When I looked in a old Easyrider magazine, I came across the Sportster from Bob Floris, a 1965 XLH 55cu. inch with a hardtail which has 10̊ rake and 4″ stretch. The Springer fork has 13″extension. These photos are more then 40 years old. The issue I’m talking about is June 1979, nr. 72.
Today I’ll wrap it up. As far as I’m concerned these are the last pictures of gifts we received during our 40th anniversary event. I’m quite certain I’ve had ‘em all and if not; sorry.
The Deathtraps MC – Sonora – California – USA, a rather ‘young’ club – since 2007, also brought along a convenient gift. A very large adjustable Bacho. If we ever run out of tools, this one might come in handy.
France friends of us, the Chopperkingz, had a nice gift as well. A leather saddle with a nice imprint welded on some engine parts used as a stand.
Another longtime friend of us, Tony Leenes, the well known ‘Mister Indian’ himself had also a present for us. I met Tony for the first time in 1987 at the Superrally in Slagharen, Holland. He brought along these very old Indians. And with one of them, the girl on the photo gave a burn-out, awesome!! She had been posing for the BigTwin Magazine earlier that year. You can see the magazine next to her on the floor.
Superrally May 1987, Slagharen – Holland. Tony Leenes Idian collection
But when Tony wanted to give the present, he unfortunately had to wait a while, before handing over his gift, because I was about to give my speech, when he arrived at the party. Sorry Tony.
Tony ‘Mister Indian’ Leenes on hold next to Fonda and Beer.
The last gift in these series, is a gift from our American girlfriend Lesley. It’s a gift for me personally. It’s a brand new heavy denim vest to replace my old leather vest. I’m very pleased with it. Not long from now my sister in-law shall replace my club colors and sew them on my new vest.
Lesley handing me the new vest, which she brought over from the States.
Some gifts raises questions. One of them is the next. It was given by our English friends. It’s a street sign / nameplate, screws included. It looked genuine and I said to Wicky; “If you ask me I would say it’s the real thing.” Wicky looked at it more closely and concluded the same. It was taken from who knows where. It might have been a ‘replica’, but this one isn’t. We both agreed on that.
So, I’ve done some research on the internet. I searched for the street-name ‘Rogues lane’ in England. Four names popped up. Two with ‘Rogues lane’ and two with ‘Rogue’s lane’. I made screen-shots of them as you can see below. As it appears on the screen only the first two fit the description. The third might, but I’m not sure. The questions remain; where, when, how, who and why. Well, the last question can be crossed out.
Mmmmm, it probably has something to do with our clubname…. Hell, yehhh.
And the ‘where’ question is either nearby Cambridge or nearby Oakham. The ‘when’ question is, looking at the screen-shots, between at least the end of May 2019 and before the 1st of August. The ‘how’ question; I go for the electric screwdriver. At last the ‘who’ question…… somebody who was in England between May and August. Not many fit that description. Probably Boris Johnson or Nigel Farage.
On the first screenshot you can see the street sign. Maby this one is gone.
On the second screen-shot the street sign is ‘still’ clearly visible. Mayby this is the one.
On the third screen-shot you can see a street sign laying in the bushes. Probably the most easy to take away.
The fourth screen-shot didn’t reveal any street sign on both ends of the road.
Other gifts were presented by the Free Wheels – Motorcycleclub – Danmark and the Harley Club from Paderborn – Germany. Manny, one of our members, who died in 2004, came also from Paderborn. I asked them if they knew Manny. They’ve heard of him, but they didn’t know him personally.
Tomorrow and Friday the last photos of the gifts we received during our 40th anniversary, but today a bit of time for other things. Some of you have still vacation and others don’t. Either way, tension relief is needed on both occasions. Look, enjoy and spot the ‘R’!
Okay, we’re nearly there. These are probably one of the last gifts shown here on our blog. We’ve tried to take pictures of them all and I’m pretty sure we’ve done so. Today I’ll show a few photos of gifts which refer a bit to the ‘2%’ scene. Many years ago my best friend Beer introduced the term ‘2%’. He made it clear that there is a difference between a 1%’er and a 2%’er.
A 1%’er can also be a 2%’er, but not necessarily. A 2%’er on the other hand is mostly not a 1%’er. A 2%’er is a real biker with a chopper who loves to ride and build ‘m. You see, the term 2% stands for the total amount of people who still ride their own chopper. I’m sure you all know by now, but if you need to know more about this subject, you will find it in Beer’s books CRP 1, 2 and 3.
