Just as I was getting tired of the weather at the junkyard, I saw a help wanted sign in Fun Wheels and took the job learning to assemble the new bikes and prepping them. My learning curve went into over- drive and I was hungry for knowledge. My brain was like a sponge; I wanted to soak it all up.
I left Fun Wheels and starting working at Cycle Salvage. That did not last as it was a low life job and the pay sucked. Suzuki performance in Northport was my next stop then back to Fun Wheels. Left Fun Wheels for East Coast Super Bikes and found out that Harleys were all I wanted to work on. That job left a good taste for the mighty big twins. I already had a 59 Sportster, 55 Pan Head, and just got my first electric start Shovel Head. I knew that I needed to expand my horizons, but still wanted more knowledge. I wanted to build great bikes, so I moved to California and got a job at Carl's Speed Shop in Santa Fe Springs, California. Carl's Speed Shop is now located in Daytona on East Beach Street. Drop in and tell them I sent you!
Left Carl's and went to do my own thing.
Went mobile, hanging in the biker hangouts. I went to all the hip places in Hollywood and started a great mobile business. My following became too great and I needed to open a shop. I had met many people in the movie industry as well as the "Rock N Roll" crowds, Gary Busey, Judd Nelson, Shannon Dougherty, Axle Rose, Ashley Hamilton, Matt LeBlanc, Harry Hamlin and Dwight Yokem just to name a few. I was a business partner with the guitar legend Steven Via, as well as building a bike for Mike Madsen. I also had a star named Norman Reedus work for me. All this in addition to maintaining and building custom bikes for a lot of the higher up director type folks; most names people wouldn't recognize.
I opened my shop and had a few of my cars and bikes in magazines like Hustler, OUI and Hot Rod Bikes. In 1991, I started Road Racing and won my first championship that year in two classes, 500 & 600 Singles.
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