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I’m a disabled Vietnam vet and so is our Performance Editor, Ray C. Wheeler. We have a lot of close brothers who are also disable veterans. My brother, David is also Cambodia veteran.
I was honored to sit at a dinner table recently with my 93-year-old mom and Archie, a veteran from WWII. He was in Okinawa, when the Japanese surrendered. I was moved to know a man who was on the spot.
I also recently read a book by the mother of the Redhead of Redheads, Alison. Her mom, Betty Bettencourt Dodds wrote a book, The McClelland Civil War Letters, after she discovered a passel of letters written by two young brothers to their folks after they left home during the Civil War. Amazing book, easy to read. One of the sons was killed in New Mexico, fighting Apache Indians. The other, John McClelland fought from the beginning of the war until the very end, and was even in the procession for Lincoln’s funeral. Amazing.
I was caught off guard when he said his cousin attended the play at the Ford theater and saw John Wilkes Booth jump onto the stage after he shot the President. Incredible. Over 600,000 died in the Civil War and 60,000 died in Vietnam.
Here’s to all veterans, old and young. We all stood tall for Freedom. I wish our government would put Freedom first. It works, it’s what so many died for. – Read all of the news here
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After the call, I wonder: what the hell is a Flat Stanley? Glad GOOGLE is around to find out…….
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This news is packed with interesting shit. You can’t say we don’t give you controversial elements to ponder between working on bikes, chasing broads, and whiskey. Just don’t over do it.
Recent news flash. Paisano Publications boss, Joe Teresi, recently sold the Easyriders buildings. The two 10,000 square foot buildings were once packed with Easyriders peeps, crew, staff, and editors. Not sure what’s happening next.
The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by Cycle Source, Iron Trader, and ChopperTown. Let’s hit it. Read the news here.
You can spot a vintage Indian board tracker racer a mile away thanks to its drooping handlebars as well as spindly “hardtail” bicycle type frame and narrow 2 ¼ inch tires. With clutchless ferocious motors and minus brakes, you counted on your feet when trying to come to a stop after 100+ mph. A splinter lifted up from the well-hammered timber boards could wreak havoc with bike and rider not to mention spectators.
There were two controls, a spark advance and a kill switch both used to control speed while leaving the throttle wide open. Of the “splinter” machines that carved their way across high-banked (65 degrees), oval wooden race tracks in the U.S. circa 1913-1930, they stand out as perhaps the most beautiful motorcycles ever made.
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“I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” -Steve McQueen
We are going to attempt to bring Bandit’s Cantina Members more classics coupled with historic info. We need to be culturally balanced between wild shit, boobs, and something from the other side of the tracks, namely historic motorcycles.
We are very fortunate to bring you a Steve McQueen owned 1935 Indian Chief from the La Quay Motorsports Collection hidden in a small town on the gulf of Mexico. Tim and Linda La Quay are the proprietors, and Tim grew up working for his dad in a gas station on the edge of this dusty town. He fell in love with two things as a young man. Both changed his life forever for the better. He fell in love with Linda, and fell in love with cars and bikes.
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