Because we also introduced a diamond-shaped 2%’er patch and stickers, which are still available in our webshop, some of our gifts were made in a diamond-shape, referring to the two percent scene. One of them was given by the Dirty Dozen MC – Danmark as shown below.
The second one was a gift from our good friends Leonie & Slik and Gaia & Ruben.
The present below was a gift from CMA, the Christian Motorcycle Association – Holland.
The Wood Wosses – Sköbbe – Sweden were also at our party and they to brought along a gift, which you can see on the next photo.
The Veterans MC – West Crew – Holland used our ‘invitation poster’ to transfer that on a metal plate and placed it in a wooden frame. Their gift was presented to Wicky. These guys served our country in one way or another over the years and some of them still do, remember that.
PB – Leeuwarden – Friesland, since 1971, and Hollands oldest biker club was present to at our party. We met them for the first time in August 1981, when they held a party in and at their clubhouse in Leeuwarden. A 17th century cheese-warehouse at the Hoveniersstaat 3-5. I think that they demolished that old building in 1989 or 1990.
Anyway, I’ll think, but I’m not sure, looking at the years, it could have been their 10th anniversary. I remember it was a great party with a huge explosion in the night. A old auto-car was set on fire and they were throwing car tyres and other stuff in the fire that was getting bigger and bigger with the minutes.
After half ‘n hour or so they started throwing hair-spray and deodorant bottles in the car. The explosions echoed against the wall and the high side wall of the clubhouse. Then, al of a sudden, there was this ‘poor sod’, finding himself real tough, who came up with the idea that if you wanted a real loud bang you needed a bigger gas bottle. So, not long after, he came back with rather big a blue propane-gas tank. We all thought he was joking and shouted not to do such a stupid thing. He must have been either extremely drunk or stoned or even worse, both, but it didn’t take long before he threw the propane-tank in the burning car in the huge fire.
Everybody who was still less then half drunk and/or stoned, started running away from the fire. There was this long old wall you had had to pass and behind it was the cheese warehouse – PB’s clubhouse – as well. I didn’t take long before the tank exploded. While everybody still was running away burning car tires and other burning shit started dropping around us. I was rather surprised nobody got injured. Their clubhouse and the wall were shaking like hell because of the air pressure / displacement. The auto-car was totally ripped apart. Every time I think of PB, this is the first thing that pops up in my mind. What the second thing is I shall tell you in a later story.
MC PB used a piston to make a head from it and placed a hammer between its teeth. A damn good dentist.
The Plabs Choppers MC from France also brought along a gift. Cyril, aka Francis Vega, one of their members, won the ‘Slow-race trophy’ at our party.
Another young club is Unnoted – Andijk – Holland. They are also ‘West-Friezen’ like us. Whether that’s okay, I don’t know, but you can all decide for yourself. They gave us a t-shirt in a frame.
Other friends of us, the Red Hill Choppers from Germany came also with a rather ‘unique’ gift. As I stated yesterday; an axe is a metaphor for chopping of parts from your bikes. Anyway, a quicker and swift way to this is with the help a guillotine. It’s a more ‘rigorous’ and most definitive way to chop of ‘heads’ aka the front ends of bikes. They made a diorama of such an ‘event’ where even Napoleon could have been proud of. He might even have considered to ask for a patent for this most effective clean ‘chopper’ of all times if he would have known current bikers uses these sort of equipment to chop their choppers.
On the other hand, maybe the 47 Ronin – Samurai warriors – would have differ about which chops faster, their samurai swords or the guillotine, but I’m no expert in these matters.
Well, a picture says more than the words written above.
On the photo we see Wicky, Harry and Jörge from the Red Hill Choppers.
Our good friend Raven Rick from the Ravens MC – Oakland – USA also had an appropriate gift. An old Harley part. Older than our club for sure. This will also find a nice spot on our walls.
The same goes for the present from the Hawgz – Malmö – Sweden.
The Demons MC – Holland had a slightly different gift. Their present is made like a sign board and therefor sticks out of the wall if you place in the correct way, as seen on the photo below.
The Rolling Wheels MC – Berlin and Rolling Wheels MC – Strausberg – Germany, both brought along a present. Representatives of both chapters together with Brembo and our president Wicky.
Rolling Wheels – North came with this carb. and handlebar, also a very nice original gift.
From the Black Guards also a self made gift, as well as from the Gods Squad CMC – Lowlands, their present was made by Fred B.