It’s usually a long time between builds from Deus’ L.A. workshop supremo Michael Woolaway—but they’re always worth the wait. Like this seriously hot rodded Harley cafe racer, the ‘Bel Air 1200 Framer.’ It’s got more curves than a racetrack, and enough grunt to spin the wheels at will.
“When I started this bike, I knew that my customer Peter wanted a copy of The American,” says Woolie. “But building a bike with a Harley motor is a big deal to me.”
“I have only done it once before, and I wanted to be proud of the American heritage. I thought about what that meant to me, and what I loved about American design, and it hit me—the 1957 Chevy Bel Air!”
Woolie’s owned a few Bel Airs over the years, and once had a shop in Hood River, Oregon, where he restored them—along with straight-axle Corvettes.…