When Hugh Mackie left his native Scotland for a new life in New York City, the British motorcycle industry had just been declared dead. "In the middle 1980s, about the last thing anybody wanted was an old Triumph, Norton or BSA. People thought the Japanese bikes were faster, cooler and more reliable, so you really didn't see too many of the old Britbikes on the roads," he said, his brogue still thicker than 40-weight on a cold winter morning. Mackie, a graduate of the Glasgow Art School, was fresh from a gig building movie sets in France when he arrived in New York's gritty Lower East Side. A lifelong motorcycle fanatic, he soon found himself missing the boom and rattle of the beloved British parallel-twins he'd seen zooming through the Scottish countryside in his youth. A few classified ads later, he was deluged with phone calls from riders who'd tucked away old Triumph Bonnevilles and BSA Gold Stars in garages and forgotten about them. "There was nobody around fixing up these old bikes, and after I restored a few into running condition, riders started coming by asking if I'd build one for them," he said. "I always knew the classic British bikes had a following in New York. They just needed someone to help keep them alive."