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Author Topic: Beachcomber's Tales from the day  (Read 178836 times)

Offline Hoofhearted

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #60 on: Nov 29, 2010, 22:20:00 »
Great story BC!   If you ever get over this way you'd be more than welcome.
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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #61 on: Nov 29, 2010, 22:32:44 »
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we could see that the “flip up” visor had in fact flipped down – hit him in the mouth and neatly given him a virtual ear to ear grin. As he tried to talk, his ripped cheeks just flapped around.

OMG, this hurts just thinking about it. I know that's all you guys had at the time but why anyone would wear a helmet like this now so they can look "vintage" is just beyond me.
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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #62 on: Nov 30, 2010, 06:36:29 »
On the subject of helmets.............................

I always wore one, even from my riding in the woods and trails from the age of 13 onwards.

However, if I needed ANY persuasion it came when I was 19 /20.

I belonged to a local motorcycle club, where there were a good selection of riders - but mainly younger [ loonies ]. We had one ancient guy [ must have been at least 30 ! ] who tried to pass on as much of his wisdom as possible in an effort to keep us out of hospital. He ALWAYS wore a helmet - albeit a "puddin' basin" style.

Anyway, one day at the clubhouse matey [ Don ] runs out of fags - at the end of the road [ 150 yds ] was a general shop selling ciggies. SO he jumps on his Ariel Huntmaster ready to set off to the shop. After catcalls of "Lazy bugger - walk" and similar, someone shouts "Where's your helmet".

"Ah, just going down the road " says Don.

He duly goes to said shop while we all stood and watched - actually listened, as his Huntmaster was done up like a Rocket Gold Star and sounded georgeous.

Out from the shop - fag in mouth. Hits the kickstarter, but his other foot slipped off the pavement edge [ kerb ]. Don does a Monty Python and falls gently to the side. - raising howls of laughter from the boys. Anyway - 5 minutes later and Don hasn't moved. "Ah fuckit he's playing with us" and all back into the clubhouse. 10 minutes later and still no sign of Don. Hmmm, better check this out, maybe he's stuck under the bike.

We all walked down - shouting abuse at him - and still no response. When we got there - he was stone dead as a result of hitting his temple on the kerbstone.. That as an accident at zero mph [ as far as the bike was concerened].

After that ALL the lads wore helmets ALL the time.
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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #63 on: Nov 30, 2010, 08:07:54 »
Footnote to the helmet saga - as soon as The "Everoak Racemaster " was available [ 90 shillings or £4.10s in old money ] I bought one ! That was in the early / mid 60's [?]. What would today be termed an open face helmet, it was the canines cajones in the day, very comfortable with kid leather lining.
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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #64 on: Nov 30, 2010, 22:04:06 »
beachcomber... amazing story there!

and the second one... so sad, but thats life i guess. remember men, helmets. ALWAYS.


hoof! you got me there man! good point. ill take your words to heart, as i have all the others you have given me. thank you.
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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #65 on: Nov 30, 2010, 23:20:45 »
When I started riding in 1960 I didn't wear a helmet.  A friend got hit by a car but he was wearing a helmet.  Not that that helped his broken leg and collarbone.  At some point his head and a tire made contact.  His helmet had a lovely tire mark across part of it.  But no head injuries.  After that I never went anywhere without wearing a helmet.

I've managed to hold onto some of the helmets I've had.  The pudding bowl on the left I bought in '67.  


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« Last Edit: Dec 01, 2010, 00:53:04 by Hoofhearted »
El Mirage record 500 APS/PG 129.817
El Mirage record 500 SC/PG   122.240
El Mirage record 500 SC/PF    120.157
Bonneville record 500 SC/PG  119.667
Bonneville record 500 SC/PF   117.186
Bonneville record 500 SC/PBG  111.494
Bonneville record 500 SC/PBF   112. 600
Bonneville record 650 SC/PF   128.703
El Mirage  record  650 SC/PG   130.224

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #66 on: Dec 01, 2010, 07:03:56 »
Great story BC!   If you ever get over this way you'd be more than welcome.

Thanx for that Hoof - at some stage before I pop my clogs, I need to visit an old pal of mine in California - whereabouts are you?

My friend is a guy called Keith Harvie who I was in business with in the UK and then he went to the US to set up what became one of the biggest speed shops in the States - Performance Automotive Wharehouse - or PAW as it was known.

Keith and I started up the speed shop "Americar" in the UK - his money, my brains [ ha,ha ]. We ran one of the biggest US Speedshops here in the UK for a number of years until Keith decided he'd had enough of our English weather!

I went on to found my own Speedshop - "Muscle City", specialising in Muscle Cars [ no surprise with that name! ] - and especially Mustangs and Vettes.

Ahhhhhhhhh - more Rose tinted goggles.
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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #67 on: Dec 01, 2010, 08:30:52 »
Come on guys, must be more BOF's out there besides me and Hoof !!!

OK - one more before Christmas - I'll be signing off for some chill time in Saxony and may well be too pissed to write anything coherent!

It'll be "The Crispy Daimler Dart" - sometime in the next week or so. Also, I'll re-write the "Fishing for Gold Stars" as the original left out many side plots.
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" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #68 on: Dec 01, 2010, 11:06:28 »
Hoof, just re-read the thread and noticed that you are in Riverside.

I know the area reasonably well as I spent some time in the late 70's / early 80's on business trips to the region.

Handy for me as you're not too far from my pal Keith.
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" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

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Re: Beachcomber's Tales from the day
« Reply #69 on: Dec 02, 2010, 03:22:38 »
Ive never met the guy, probably never will. I keep hearing stories about how Carroll Shelby thinks rather well of him self and likes to distort historical facts about the work done around him to better reflect on himself. Can you shed some light on this?

Also, how does one find himself in the position of building cars and professional race cars for that matter such as your self?

 
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