2019!! Can you believe it!!
I will be 72 this month and as I typed in 2019 for some reason it came back to me, I remember the terror I had in 1954, Yup 1954 I was all of Seven years old and I was in the back seat of our 1952 Chrysler Saratoga.
My Mom (Ain’t she something!) and Gammer, my Grandmother were taking me to Berkeley, and St Mary’s private Catholic School. I truly thought they were going to drop me off and I would never see them again. Thank God (pun intended) it lasted for only one year then back to public school.
So I will tell you a little bit about ME
I was a swimmer, my Mom taught me, and at age 10 I kicked ass on everyone in Pomona California.
That’s me the littlest one in the picture and a image of me finishing qualifying you can see I left them in the dust.
I went on to compete in the 1957 Junior Olympics in Los Angeles. I came in DEAD LAST in my first heat race! I will never forget, like in a dream, the water felt like air and I could not seem to go forward.
And then there was my first Motorcycle I think in 1963. It was a 80 cc TWIN Yamaha with “Autolube” you put the oil in one tank and the fuel in the other and it mixed it automatically.
I had a paper route and it was called “North Las Vegas” yup the whole city of North Las Vegas, it was about 40 miles by the time I got out of the drive way into NLV and back home.
This was when there where 25,000 people in ALL of “Clark County” where Las Vegas is located. Now there is 25,000 people every square foot.
I personally enjoy speaking with people on the phone and you never know who you are speaking with it could be a professional football player, a REALLY big silicon Valley CEO, or the president of a major bank (which as all happened ) So this is why I am sharing my simple pass through life.
Then there is also more Information you need to know, remember the Lincoln Continental with the “Suicide Doors”?
Suprise, you are all Illegal, I am a Choctaw Indian. The document on the right is the Choctaw Nation roll, My grandfather is the first name on the list
In the Richard’s Photos section, I share some more blasts from the past.
Speaking of Blasts from the past,
We are slowly updating the website, Nothing fancy but as I was working on it I discovered that you need to visit a page on our website that is looked over a lot.The "Reviews Page", and the "2015 January Newsletter" for a brief trip into the past and back to the pesent.
Well, Lincoln is manufacturing a limited edition of 800 for the 80th Anniversary. Of course they will call them “Coach Doors” … I want one!
We will be working on the 2019 Schedule in the next week or so. Of course it is always changing so I will add a “Schedules Section” on the Newsletter starting next month when we get some organization going. If you can understand we need to connect the dots and try to make the travel plans as smooth as possible.
So far we are planning on maybe the "Backroads Spring Break" in May. Americade, the “BMW National’, “Motorcycle Sport Touring Association STAR rally” all in June
and . This could be the nucleus of our tour and we will build on both sides of that. Have an event you would like to see us at? Drop us a line.
Last minute late late addition. I got our Annual Dan & Pedro's New Years Day Ride video done just in time. We did the ride on the 29th so I had a couple of days to edit 12 hours of video into 13 minutes.If you are interested in Communications and/or Cameras, this is a must see from start to finish!!
Enjoy the Newsletter.