Thursday, February 26, 2009

Whats in a Name

"The Giant" "The Brute," "The Giant Killer" "The Beauty" "The Monster" "The Beast" "The Gorilla" "The Thing" "Quarter Horse" "Barn Job" "the Turnip Eater" "The Hog Slayer" ....all of these were names of motorcycles from the early days of drag racing. Great names.... great bikes; many of them legendary. Seems that the drag bikes of today rarely get a name. That's a shame, I think, for it added a little personality to an otherwise cold chunk of metal.

Keeping tradition in mind, it would only make sense that if one were to build a nostalgia drag bike, they should name it. Of course one would not want to take one of those renowned names from yesteryear, at least not on purpose. No, what a person needs is a good period correct name for a period correct drag bike. More to the point, since I am building a nostalgia drag bike, I need to find a suitable name for it.

Now, if you have been following the saga of my vintage style drag bike build, you may remember I have already named it "Vinnie," short for "Vintage Drag Bike." And while that is a perfectly good "working title," it never was meant to be the kind of name you would paint on a gas tank. In fact, "Vinnie" sounds more like a name that would be attached to the vintage rider than to the vintage drag bike. So, I am going to be forced to appeal to you, my three or four regular readers, to come up with suggestions for a good nostalgic name for a good nostalgic drag bike.

So far Jane and I have come up with two possibles. One is "The Vulture" and the other is "Greased Lightening," but I am certainly open to suggestions. I may even be able to come up with a T-shirt or similar prize for anyone who submits a name that I use. So tell me .... what would be a good name for a nostalgia drag bike, 1950's style?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Lee, How about the "Knuckle Buster"
Paul

Anonymous said...

Just thought of another one Lee, How about the "KNUCKLE DRAGGER", you know kinda like an old Neanderthal drag racer? (Just for the record I'm referring to the bike not you!)
Paul

St.Lee said...

Hey Paul, those are a couple great suggestions. I especially like KNUCKLE DRAGGER. Consider yourself in the lead at this point!

Anonymous said...

I also opened this to suggest knuckledragger - looks like its a popular idea! I envision a "Big Daddy" Roth-esque character with typical grotesque features, drooling and snarling, displaying a good deal of menace.
I think it fits, since the bike itself is a bit of a throwback. But I don't know if its already been done.

Ralph

St.Lee said...

Ralph, that is just about what I pictured when I first heard the name.
Regards,
Lee

Anonymous said...

I am building a '41 Knuckle. I was going to call it "Bloody Knuckles", I just an idea.

Mike

St.Lee said...

Mike, if I was a Brit, I think that would be a bloody good name.

Speaking of names for a Knuckle drag bike, my last drag bike was named "The White Knuckle Express." Get it?

Anonymous said...

I like that!!!

Mike

Sergio said...

Lee,

"Knuckle Sandwich" is my entry, because if you can deliver one, you are TOPS.

OR

you can use "Knuckle Down"
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/knuckle-down.html
because you have been doin'WORK on this project.

- Sergio

Anonymous said...

Low Life because when ya dragin ya gotta keep the nubers low from Eazy

Anonymous said...

"Wind Burn Express"
"Savage Knuckle"
"Knuckled Down"
"Tree Splitter"



Billy