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Dee Cameron

July 31, 2012

We stopped at Dee’s place for a BBQ lunch, to kick tires and swap lies.  This could have taken several days, but we only had a few hours to spare.


Dee with one of his racing Velocettes.  He’s been to Catalina, he’s been to Arizona, he’s been around.



In addition to playing with old motorbikes, Dee also likes to mess around with trucks. Here is his hotrod 1927 Autocar, with a wood body, canvas side curtains, brass doohickeys, etc. He’s dropped it onto a modern chassis with a big diesel Cummins motor and a blower, air brakes, etc. It goes right down the road. His model A is on the back.



Here is the Crocker that his dad John Cameron built.  Lots of holes in that HD frame, BSA gearbox and I especially like the tips of the exhaust pipes.  That was one of his things, he’d bell-mouth and square end the pipes into that particular shape.  In the background is a neat mill/drill, and experimental 2 stroke V4 diesel, some old Boozefighters stuff, etc.P1000214



This old JD has been around the block.  He’s fitted drop center rims to help keep the tires in place.  But no brakes on the chair nor on the front wheel.


This early cutdown has a lot of things to see:  plating, pinstriping, the exhaust tips, etc.



Dee has a lot of old photos and stuff hanging on the walls.  I snapped a few pics, but there was a whole lot more hanging around.P1000244P1000253P1000255

Mike Jongblood is a Velo Fellow with very highly regarded talents.  He can fabricate just about anything, as well as repair bikes on the side of the road.


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Here is a JAP powered single that Dee is prepping for racing.  It has a 4 speed BSA gearbox, with a cable to a left handed shifter on the side of the tank, per class rules.  The frame is heavily modified, and not quite done yet.  Lots of brazing can be seen down by the gearbox.



Another image of the Crocker.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    July 31, 2012 2:57 pm

    Pete, Are Dee and John related to a Jim Cameron, aka Smilin’ Jim? He was also a Boozefighter. I used to see him at AHRMA trials and MX events but it’s been several years.

    • July 31, 2012 3:17 pm

      He was John’s younger brother. I’m not sure if he is still around, but there are several descendants of John and Jim who ride old bikes in SoCal, at least 2 generations of them now.

  2. July 31, 2012 6:45 pm

    The neat Mill/drill appears to be a Clausing Model 8520 vertical mill. Made in USA is considered by many to be the best midsize vertical mill.

  3. Duncan permalink
    August 1, 2012 5:09 pm

    Didn’t see John’s HD Peashooter Boardtracker in any of the pics. Sure hope it’s still around. I helped push start that beast @ AHRMA Daytona 1994 ish, so John could do a pace ride.

  4. Tim Piller permalink
    August 3, 2016 11:48 am

    Hi, my name is Tim Piller, Jim Cameron was my grandfather. I just wanted to let you know I stumbled across the picture of the old Autocad and it sure brought back memories, he would drive me around in it as well as the the old Mack truck and asked me”which one do you like better?” I would say the Autocar, he would grumble, “ahh I thought you would like the Mack it”s a REAL truck!” then he would snicker. I know this is out of the blue, but I am glad you still have it and are taking such good care of it. I finally aquired his 62 BSA and ride it often to keep his memory alive and remember all the good times I had with him. The more people I talk to, the more I learn about how good of man he truly was, if you have any other stories about his past and some free time, I would love to hear about them……Thanks, son of Sharon, son of Jim, Tim…


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