Here's a photo I shot of Taco Bill's mini bike collection at the Mooneyes Rat Fink Reunion back in 1997.The Roth Trike Body in the background was an extra bonus. $250 what a deal! The For Sale lettering on the body looks like Big Daddy might have written it. After all, he was in attendence that day.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Angel Marc and his Pan circa 1967.
Hun's at the wall behind Taco Bell in Hermosa Beach. Left to Right: Marc, Lindsey, Dishpan Dave, Filthy Frank, Nez with Copper up front.
One story was left out of Marc's email which will be included in a future post.
Joe Hurst always says the history of the South Bay Chopper really can't start without the tales of Marc and his brothers at that time. Therefore, my thanks goes out to Marc for sharing this history.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Most of you have probably heard of Von Dutch's XAVW (the VW powered motorcycle once featured on American Pickers), but may not know this part of it's history. It seems that Von Dutch might have been disappointed with the results, so took it apart and sold or traded it to Ed Roth. Randy Smith, an admirer of Von Dutch, bought it as a basket case from Roth and put it back together.
Volksworks.com said Randy moved to Tennessee taking the XAVW with him where it sat in a barn for 30 or so years. Thanks to MC art reader (Doc), he says it was actually Tom Burke who took it to Tennesse.
Many people credit Mike Wolf for saving this incredible piece of Von Dutch's work, but if it wasn't for Randy Smith, it might have never been saved in the first place.
The article below from Custom Chopper magazine dated May '71 does not mention Roth, but several sources state that his name is still on the registration/title.