I think I’ve found my new hero – Adam Craver. This guy epitomizes machines and the visceral feeling we get from them. However, he philosophizes on a major issue that has been brought up politically over the past few decades: the deindustrialization of America. Seeing that we’re on an automotive site, I’m certain that we know the difference between a Phillips and a flat head screwdriver; heck, most of us probably know the difference between a flathead engine and an overhead valve engine. But he makes a great point – there is little knowledge and desire within our emerging generation to create physical things. Craftsmen aren’t being replaced and the shortage is disheartening.
I didn’t think it was possible, but this video makes me want a vintage bike even more than I already did. I was probably going to settle on a BMW R75 or a Honda CB450, but now I might have to save up more nickels to save up for a BSA or a Norton.
Side note: Norton shouldn’t have ever been the name of the anti-virus company as it bastardized the iconic British motorcycle brand name. But then again, Apple was the name of a great record label before some computer company decided to take over the world. Oh well…
The next time I’m in Philadelphia, I’m definitely checking out his shop.
:: Jim Comeau