Saturday, November 29, 2014

Randy Gervais Smith

Here's another cool photo from the Randy Smith memorial page.
 I can't help but see a resemblance to Ricky Gervais.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dick Allen's Cobra Trike with Roth

Here's a post for fans of Dick Allen or Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.

As many of you know Ed Roth and Dick Allen collaborated on selling Cobra Trike kits. Here's a couple of old photos of Dick's trike at a show with Big Daddy himself.
Roth hanging loose with some cat called Lovely Lenny

I'm guessing that Dick made his own show card. Check the spelling of "Crome", and Trik's at the bottom. Also, note the kit body with seat to the right as well as Roth's California Cruiser in the background.

Photos are from Puttie's and Connie's photo album via Joe Hurst.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Von Randy

I've known of Randy Smith since about 1970 and that he sometimes did pin striping and art like on Doc Holiday's Witch which was first featured in Choppers magazine. (Click the Randy Smith label to find it). What I didn't know was how much he was influenced by Von Dutch.

 Randy's pin stripe caddy could easily be mistaken for a Von Dutch and even includes the slogan "World's Best Striper".

 His photo album not only features some Von Dutch inspired art but also has some German.

Randy striping at a car show in 1959. Note the beatnik look he's sporting.

Even his cartoons remind me of Von Dutch's. I think these were done for Cycletoons.

Now looking back I can see the Dutch in the way Randy built bikes. 

All photos are from the Randy Smith Memorial Facebook page.