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Starting the new year off with new forum in which I hope to learn what I can and share what I know with who ever. Got an early start with motorcycles (Grandfather started a Motorcycle Shop in 1932 with my Dad working with him, soon as he was old enough) I hoped to get in there also but, my Grandfather died when I was in the Air Force in 68' and "The Shop" died with him. It wasn't until about 10 yrs ago that I was able to start doing anything else with bikes. Hope you all's New Year is starting out well.

Later on, Bill
 

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Welcome Bill.

I try not to wish for other peoples lives (the grass is always greener etc.) but I must say growing up around a bike shop in the 50's and 60's sure sounds like a good beginning...

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Thanks for the welcome FR. It was</u> pretty cool growing up around motorcycles like that. Only thing I wish, is that I could have been there a bit earlier so that I could have better participated during the "Prime Time" of The Shop. From the start of The Shop til the end, they had (at one time or another) franchises for Indian (which included the 55'-59' Indian (rebadged Royal Enfields), Royal Enfield, AJS, Norton, Matchless, Vincent, BSA, Parilla and Jawa/CZ/ESO. I've got some more that I could tell but I don't want to bend you all's ears too much at any one time.<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

Later on, Bill:)<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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hey bill,
I noticed that Triumph didn't make the roster. Did your family race? and if so were gonna need to see pics of the Triumph/BSA/Norton etc. grudge matches. Welcome the the board. cheers, bcr
 

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pretty amazing huh!?!?!

see what happens when you have good directions.

tex

p.s.- i was at a diner in scranton and i fired up the laptop. now i'm sitting on the turnpike waiting for the firemen to put out the tractor trailer fire five miles ahead of me.



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Hey bfd, thanks for the response, I figure that you all have some pretty good stuff going here and I'd like to be part of that. I have several "Project Bikes" (some would call them "Parts Bikes" and some would be like my wife and call them "Junk"! <img src=icon_smile_dissapprove.gif border=0 align=middle> I've got a 63' CB77 305 Super Hawk, several 450DOHC (1 CL & 3 CB), a CB350F, a CB400F, a CB500K, 2 CB550K (a 77' & a 78'), a CB650C (mostly frame, forks,motor and wheels), a 79' CB750A & an 80' CB750K w/ a sidecar (Now I don't plan on Cafeing the sidecar!) I've GOT</u> some ideas that I've picked up here there and yonder. Thing is, you NEVER know what you're going to pick up and where you're going to get them.

Hey Tex. Actually the motorcycle shop was called,
"Van Pelt & Son Indian Motorcycle Sales & Service (originally)
Most folks who frequented it, called it simply, "The Shop".
 

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hey bill,
I noticed that Triumph didn't make the roster. Did your family race? and if so were gonna need to see pics of the Triumph/BSA/Norton etc. grudge matches. Welcome the the board. cheers, bcr
Hey bcr. Well, the reason I didn't mention Triumphs was because, my Grandfather managed to buy out the small BSA dealership in Little Rock (which included the Parilla and Jawa/CZ/ESO franchises) and we were always competing against the Triumph Dealer in Little Rock. As far as racing goes, there was some Scrambles racing back then and an endurance type event through the woods that my Grandfather and my Dad participated in and some misc other events. Sadly, I only have access to one picture of my Dad in an Endurance event on a 175 Jawa Scrambler.




Now, I do have a couple of me drag racing on a dirt track in Japan in 1968 on a 66' CB72 250 Hawk (with a slightly warmed up motor). I beat the Suzuki Dirt bike but barely got beat by a CL77 305 Scrambler.




 

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From one new guy to another, nice way to start the New Year. As a kid that must've been an eyefull, at least you got to see it.

Leo
Yeah, I really got an education in that place and around those bikes and the guys who rode them. <img src=icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>


Hey Fuzzy, Thanks, it IS good to be here.<img src=icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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it's funny....a lot of my favorite people on other message boards seem to wander over here.
I find some of the forums by chance and some by others referencing me to them. I've made some pretty cool friends on these forums too!

Thanks to all who've made me feel welcome here.
 

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Bill, I'm totally diggin this, no question. I think those early run what you brung hare scrambles are just cool as hell and there is nothing wrong with a dirt strip especially when beer and homemade trophies are at stake. thanks again for posting up, cheers bcr
 
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