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  1. Thought this had disappeared, but this linked worked. It was fun doing this! https://youtu.be/5tYt-0AwE_g
  2. These are the “finds” that dreams are made of. Congrats!
  3. As I walk back into the final phase of my personal collecting, I know the only pieces/parts that I truly desire to have, must be real. To me, real means original. If you create something new that mimics the original item and appears in the same market place where I am shopping for that original vintage item, please let me know it is not original. To delianate a reproduction from an original takes only a small consideration. Anything less is an inconsiderate obfuscation at the very least and a blatant intent to defraud at best. Repoopers who don’t disclose their wares as copies, are like pedophiles walking the high school halls with our children.
  4. This is 100% absolutely jaw-dropping, mind numbing (add your own superlative/hyperbole), the most incredible story and bike!!! For my generation, this is a vital and concrete link from one of the founding fathers of American BMX, A fundamental connection from the first truely dedicated off road forks and frames ever made, to the undeniable progenitor of the cruiser class/ mountain bike sized conclusion to first generation BMX bicycles ever produced in America. ⭐
  5. Another great contributor to the earliest growth of American BMX History has left us. Like Skip Hess, Dan Gurney had indelible markings on our history. Being of similar backgrounds, it always amazed me how both men used auto racing sensibilities to elevate the equipment kids needed during the Golden Age of Southern California BMX innovations. I remember Chuck Smith from BMX Products saying they used design elements of Dan Gurney frames as the inspiration for the very first Mongoose frames. RIP Sir and thank you for your incredible contributions to American BMX History.
  6. So sad to hear that Randy has passed away. He was easily one of the coolest guys I knew in this scene. In fact, it was Randy who led me to join this site. We had countless hours of great conversation regarding all the good stuff... He had recently sent me some messages on FB and never mentioned a word about how sick he really was (although I knew from one of his friends). What a frickin' loss. He was a mountain of old school knowledge and contributed heavily to the racing scene up until his final days. RIP my friend.
  7. Thanks Steve. This picture was taken in the spring of 1976 and it was less than a year that the Mongoose had been in full production as a complete bike. This is the first complete one ever shipped outside the USA (it went to me in Canada). When discussing this with Skip Hess at his home a few years ago, he told me that he had not received a commercial export license yet, so he arranged with my father to have it shipped to a location near the US/Canadian border and my father simply drove down and smuggled it back across in the trunk of his car. That would have been our old family Buick because I remember jumping for joy while he was taking it out of the trunk in our driveway... It was completely disassembled in a box and I vividly remember putting it all together with him on his huge workbench as if it was yesterday.
  8. How do I post pics again? I forgot... Want to post apic of the first Motomags ever exported outside the USA.
  9. JU was a hero to me in my youth. Minicycle BMX Action and then into Bicycle Motocross... American hero.
  10. If you study the two frames from that era (LJM and Webco), you can clearly see the beautiful hybrid in the late 75' Mongoose.
  11. Chuck Smith of BMX Products personally told me that the original Mongoose frame built by Hoppy Brooks was designed after Little John Murphy and Webco. Ain't that a fact.
  12. So badass, so 70's... "He's a trials man." Classic. So many skills required in trials, lend themselves straight to flatland skills. Ken Dodge is a pioneer. Posts like these are why I love this site.
  13. So happy to see this thread! It's been a while... Now I'm 51!!! Ha! Happy to report I now bike to my office everyday. Just shy of 50 miles per week. I ride my 26" Phat Urban Assault with an internal 7 speed Nexus Hub. Not BMX per say, but still riding a lot.
  14. A giant chunk of BMX history has gone. Gone with the early departure of a unique human being who succumbed to a disease that can break anyone. Thank you Scot for influencing and amplifying my linterests in life as a youth. Few have done such a thing for so many.
  15. There will never be an end to old school BMX. If it had happened before written or electronic history maybe, but no, it cannot ever end as it is preserved perfectly in all its digitally enhanced chronological beauty, right here on the interweb. It's like asking will people ever forget Rock n Roll? Not unless we forget/ignore the history of music.... So, will we ever completely forget old school BMX and its histrionics? Not as long as there is the history of the bicycle. Has the collecting fascination peaked for certain eras? Of course, but that ebb and flow is only normal within the prime years of any collection peak for any given commodity. In the big picture, the value of old school BMX histrionics and the reverence for physical goods of the corresponding epoch can never be dismissed. Its already been made permanent in our history as humans.That fact alone will always maintain its value.
  16. Great points Steve, fully understood. All good here, sorry for any unnecessary diversions from such a great historical contribution to the site. Please carry on.
  17. How does an Aussie end up with Russ Okawa's archival pictures of this iconic American company? I know I was the one who introduced you to Skip Hess and how he ended up giving you a bunch of stuff based upon my recommendation and reference, but please explain how you acquired Mr. Okawa's archival pictures. Thanks.
  18. Something about the Redline Squareback frames... So Motocross and of course that nickel... Like the old Mongoose stuff too, it's all so badass 70's BMX I still get excited seeing them. Nice pickup my friend.
  19. IMO, when people sell shit, their focus is primarily about getting cash rather than the personal ethics of the buyer they are selling to and in turn, the destination of their goods. True archivists rarely sell. It's a rich man's hobby. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivist