Scallops are a fifties thing, right? Larry Watson and those guys? Kustom kulture? Yes and no.
When Jimmy – who had saved his wages at the lumberyard and was now proud owner of a secondhand Harley VL – wanted to make his bike stand out, custom paint was high on his list. He'd already cut down his fenders – like the racers of the day – but what else said 'fast'?
Early '30s Gee Bee Model R Super Sportster racing 'planes did; and what about those glorious Crocker motorcycles (made from '36 to '41) – the manufacturer offered a refund to any owner beaten by a Harley or an Indian! Jimmy could never afford one – but wow! And what did these kings of the sky and the road feature on their paintwork?