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Red Fred’s place

November 12, 2012

Fred invited some chums over to his place the other day, for coffee before escorting us on a tour of a private car collection (look for that later this week on OL).  For those readers who do not already know Fred, or know of him, these pics of his home will illustrate a few things about the man.  He is a singular person.  One of a kind.  An original.  Unfortunately, these photos aren’t worth a thousand words, as the stories of Fred’s exploits are legendary.  But the pics will give you some idea of who Fred is.


Indian signs

Fred is known as an Indian guru.  He’s been playing with the Springfield machines for a long time; riding, restoring, writing. 

 back bedroom

Restoring:  This project 4 cylinder in the back bedroom.  Those pipes are really something.  Fred has a lot of projects at any one time, from 19teens Hedstom machines, to 1920’s Indian singles, to 101 Scouts and Bonneville Chiefs.



Writing:  Here is Fred’s office.  Filled with photos, books, and Indians of course.  There are 4 bikes in the room, and a desk is almost visible.   A member of the AMCA for a long time, Fred now writes the technical column in each issue of the club journal.  He also has spent years judging motorcycles at meets and serves on the club’s Board of Directors. 

  photo albums

Riding:  The photo albums are labeled from biking trips around the world:  Indian Runs, tours through Europe, Australia and the USA.

 Henderson airplane

The house is filled with nuggets of auto and moto paraphernalia.  Here is a Henderson motor, with the Heath adapter kit for use in an aeroplane.

 early Fred

    Hap Jones 1933 Ford

 Hap Jones 1933 Ford truck


maserati table 2

Maserati being used as a table in the front parlor.  The photo of Fred is from his group of pics at the Legends of the Motorcycle show in Half Moon Bay.


Maserati coupe.  Looks rough, but runs great.  Fred shares his Indian passion with cars too, but some of them weren’t at home today.



Cow Palace Wine & Liquors

  plaid chief

The plaid Chief is on one of the lifts getting a repair to the rear fender.  The shop is filled from floor to ceiling with neat old stuff.  Little details abound at every turn.


season your bag

Season your Bag

  shop wall


Indians 2Indians


blow your mind

Blow your mind

 local 6



At the Indian Run in 2011.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2012 5:47 am

    What a Rose garden. looks like you could spend days in the home museum and not see everything. let along listning to all the great tails. thanks for the quick tour. by the way, wondering how he decorated the bathroom.

  2. November 14, 2012 6:13 am

    My guess is lots of PISStons….

  3. November 21, 2012 1:13 pm

    Red Fred is a one-of-a-kind guy. He’s generous, amiable and alway there to help or answer questions. Not only is he a breathing encyclopedia on Indian, he gets out there and rides – all over the world. He’s a benchmark for motorcycle ambassadors.


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