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I received this frame (serial #548) from Blazer BMX Racing owner Mike Maberry. The frame was professionally restored by Chris Mallett and Red-D Bikes from San Antonio, TX. Chris also built the bike.

 

I raced for Factory Blazer BMX Racing in the early 1980's. I contacted Mike Maberry in 2012 looking for a 20" Blazer. Mike stated that he had a frame that needed some work - the top tube was snapped and was returned under warranty to Mike. Mike has had the frame ever since then. He gave me the frame and I sent it to Chris Mallett and Red-D Bikes (www.red-dbikes.com) for the restoration. As no surviving original decals are available, Mike gave Chris and I authority to reproduce all decals. The build was approved by Mike personally and his signature is clear coated on the frame.

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Hey Shane, welcome to the site and nice save on the frame. I'm an old San Antonio Tx-4 rider myself. :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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Hey Shane, welcome to the site and nice save on the frame. I'm an old San Antonio Tx-4 rider myself. :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

 

Thanks, I appreciate it. I spent a lot of time around River City BMX, Cibolo and Hidden Valley back in the day. I just wanted to get the frame built up. Now I'm going to start looking for era correct parts.

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cool frame.

 

 

there are original decals out there though (the white ones being harder to find).

 

i don't think mike has the 'authority to reproduce' blazer decals or anything with the brand. he initially started blazer but the company continued for a few years after he was gone....he just doesn't acknowledge it. even though it's not true, he likes to say the company was "fake" after he was gone. (this info is from brock bruce who's father later ran rebel racing and the blazer brands).

 

 

again, nice bike...looking forward to seeing it done.

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Pretty cool!

 

Only thing I might suggest is maybe a more era correct seat/post.

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cool frame.

 

 

there are original decals out there though (the white ones being harder to find).

 

i don't think mike has the 'authority to reproduce' blazer decals or anything with the brand. he initially started blazer but the company continued for a few years after he was gone....he just doesn't acknowledge it. even though it's not true, he likes to say the company was "fake" after he was gone. (this info is from brock bruce who's father later ran rebel racing and the blazer brands).

 

 

again, nice bike...looking forward to seeing it done.

 

 

Thanks, TrulyOdd. My understanding is that Brock and Mike have talked, and that Mike is, and always has been, the owner of Blazer. I can provide a phone number for Mike if you would like to talk to him.

 

From Mike:

 

"I am Mike Maberry, the only legal owner of Blazer and the Blazer name associated with BMX. I have never sold Blazer or given anyone rights to use the name.

The confusion comes from Mr Bruce making the frame without the legal right to do so. It was not his fault, but he thought he had bought the right from a person that had never owned any part of Blazer. Mr Bruce stopped production after I informed him of the mistake. He was a good man, but did not know, who really owned the rights to Blazer.

My logo was and remains (BR) for Blazer Racing. We are still in Lufkin, Texas as always. Any frame with (B) in not from the real manufacturer.

The few that were made came from Mr Bruce in Houston, who has now passed away.

Please do not advertise any Blazer Stickers unless you describe them correctly, which is, they are the illegal Blazer stickers and not the originals.

All originals will come from me. You may contact me if you have and questions.Email: freedomhillchurch@yahoo.com."

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I've spent many hours trying to determine what is B.S. & what is true regarding Blazer's storied history. Here's some information I shared in the 'Rebel Racing/All Things Inclusive' thread.

 

"From my understanding Mike Mayberry was to handle the marketing & management of the team while Dave Gersten was in charge of all fabrication for Blazer. (An interesting side note, Dave also manufactured the electronic starting gates for the ABA as well.)

After reading a lot of other forums regarding Blazer, Mike makes a lot claims that don't necessarily add up, here's a few factual and questionable statements he was quoted saying: Blazer made frames only, none where available in chrome, all where painted except 10 copper-plated frames, never used the single "B" as a head tube decal or logo, no pad sets or any other product bearing the Blazer name and besides being friendly with Bernie Anderson, Blazer in no way was ever connected with Rebel Racing.

From what I can gather Dave & Mike eventually had a falling out and went their separate ways, now considering Dave owned all the tooling and jigs for the frames, i believe it was at that point he either sold the company or partnered up with Bernie Anderson to keep Blazer going. This is probably the time period where Mike also claims someone was going around selling and manufacturing "fake" Blazer frames."

 

http://bmxsociety.com/topic/47601-rebel-racing-all-things-inclusive/page__st__140

 

Even though Mike claims Bernie Anderson didn't have the right to sell the Blazer name to Charles Bruce, I find it difficult to totally dismiss anything from that period as 'fakes'.

 

I personally would love to hear B.A. Anderson's side of the story.

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i don't think brock is tripping on mike. Emoticon_deadhorse2.gif

 

 

i'm not.

 

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i met brock last christmas when i visited his home in houston...THE NICEST person you will ever meet, we also went over the whole rebel/blazer story and how his father was connected etc.

if you need any clarification, you should just send him an email, im sure he would be more than happy to clear up any inconsistencies

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When I rode for Blazer & Mike Maberry, I rode a chrome blazer, but my Dad, Billy Hill, had it chromed. My sister, Shelby, rode a chrome mini Blazer - also chromed by my Dad. Last I knew Randy Niemann had my sisters mini in Austin. I no longer own my chrome Blazer. Our garage burned and the Blazer was a victim of the fire. Neither of the above mentioned frames were decaled after the chroming.

 

Thanks for all of the information, guys. I appreciate it.

 

Shane

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When I rode for Blazer & Mike Maberry, I rode a chrome blazer, but my Dad, Billy Hill, had it chromed. My sister, Shelby, rode a chrome mini Blazer - also chromed by my Dad. Last I knew Randy Niemann had my sisters mini in Austin. I no longer own my chrome Blazer. Our garage burned and the Blazer was a victim of the fire. Neither of the above mentioned frames were decaled after the chroming.

 

Thanks for all of the information, guys. I appreciate it.

 

Shane

I got the frame Randy had. Mini with sew ups. He told me it had been in a fire.

Randy said you and Shelby raced it.

You want it back?

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When I rode for Blazer & Mike Maberry, I rode a chrome blazer, but my Dad, Billy Hill, had it chromed. My sister, Shelby, rode a chrome mini Blazer - also chromed by my Dad. Last I knew Randy Niemann had my sisters mini in Austin. I no longer own my chrome Blazer. Our garage burned and the Blazer was a victim of the fire. Neither of the above mentioned frames were decaled after the chroming.

 

Thanks for all of the information, guys. I appreciate it.

 

Shane

I got the frame Randy had. Mini with sew ups. He told me it had been in a fire.

Randy said you and Shelby raced it.

You want it back?

 

You bet! I'd like to talk to you about it. PM sent.

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