging out with Cass and Peter from the Australian Aerobatics Academy who share a hanger with some mystery owner who also collects and restores small aircraft. I didn't know where to look first!
Every time I visit John the Mercedes Man (that's how he answers the phone) he has something from the M-B past in different states of restoration. Seeing this 190SL sitting on the lift waiting its full restoration... I kinda nearly fell over. As he tells me what other models are arriving for him to bring back to life for a collector, it made me consider leaving my life behind and trying on the trophy-wife-strategy on whoever this rich collector was (male/female... who cares?).
Women who Ride
While women on motorcycles are not a new phenomenon, they seem to be growing in popularity and social media has facilitated this. We're now more connected than ever and able to self publish our own lives. So why not cheer each other on? It's easy to forget the prejudice women have been subjected to in the past...
KDQ in the AMERICAS!
Photographer (and all round legend) Kate Disher-Quill is currently on a solo adventure through the USA and Mexico. Readers will know her work well, it's ALL over this website. So when she asked if there were any women she could capture for IVV while on her trip... trying to contain my excitement and not fill her trip with women was a challenge!