Ice Road over the frozen Kemijoki. Rovaniemi, Finland.
While out and about one day and feeling a little hungry I began to look for a place to get a bite to eat. So riding around I came across a restaurant at the side of a supermarket.
Can you say Gulag?.
I had noticed a car following me, but didn't give it much attention.
Turns out Timo had been looking for me to bring me by his house and show me some of his collection of old iron. Timo has some nice collections of old stuff, guns, bikes etc, and doesn't really work on newer bikes younger than 1952.
And one of his many pieces was a real beaut, a 1935 Harley-Davidson model VFD with Sidecar. 1 of only 5 produced.
What could possibly go wrong?. It's only snow.
The upswept exhaust was found only on the 1934 model.
I am not the photographer and don't know who was, otherwise there would be a photographer credit included. But if someone does recognize them please feel free to drop me a line about them.
1934 Harley Davidson VL. The man in the saddle is Lauri Kukka (1900-2005)
105 years old when died.
Penkkarit in 1934 on the Kemijoki in Rovaniemi.
All the twin lamp bikes are 1930 Harley Davidson VL's. The bike on the far right is an Indian Scout.
Again, Penkkarit. The bike in front is a 61ci Husqvarna V-Twin.
Lauri Kukka (seated) and 1934 H-D VL with Winter Equipment.
Five 1930 H-D VL's and one 1931 VL in the middle.
A 1933 Harley Davidson VL with Winter Equipment: modified hand clutch, cloth wrapped oil lines, side skis and rear tire chain.
Timo has a few other interesting items, a 1924 Harley Davidson model JE, with electric lights, horn and a battery ignition.
There's a race car too in his garage from the 30's with a Ford V-8 with Ardun Hemi heads. These will have to be in another post, as I had a whoopsie with deleting items from my laptop and accidentally deleted 50 GB of pictures.
Yea, I know. And the Idiot of the month award goes to.............
Meanwhile, in other related news John Nikas and Grace are awaiting final installation of engine parts for Grace to get up and running again after some open heart surgery, and if that happens in the next week or so John and Grace will be shipping over to Italy at the end of April to take part in this years Mille Miglia 1000. And if that happens my intentions are to ride down to Italy to meet up with John, Grace and DriveAwayCancer and support them and also to join forces with RideAwayCancer and see what we can accomplish together.
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