Palos Verdes Run
By Tom Lovejoy
†††† †††††† July 7th was the big day this year for my Dad and me. We did not expect many riders this year as it was the 4th of July weekend. Thereís a lot going on all over
, especially on a California Holidayweekend like that. Once again though we were pleasantly surprised, folks started showing up around . They kept on coming in almost right until the departure. Dad and I had again picked up some donuts and drinks and the members made good use of them as we all gathered around our faithful old machines and chatted.
††††††††††† The British machines were out in force. There were enough sharp looking and good running Ariel square fours to make one think that the factory was still cranking them out. Really classy machines, that sounds even better than they look. It is quite a treat to be running behind a couple of those machines, music to the ears. More than one member of our Chapter has fallen under their spell, after ridding amongst them. After hearing those notes and seeing those graceful lines, even the engines are a real piece of art work. After a ride with those machines, folks just seem to have to have one. If you dont believe me ask Dave Cook, he was smiling ear to ear on his newly acquired Ariel Square Four. Rumor had it there was also a Square Four in the
household as of recent, lucky fellows. Triumph's a few, one a Ď68 TR6 ridden well by Susie Ellsworth, always like seeing the ladies out amongst us on their own machines. One very sharp BSA gold star, and a sharp looking Norton single too - the Brit bikes are alive and well in this hobby.† :-) Moore
††††††††††† The rest of our group was made up of Harley's and BMW's, both old and new and three Indians. Kevin Spear was once again riding his battered J model, which I keep telling him - as been born again. That J is looking worse for wear, yet it is usually the machine to attract the crowds. It was the oldest machine and it was running mighty good and Kevin was eating it up, even on the 91 fwy on our return home, it was running strong - way to go Kevin! Jeff Moore rode out on his beautiful Ď41 WL Harley, made the run and then rode home, good job. Almost 3/4's of the 19 machines rode out to start the ride, way to go folks. Thatís saying something in LA's traffic!† Harry and Vic Sucher were out in fine form on their new Russian Ural sidecar rig? I am not sure, as they flew by me at speed - a blur really. All I saw clearly was a big grin on Harry as they went by.† :-)
††††††††††† Our lustrous leader Tim Graber along with Larry Ramos and Steve Sorenson all stopped by to see us off. It was a pretty sharp looking line as we headed out. Vahan Bandoian drove the rescue truck, supplied by Craig Dillmann. Thanks guys that made it possible for me to ride my Scout. Despite a few turns at getting lost now and then, we all made the coast. Though at times we could hardly see it, the Sun waited most of the day before it finally came out. We stopped by Walkers cafe for a break and just hang out a bit.
††††††††††† While there, Indian John rode in on his Indian Chief chopper. Though no where near stock, the Chief runs very strong and John really rides it! I have been told it's his only transportation. In the 12 years or so I have been riding my Scout around PV, his is about the only Indian I have seen running along the coast, way to go John! After just a short pause we were off again, up through PV drive East and then over two bridges - the Vincent Thomas and the Gerald Desmond into Long Beach and over to Guntherís yard for lunch.
††††††††††† We were greeted by George Gunther and his son Bruce. George is one of our chapterís founding fathers and he and Bruce really go out of their way to make us feel at home. George has been collecting for many years and has got tons of neat old stuff. Most of which he and his sons have got in working order, it is with much delight. That we all watched some of the old creatures roar to life once again. I think for most of us this is a high light of the run and we are grateful to the Guntherís indeed for their kindness. Good olí Dee Cameron also greeted us and all were glad to see him, still hurting but hopefully getting better. We had a hot dog lunch cooked on the spot with a few little catches; I left the buns at home. Craig saved the day and had buns in short order and Vic jury rigged a tool we used for everything from getting the hot dogs to spreading the relish and what ever else we had, way to go Vic! All took it in good humor and I think a good time was had by all.
††††††††††† All too soon, it was time to head out and we said our thanks and good byes. We headed back after a great day among friends on our great machines from the past. Of special note - we had three people show up, not chapter members. All got the info from our web site, way to go Marc! Clay Langhurst on a Ď55 Norton and Nancy and Fred Davis on a Ď2000 BMW from
! Members of the Ohio Ohio Valley Chapter, way to go - is that cool or what?† Only very minor problems occurred on any of the machines and it ended a good day amongst good friends. Thanks very much to all that participated, until the next one take care all.†† Tom
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