Friday, December 2, 2022

May and Chance The Incredible Destiny of May Dodd

For those who had the chance to read the Jim Fergus' novel "One Thousand White Women" (story based on real events), I highly recommend to read the last novel that closes this trilogy, "May and Chance The Incredible Destiny of May Dodd".  In this last volume, Jim Fergus brings us once again in contact with the Cheyennes tribes and one of their leader, Chief Little Wolf. 

Almost unknown in the United States, Jim Fergus is not the only American writer to be more successful in France than in the United States (even if One Thousand White Women has sold almost a million copies all editions combined). Best-selling author Douglas Kennedy, writer James Ellroy who admits "selling six times more books in France than in the United States" or even Jim Harrison, who died last March, are in the same situation.

Jim Fergus

This gave me the opportunity to immerse myself once again in historical facts.

After the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876), attempts by the United States Army to capture the Cheyenne intensified. A group of 972 Cheyenne were deported to the Indian Territories of Oklahoma in 1877. The living conditions there were terrible, the Northern Cheyenne being unaccustomed to the climate, and soon many were stricken with malaria. In 1878, the two main chiefs, Little Wolf and Morning Star (Dull Knife), demanded the release of the Cheyenne so that they could return north. In the same year, a group of about 350 Cheyenne left the Indian Territories in a northerly direction, led by these two chiefs. Army soldiers and civilian volunteers, whose total number is estimated at 13,000, were quickly in pursuit. The gang quickly split into two groups. The group led by Little Wolf returned to Montana. Morning Star's gang was captured and escorted to Fort Robinson, Nebraska, where they were held. They were ordered to return to Oklahoma, which they promptly and firmly refused. Conditions grew increasingly harsh by the end of 1878, and soon the Cheyenne were confined to their quarters, without food, water, or heat.

Chief Little Wolf (left) and Chief Morning Star

In January 1879, Morning Star and his companions escaped from Fort Robinson. Most were shot while fleeing the fort. The number of survivors is estimated at 50, who joined the other Northern Cheyenne in Montana. Through their determination and sacrifice, the Northern Cheyenne won the right to dwell in the North near the Black Hills. In 1884, by executive order, a reservation for the Northern Cheyenne was established in southeastern Montana. This reservation was extended in 1890, to stretch from the Crow Reservation in the west to the Tongue River in the east. 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Ariat's Full Throttle Boots

The latest in a long line of Ariat Performance boots, these Wide Square Full Throttle Men's Western Boots bring an exciting new twist to the classic western boot. The black boots feature a colorful stripe pattern down the side and numerous functional features.  These boots are great for wearing around the ranch, or for hitting the open road with your motorcycle this summer!  With premium full-grain leather, Goodyear technology, and Duratread outsoles, these boots are built to last. 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Chappe et Gessalin CG 1200 S

Even more than Britain, the field of post 1950 specialist French sports cars is dominated by certain characters whose names are stamped on a variety of low volume makes. In this case it is the brothers Chappe, Abel, Albert and Louis. These three make up the ‘C’ of Chappe et Gessalin, or CG. The ‘G’ comes from Jean Gessalin. In 1969 CG they released the model range CG 1200 S. This was based on the later Simca 1200 S Coupe, first released in June 1967, which itself used as its basis the latest Simca 1000s that were known internally as type B1200. A special car evolved out of this, of which 20 were to be built but in the end 18 were made. They were called the CG Lite “548”, in reference to their light 548kg all-up weight. 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Many true stories of the Old West

Many true stories of the Old West. My family lived it. 

By Stan Ellefson 

I hope these photos illustrate Stan's words and are, I imagine, the reflection of a forgotten reality

In the mid 60's they were a couple of cowboys living in my neighborhood in San Diego. They were living with their great grand children. One of them was like 96, or 97 and in 1965 could still remember seeing some Buffalo in Texas. He came from Germany when he was 5 and grew up on a small ranch in Texas. He was luckier than most because his father owned the small ranch. His last name was Longenecker. My Grandfather was born in 1898 and grew up on a family ranch in Oklahoma. He was born during a blinding prarie blizzard.. The doctor couldn't get to their ranch for some hours, but everything turned out just fine. The life of a Cowboy was a hard one. Drifting from one job, to another, or settling down and marrying the bosses daughter. My great grandfather Hall's  family had land, horses and cattle, so when he married into the Morris family it was considered a good match. My Grandfather broke the mold by joining the Army at the age of 16. He always said that Army life was easier than Ranch life. A Cowboy definitely had skills, but if he got in trouble somewhere he could easily move on and change his name.

The Morris ranch is still owned by some distant cousins, but I don't know if they still keep horses and cattle. 

My friend Stan is an operator/Pilot of BMW motorcycles. Holder of 500,000 mile BMW award, aviation structural mechanic at USCG, ALC (Aviation Logistics Center) (Depot level maint.) and aviation structural mechanic at Lear Seigler

Monday, November 28, 2022

BMW R90S by Mécanique Authentique


Graduated in aeronautical mechanics, Christophe from Mécanique Authentique in Godewaersvelde, will take the greatest care of your motorcycle. Passionate about beautiful mechanics, he is always keen to provide neat and quality services, in compliance with the rules of the art. This beautiful BMW R90S is a fine example

Thursday, November 24, 2022

1961 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Saloon

Launched in 1959, Mercedes-Benz W111 was quickly dubbed the Heckflosse—or tail fin—in its native Germany, in reference to the model’s smart styling. Business-like in appearance, the saloon would later be joined by more glamorous Paul Bracq-penned coupé and cabriolet variants, but it was the four-door that would prove most popular with buyers. And, curiously, with those of a motorsport bent. 
On paper, the Mercedes-Benz 220 was far from sporting. Its workaday 2.2-litre straight-six was no fireball, and it had to be rowed hard to overcome a not inconsiderable kerb weight of 1,334 kilograms. But in that weight lay strength, and the model became an unexpected hit on the rally stage, particularly in top-spec fuel-injected form. It proved just the tool for punishing long-distance events, winning the 1960 Rallye Monte-Carlo the 1961 Algiers-Cape Town trans-African Rally. Read more at :

Sunday, November 20, 2022

1969 Norton Commando 750


This Norton Commando 750 is an iconic 1960s motorcycle, which has been rebuilt as a period-correct café racer. Power comes from the 750cc twin-cylinder pushrod engine, coupled to a four-speed gearbox. This Commando was sold new in Sweden and subsequently imported to Finland in 2007, where it has been thoroughly refurbished and rebuilt as a café racer, including an overhaul of the engine and gearbox.  

Sold 8.500 € by Colllecting Cars in October 2022

Friday, November 18, 2022

Château Boulart in Biarritz


Château Boulart, a private residence in Biarritz rises to a height of sixty-three meters above sea level. Designed in the eclectic style that prevailed in the last quarter of the 19th century by the architect Joseph Louis Duc, it retains today all the architectural characteristics and the major decorative elements of the original build. The construction of the Villa was decided by Charles Boulart who bought in 1872 a plot of land of five hectares on the site of Biarritz.

In 1930, Château Boulart was occupied by the Notre-Dame de Sion institution, which opened a girls' college there (My Mom went there), then a girls' boarding school (with development and raising of the old gymnasium which would improperly become "Villa" Sion) , then a mixed college, until its sale in 1974. Little by little the domain which occupied five hectares was divided up and sold in lots, and the park was considerably reduced. Château Boulart was acquired by Pierre and Brigitte Delalonde at the end of 2015.