Are you a vintage motorcycle engine expert? Do you know the ins and outs of engines from Vincent and Norton and some of the other famous marques? Last year I pointed out Daniel Pierce’s Up-N-Smoke Project, a series of excellent photos depicting powerplants from many of the best known vintage motorcycles. Dan has decided to put them all together in a book and he’s looking for a little help from the engine mavens who can fill in the details and tell the story of these works of mechanical art.
As Peirce puts it, “The book will have 50 vintage motorcycle engine pictures in it. I’m just a photographer, I could never write with authority on all these vintage engines. I’m asking people who know these engines to contribute essays about them to use in the book.” No payment involved and not all the essays submitted will be used in the book, but it could be your chance to be part of a significant historic motorcycle book project.
Peirce says that the complete image collection should be finished by the fall and that the deadline for essays is December 1, 2007. Just pick an engine in the collection that you have some experience with and follow the guidelines you’ll find at www.trickphotog.com.
So, if you are knowledgeable about a particular engine marque, and would like some bragging rights, send Dan 600-1000 words about it. The UNS Engine Project book promises to be both visually stunning and a good read to boot.