For those of you who fought the rain, kept the spirits high and left the house today to join in on at the jam it was pretty damn good. Amazing turn out, about 80+ people tuned in and it started at Five Bridges because we all know how much the English weather loves to flip out now and again.. Preparation had been going for the days and weeks leading up to the jam by the NSFYC and crew, building new lines at the Wastey, getting the place cleaned right up and ready for today and then it rained hard over night but the guys left Bridges early to sweep up the puddles and before you knew it the session was on. Read more
It all went down last night, Newrick’s Super Monaco, T2S and the NSFYC2 vid all dropped on the big screen at the Companions Social Club up in Newcastle. People from around the UK had popped up for the party, the place was full, the pints were a unbelievable £2.40 hence lots of sore heads the next day and the venue couldn’t have been better for what was about to go down. Now I don’t know when Newrick’s video will be hitting the net or VHS or whatever fancy format these kids love to release things on these days but when it does become available it’s worth the watch. It’s got a real mix tape feel, it’s short and sweet, lots of good riding packed into 10-15 min edit, featuring some great riding from our locals; Olly Olsen, Cookie, The Count and of course Mr Newrick with a few guest appearances from Newrick’s mates from around the UK.
Both the T2S edit and Super Monaco had lots of old references to NSF days gone by with clips from The Unknown and NSF2 which kept everyone cheering from start to finish. Cookie’s T2S had a sick intro/first section and rolled out for about 10 minutes, can’t wait to see it again on the net when its out.
FInally and also first up last night was the NSFYC offering “NSFYC2” (aptly named) featuring all the youth from around the Toon and also featuring the Gateshead Wheelie Crew (GWC) who are currently having a Facebook off with the YC to see who is bigger and badder. Both of them in my eyes ruled and for your viewing pleasure and only one month late is the NSFYC2 vid.. enjoy!
I just started back at work after finishing my PhD in June, so I put together all the remaining clips I got over the last few years that haven’t seen the light of day. One of the reasons I did the PhD was so I could ride more, but I’d always feel like I should be working if I took I day off so I never really enjoyed it, and riding on your own is not much fun anyway. So I think I’ll probably get to ride almost as much now I’ve got a proper job, and I’ll get paid. Also, my hairdresser always used to stop talking to me once I told him I was a student so it’ll be nice to chat to him I suppose.
Anyway, this is leftovers from Grey Haven intermingled with a few random clips that I’ve picked up and a side order of self filmed moves that I couldn’t in good conscience put anyone through filming.
Just saw this via Cookie. I knew that Jim had been filming for a while on a new project, he’s always got his footager out with him, the trusty VX1000 and his latest addition to the team the VX1 (Hi8 3CCD camera). This is looking so sick, it’s only a 46 second trailer but i’ve already watched it twice and no doubt will watch it a few more times.. Buzzing!
Can’t wait for the premier, keep your eyes and ears peeled over here for more updates or check out Jim’s Grey Haven Tumblr
Hearing that Marc Bell was getting back into riding a couple of years ago was some of the best BMX news i’d heard in ages! Marc was a legend in the North East, he had shut down rails that even at today’s standards would still not be approached by most. The most memorable rail of his era was the gap to rail at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park which you can see at the beginning of his shared section with Rob Strong in NSF2 after the photo.
Within weeks of Marc getting back into riding he was out eyeing up stuff he’d spotted in the past. We went to this spot over in Jarrow which had a meaty rail one side that he’d already done years ago and a possible hop over into a bank on the other. The bank was about as thin as this photo shows and I had to make a quick exit to clear the path for him once he’d chucked the Geoff’s. I had always wanted to get some decent photos of Marc and finally the chance was in front of me.
Marc Bell, Barspin rail hop, Jarrow, 2008
Rob Strong and Marc Bell in NSF 2
A simple double peg down one of the most famous rails in England, Ponds Forge. This rail has been documented on and within the covers of Ride UK for years but was also seen in such classic videos as NSF2 (Joe section), Voices and Tomorrow We Work. This shot of Joe was taken almost eleven years ago while a bunch of rowdy northerners were on a visit to Sheffield to catch up, ride and get drunk with old friends. There was a strong crew out that trip and if you hit “read more” you’ll be able to see a great group photo of everyone who came down for the trip.
Here’s our first bike check with The Make BMX rider Martin “Cookie” Cook. He’s been riding hard up and down stairs and clipping every curb in a furious attempt to get a pinch flat with these new Animal tyres he’s been running but they still are holding up. Is this the end of pinch flats? Read on to find out what else he’s running and some photos of all the details, including his amazing hand painted graphics that he did repping his sponsors.
Ah memories, good times, crazy parties and embarrassing photos where people say “did I used to look like that?”. This was Buff House two point ohhh back when DFTU had started, NSF 3 was getting filmed for, BuFF Zine was getting printed and road trips were a-plenty. See if you can recognise anyone in the photo, it was taken on 2nd October 2004 at Holmslice Place in NE6, that was some time ago. Steve had just finished brewing the Vinnie Sammon brew and beer bongs were on the menu for that night, I can’t remember what we were doing that night, probably going out in town as the NE6 massiv or something. God knows…
Around the time that this photo was taken Newrick and Carmine went about making the epic promo for NSF 3, check it out below:
The NSF Road Trip 2005, this group shot was taken eight years ago come June, fresh faced, some dodgy poses, plenty of good memories from an awesome trip with a bunch of lads from the North East. The road trip went a little something like this Newcastle – Eastbourne – Brighton – Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Sheffield – Leeds (Lambrini Jam) and back to Newcastle. Check out the gallery from the trip after the jump.