Memorial Day Run. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. 1966 by Danny Lyon.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Trent Parke
Statement from Danny Lyon on the back of print Memorial Day Run. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. 1966
"It was a long time ago. Parked down in a Hyde Park alley was my motorcycle - a 1956 Triumph with a single carburetor which other University of Chicago students had put together out of parts that had been stored in five-pound coffee cans. It had a black gas tank, a knobby tire on the front, no front fender, and no headlight or muffler. The explosions of the 650cc engine went straight out the exhaust pipe that ran along the side. From the first-floor apartment I rented on Woodlawn Avenue, i could step out of the back door of the kitchen, down the gray wooden steps, and walk across the alley to where I parked it. It was heavy, over four hundred pounds, and I held it upright as I threw my leg across the long black seat, then jumped into the air, coming down with all my weight onto the kickstart. As it started, with a deafening roar, I twisted the throttle, pushing down the gearshift with the toes of my left foot and releasing the clutch with my left hand. The motorcycle leapt to life, and I rolled out of the alley and into the streets of history"
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