Photo: Joe Hurst, Shenanigans: CK
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Last Saturday there was a party at Steve Sharp's that only happened because of the luck of timing. Steve ran into Dick Allen's daughter Darcy at Sturgis. He didn't know her and she didn't know him. She just pulled over to check out Steve's and Robert's bikes because they looked like South Bay Choppers. Darcy said to Steve, "you probably never heard of him, but my dad was Dick Allen".
In the last few years Darcy had left some comments on the blog but everybody I asked didn't know Dick had a daughter and wondered, was she for real?
Darcy told Steve she had been trying to find out as much as possible about her dad and mentioned traveling the country to get info on him. Steve told her don't waste your time, the best thing to do is come to the South Bay since some of his old friends are still around.
I met Darcy a few days before the party and found out that her parents divorced when she was very young and soon after Dick left for California. This explained why no one knew of her.
To my surprise Darcy had a photo copy of a fragile old photo of Dick on the chrome bike from about 1966. She also had a scrap book of info she found on the internet. I was happy to find it included a lot of history from this blog.
Darcy's visit to the South Bay was a great reason to get some of the old gang together plus five birthdays were celebrated.
A few bikes showed up like Steve and Carla's his and her's choppers (another Steve).
Get a group of gearheads together and half will party in the grange.
A BIG THANKS goes out to Steve for putting it all together!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
This is probably the only other remaining photo of the chrome frame while it was still a Panhead with XL forks and the black sulky front wheel.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Noot's comment in a previous post prompted this photo
You can't see them but there's nine Harleys in this photo... what's the space in the middle for?... the shovelhead dresser was rolled out... and this is only about two thirds of the garage.
What's in your Garage?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Here's some photos of the chrome frame bike's progress from last Jan. and Feb. I did post a shot of Joe riding it at Kern river in May but never posted these.
I case you never quite got the connection, this is the same frame, rear fender, fuel tank, and seat pan that Dick Allen used on the Knucklehead in the post below. This bike has been through so many changes over the last 47 years. It truly lives up to the chopper motto, "Done but never Done."
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
Besides just choppers, there are always an interesting mix of other machines.
About as nice as they get.
Someone is having fun.
This original paint '63 was for sale. It's worn finish looks like it was begining to be sanded? It also has some recently applied ugly pink pinstripes to the tops of the fenders.
Since I own a '70 I had to get a shot of this one still in original paint.
Like last year I spent much of the day hanging out with Dr. Sprocket, Craig Taylor and the guys from the Los Angeles chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. Craig heads up the group and organizes the swap meet section of Born-Free.
An original paint '71 was also for sale. It has a few mods and looked a bit rougher in person. I know original paint bikes are desirable but don't think anyone is ready to shell out $15K for a cone shovel in this one's condition just yet.
The owner of this '68 thought he had an original paint bike. I hated to pop his bubble and Todd confirmed my opinion.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Here's the second batch of Invited Builders bikes. There's probably really no needed to post them since they have been all over the internet but what the hell.Sunday's give away bike was Todd Asin's Knuckle. For me, it was the bike to win.
As does Jason Sheets' VL Panhead.
Two time Born-Free winner Caleb Owens displayed his resurrected Uncle Sam chopper. After suffering a wreck, It was more of a personal thing than anything else.
Pete Mason's '55 Panhead was another bike heavy with '60s influences.
Kevin Bass' 1940 UL Flathead was done up very similar in style to his last year Best Panhead winner. I guess he knows what he likes.
Jesse Basset's '44 Knuckle in a VL. The seat, forks, bars, stance and other fine details gives it a rather British look I must say.
Subtle, elegant or classic might be words to describe Jordan Dickinson's 93" S&S Knucklehead.
That's the "Invited Builders" bikes I shot. Sorry no photos of bikes by Wes White, Jason Phares, and Paul Cox.
One last thing. As I overheard spectators discussing which bike they would choose. It became clear that more than a few failed to realize that not all of the Invited Builders Bikes were up for grabs with a winning ticket. The participating bikes had a yellow "win this bike" tag on their show plaque.