We Gave This Tank Away for FREE
written and photographed by Jeremy Constantineau
If you don't already know, Freedom Machine is a motorcycle show hosted at Frontier Ghost Town every year.
As they put it themselves, "Freedom Machine Show is a grassroots, all-makes-and-models vintage custom motorcycle show. We showcase some of Canada's best-known builders of vintage styled custom choppers, cafe racers, bobbers and trackers at Frontier Ghost Town, located just north of the town of Durham, Ontario."
This year, we decided to sponsor the event by donating a custom painted, retro style TC Bros peanut tank to be raffled off to a lucky winner. The idea for the tank was to go all-out and make an eye catching giveaway item rather than something toned down and simple. To do this, we started with a gold-flake base coat before spraying red candy and blue candy coats on top.
Between these coats, the tape lines must be carefully peeled away to reveal new areas to be painted. All-in-all it's about fifteen very long and meticulous steps to complete the design you see here.
To finish everything and tie the design together, we added some green and purple pinstriping with 1shot sign paint. The heavy flake, vibrant candy colours, and pinstriping gave the tank the vintage-chopper-style we were aiming for.