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  1. May have been, but I think a guy named Mike Mayberry started it in Lufkin, Texas. Not sure what year though. '79 may have been correct. Also manufacturing rights may still belong to Mike and/or Bernie. All I know is they were being manufactured, marketed, and the factory teams were being managed by Charles Bruce post '82. Hope this helps...Brock
  2. By far the fastest, funnest track in the state of Texas! Loved racing there...
  3. Sorry all my rebel pics are of me..that's all I have..LOL I believe this is a 10,000 point award..photo Dave...I believe your right. And it would have been in Chandler, Arizona at the Winter Nationals. That was when we both received our 10,000 point club plaques in 1983 for the 1982 season, which in the day was the most coveted ABA points award to hold, except for #1 National Amatuer or #1 Pro. Chasing points was the name of the game back then. Hitting a race every night of the week and 2-3 on on Saturdays and Sundays. Also the Texas Tour was a big tour of Texas and surrounding states where we went on the road for 6 weeks racing every day...I remember spending tons of time with guys like Steve Veltman, Jim Chankin, Monte Gray, Don Johle, Racer Yoeman, DD Leone, Cody Smart, Richard Lamb, BA Anderson, Bingo Pashia, etc...Just to name a few Texas guys, traveling the circuits...Those were the days. Funny you mention the Texas tour....look at this hoopty mirror..trophy thing..1982 Yep...I have a few of those laying around moms place somewhere too...
  4. That was not the Rebel Team, but numerous local supporters. I have confirmed this was taken at River City BMX in San Antonio circa'81. Eddie is in the pic in the front row 4th from right. Also I know for sure that was Eddie's dad in the pic sitting top left. We rode together for a couple of years before he went to Skyway.
  5. Just posted the Rebel Ti-Mini. Check it out and let me know your thoughts....
  6. Did you ever find those photos? I would like to see them...Brock
  7. Sorry all my rebel pics are of me..that's all I have..LOL I believe this is a 10,000 point award..photo Dave...I believe your right. And it would have been in Chandler, Arizona at the Winter Nationals. That was when we both received our 10,000 point club plaques in 1982 for the 1981 season, which in the day was the most coveted ABA points award to hold, except for #1 National Amatuer or #1 Pro. Chasing points was the name of the game back then. Hitting a race every night of the week and 2-3 on on Saturdays and Sundays. Also the Texas Tour was a big tour of Texas and surrounding states where we went on the road for 6 weeks racing every day...I remember spending tons of time with guys like Steve Veltman, Jim Chankin, Monte Gray, Don Johle, Racer Yoeman, DD Leone, Cody Smart, Richard Lamb, BA Anderson, Bingo Pashia, etc...Just to name a few Texas guys, traveling the circuits...Those were the days.
  8. Here is the original Rebel Titanium Mini. One of only a few made in Titanium and the Ti models were only owned by factory riders. This mini design was marketed under Blazer Racing and the Rebel Racing name as a Chromoly frame only. Several of the younger factory riders rode GT's re-stickered with Rebel, because they did not like the geometric design of the Blazer mini, that the Rebel was based from, but once this design was made, all younger riders sponsored by Rebel rode these titanium models. To name a couple of those riders, Mike Wheelock & Trevor Tully rode for Rebel for a number of years on those frames. Little bit of history...Blazer Racing was the original company and in 1981 Bernie Anderson and Roland Chankin spun off to start Rebel Racing Products Corp with a ABA sanctioned endorsement, but was marketed and later owned later owned by Charles Bruce from Houston. Rebel was originally started in San Antonio, Texas in 1981, but moved to Houston, Texas in late 1982. I still own this bike who was ridden by Factory Rider Trevor Tully from 1983 - 1985. As you can see this bike was never painted because they did not know how to finish titanium back then and since it was resistant to rust, the titanium bikes were just set up as is. Hope you enjoy seeing this bit of Rebel history.
  9. The Fluorescent Orange frame was my personal frame for one national race in Waterford Oaks, Michigan in the summer of '82. This was the only Fluorescent Orange Rebel in existence, because I painted it myself, as you can probably tell by the horrible quality of the paint job. I only used it one race, because this bike was bad luck for me. I dislocated my shoulder in the main and was knocked unconscious in a second straight wreck with me and Doug Davis (DB), who was one of my biggest and well respected rivals for years. This race was documented on ESPN and I had numerous people ask about the orange frame after it aired on ESPN. I have been trying to find a copy of that tape for years, if anyone knows how to locate it. The only copy I had was on a Betamax tape, that deteriorated. But the orange frame was off the hook! Just could not bring myself to ace it again....
  10. That is an original loop tail Rebel mini. They were never marketed. The minis were only available to factory riders and/or factory support. This generation was never marketed to the public because of their tendency to break at the neck. It was only a select few that broke, but Rebel "minis" had a bad reputation because of this. It was due to a small batch (20 or so) that was made with some bad chromoly tubing in a shop in Phoenix. I own a Titanium mini that is probably one of the only still in existence. I will try to get some pics posted for your viewing.
  11. You bet! David Lambert sent me the link. Which you can also get good info from him or his dad, David Sr. on Rebl and the history. He lives out in Cali now days...
  12. Maybe my dad was telling me there was no Rebel mini because it sucked...and he didn't want me on it. I will find out. Brock had several race bikes over the years...he did tell me the other day about that one. David is right on the GT's. The only actual mini's back then were Blazer's out of the same machine shop, until the Titanium Rebel mini was made. I have the only one that I know of still in existence and it is not painted because you could not chrome or paint titanium. It was not until my dad fully took over Rebel and Blazer did they make their own Mini's and Cruiser's. The team used GT's Mini's and Cruisers with Rebel stickers until about '83. The only actual rebels were the Rebel Johnny Reb (Mid-size) and the General Lee (Full Size) 20" frame.
  13. Hey guy's...Shot 2 and 3 above were in Plano at the NBL War of the Stars Nationals in Plano, Texas (Actually AA Pro Don Johle's home track formally of Raleigh Racing). Also that is Ted Warkow in the Blazer uniform behind me in shot two and Trey Brannon's arm to the right in the rebel jersey, who was also a Factory Rebel rider from the Dallas area, who rode for Factory Schwinn before joining our team. Blazer racing was also a related team in which the bikes were made by the same machine shop as Rebel and Rebel was a spin off from them 1981. However Rebel became much bigger due to the amount marketing and involvement from ABA Founder Merle Mennenga in Rebel Racing and Bernie Anderson & Roland Chankin, who originally both started Rebel Racing. Charles Bruce, my father, ended up with ownership of both companies due to reasons I am not completely clear on, but I do know he was responsible for all marketing of Rebel and took it to Europe and Australia, where it was much bigger down under than here. However Rebel was a viable bike manufacturer until around 1988.
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