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The Mooneyes model from Dyno is a mythical beast amongst custom pushie enthusiasts. Pairing the world’s most beautiful beach cruiser frame with the legendary Mooneyes brand was always going to be a recipe for success, and to this day over 20 years later it’s a highly coveted model. Which makes seeing them rare, and seeing modified ones even rarer.

Enter Lucca Rotti from Queensland. To call Lucca a bike fanatic is an understatement. He runs Rotties Resurrections, where he lovingly restores a range of beach cruisers and release them back into the world. Not only that, he also coordinates the Krazy Cruiser Bicycle Club, a laidback meeting post for custom bike enthusiasts across Australia, with local groups across the country organising rides and meet ups, as well as help and advice.

So Lucca is particularly well placed to take on modifying the mythical Mooneyes Dyno. And it is absolutely stunning! There’s some great attention to detail with this build, with a real focus on using GT spec parts from the right era – GT being the creators of the Dyno brand in the late 90s. The blacked out parts spec looks super tough when matched against that famous yellow, but still fits with the heritage and essence of the Mooneyes brand. And for the purists stressing about modifying such a coveted bike, the careful approach means it can always be reverted to factory specs down the track.

Special thanks to Lucca for allowing us to share the specs and pics of this great ride!

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Frame: Stock Mooneyes Dyno
Stem: GT piston, 2002 GT power series BMX
Crank and pedals: 2002 GT power series BMX
Chainring: Oddysey with painted centre with Mooneyes logo
Fork: Dyno, lowered 1” to hug the tyre better, blacked out
Seat: Phat Cycles
Front wheel: Dyno rim and hub, radially laced
Rear wheel: New 65mm rim, 3 leading – 3 trailing laced pattern, Nexus 3 speed hub
Shifter: HBBC suicide shift

And just for reference sake, here’s a before shot.

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This year’s Sydney Hot Rod and Custom Auto Expo was a cracker! I’ll be honest, I’m fairly over static show and shines – and indoor shows are the worst. So I was pretty stoked (and surprised) to come away grinnin’ after this one.

The organisers have made a concerted effort to inject some new life into the stale indoor show format. Motorcross stunt shows, dragster fire ups, live air brushing and pinstriping, and dedicated rod and custom parking out front. A new addition this year was Nostalgia Lane, strictly open to only period correct rides, and featuring a killer variety including rods, customs, drag cars, lowriders and bombs. With some specially invited car clubs, it was a definite highlight of the show. In addition to this, the Mooneyes crew put on a great display with the Mooneyes dragster, original art pieces by resident pinstriper Hiro ‘Wildman’ Ishii as well as live pinstriping too! Throw in a bunch of other great rods and customs, and it was a great little show.

While all the ‘big boys’ of the show scene might have been at Motorex down in Melbourne, I’d chose this show every day of the week. Well done to the organisers!

Enjoy the pics! They’re far from perfect, but they’re okay for the ol’ phone.

What happens when a bunch of great hot rod and lowbrow artists come together to help kick cancer’s ass as part of the Shitbox Rally? The Shitbox Artists Art Auction is what happens!

The Shitbox Rally itself is a challenge to participating teams to drive cars worth under $1,000 across some of Australia’s most formidable roads, all in the name of charity. Teams are encouraged to give their car a name and a theme as part of the fun, with some hilarious results. This year’s event will see teams drive 3,800km from Brisbane to Darwin from May 19-25th. Each team needs to raise a minimum of $4,000 to take part, with all proceeds going towards the Cancer Council. Of course this is just a minimum, and each team is encouraged to raise as much as they can!

This is where the Shitbox Artists Art Auction comes in. Vicki Pattison, a renowned signwriter and artist from Queensland, is half of the ‘Blonde Bandits’ team. She’s teamed up with hot rod and lowbrow artists from across Australia to hold an art auction. Bidding starts at $150 on each piece, and all proceeds go to their team total – and then the Cancer Council of course!

We’ve shared some of the art below, but make sure you check out their facebook page Shitbox Artists Art Auction for full auction details. Dig deep, the art is amazing and the cause is great! And thanks to all of the participating artists for donating their work.

1Ceramic bike tank by Cam “Wolfman” Caltieri of Melbourne.

2Vintage petrol tin by Adam Tierney of Toowoomba.

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Painting on timber by Evan James Marshall “Johnny Voodoo” of Brisbane.

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Pinstriped panel by Paul “Thommo” Thompson of Brisbane.

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Painting on canvas by Rob Walker of Brisbane.

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Painting on canvas by Roger Warsop of Sydney.

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Pinstriped panel by Kane Shultz “Kane’o” of Brisbane.

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Painting on canvas by Micky Hora of Brisbane.

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Pinstriped panel by Julz Neville of Melbourne.

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Painting on canvas by Paul Hughes of Melbourne.

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Sculpture by Rastra Lyall of Brisbane.

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Skate deck by Pete Rudd of the Gold Coast.

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Painting on canvas by LB Guzzler.

The trailer for Incredibles 2 has just dropped (watch it here). Like it’s predecessor, it looks like it’s chock a block full of mid-century modern design goodness. We can’t wait!

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Western Sydney shook once again today as the Day of the Drags rolled into town again.

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Hand painted signs are like old cars – they’re a bit of a window back to a simpler style. A time when style and craftsmanship were valued, and computers were something from a science fiction movie. It’s no wonder I dig both of them in a big way.

So when I stumbled across this amazing collection of pics from Tierney Signs spanning almost a century, I just had to see if I could share them. Graciously, Adam Tierney was only too happy to. The company was originally established in Sydney in 1924 by the late James Mark Tierney. His four sons all followed in his footsteps and studied in the traditional trade. One of his sons Peter, moved to Toowoomba in 1978 and started serving the region. He’s now retired, but sons Adam and Liam have taken on the family legacy for the third generation. To this day they still offer traditional hand painted signs, as well as modern style signage as well. If you’re in the Darling Downs, you know who to contact for your signage needs. For more details check out their website www.tierneysigns.com.au or facebook page.

All images courtesy Tierney Signs1The Late James Mark Tierney. Glebe, Sydney 1927.

3Haymarket in the late 1940’s.

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Circa 1950’s Quay Street – Haymarket in peak trade.4
Ramsgate 1950’s.
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Late 50s to early 60s.6

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Ramsgate, early 1970s.
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This piece was hand painted by Tierney Signs in the 1960’s. The piece is heritage listed and is now part of the Ultimo Tafe campus. This kind of work was regular contract work from the original Sydney Fruit and Vegetable Markets in Haymarket.

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Art deco buildings, rockabilly music, great cars and pin ups every 10 paces – the annual Lady Luck festival in Katoomba is always a great little show.

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