Jerry Cordy pre 1916 tours, part 2.
More photos from Jerry Cordy! We’ll start with a great one. Bud Ekins riding his Cyclone race bike on the street, Bob McCloud push starting.
Jerry hosted several tours in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, here’s a flyer for the 1989 edition.
Here’s Doug Eastwood on his Indian twin.
Jerry also included photos from some other rides. This one is from Corning, and others are from Volcano.
Dave Bettencort. He rode his ‘15 HD on the first Cannonball and did very well. If you scroll through the various old articles on Occhio Lungo you can also spot him at some of the Bud Ekins Memorial Tours in Atascadero.
Bill Stoures on a great Pope twin. Rear suspension and OHV.
There are a lot of names on the list. 67 participants at that tour. And names that are now famous in our hobby like Wes Allen, Bud Catlett, Roy Burke, Lysle Parker, Shorty Tompkins, Norm Gerlich, Marshall Mathews, Max Bubeck, etc. The list just keeps going.
Pete Peterson (center) and Bill Brownell (right). Pete is a very fine rider. A fast old fart on his Triumph twins these days. I had the pleasure to come across him and his buddies for the first time on an Oregon ride a dozen years ago. We made it down to one of the beaches, and he and the boys really tore it up. It was like watching On any Sunday. Spinning and doing brodies in the sand. Eventually one of them highsided and flew off his bike and ate some sandy salt water! They were not spring chickens at that point, all retired and probably in their late 60’s. Brownell owned a dealership in Chico, CA back before I was born and a lot of the guys still like to run his dealer license plate frames.
Cordy cast these belt buckles in brass for the riders of the Spring 89 Tour.
That’s Norm Gerlich and a Dayton. When I was in college in Seattle, Norm opened a pre16 motorcycle shop inside a a beautiful old Packard dealership. Walking in there was like stepping through the Pearly Gates! My pockets were empty but I could dream… But my friends and I were way too busy cutting up 1970’s Hondas to make our versions of café racer bikes. They were about $200 each in the Little Nickel classified adverts and we did what we could afford. Just like today’s builders.
Stu Laidlaw and Jeff Sierck on his white Thor 7. Sierk and the Crawfords used to host a fun springtime ride in Plymouth CA, but it only lasted a few years. Beautiful roads and scenery around there. And always a good bbq at the finish of the ride. We now do the Girder Fork Ride on some of the same roads.
Jerry Cordy and Bud Catlett in the white helmet. Outside the general store in Volano, CA.
Jerry and his honey.
Johnny Eagles and friend with a big Pierce single. In the background is a Sears twin, Indian and Tom Holthaus and Buster Naylor.
John Eagles, Cordy and Vahan Bandoian on Main St in Volcano.
Lysle and Dorothy Parker
Marshal Matthews tending to his Harley twin. Marshall was present on a lot of the early bike and early car tours until he died from ALS. He knew a lot of people and knew a lot about the machines. In his memory the Plaid Run is held each spring to raise money for victims of ALS. The variety of people and machines on that one day run has to be seen to be believed.
Shorty Thompkins sits on the bike while Matthews fixes something. It is a good pic of Evan Matthews in the sidecar. Evan grew up riding on old bikes and in old cars. When I met him he was about 20 years old and was driving the family 1906 Buick 2 cylinder car with his mom and sister passengers on an Alturas tour. He’s grown up to be a good man, and his father would be proud.
That’s Max Bubeck on an Indian of course. Max was a legend, and was glad to tell us all about it! He hosted the Death Valley ride for years, where he would tell us all about winning the Greenhorn Enduro on an Indian 4. A small guy with a big heart.
that’s a nice looking Merkel.
Pete Gagan. I think this is the Borrego Springs ride from a few years ago. Pete has been President of the AMCA and hosts a web show about his old bikes. It is called Pete’s Garage and is on youtube here.
Pete Peterson, Vahan Dinahanian and Roy Burke. Roy was another institution in the Oregon old bike world. He built a series of Indians with OHV heads that he constructed himself. He passed away a few years ago, but those Indians still get ridden by his old friends.
One of Roy’s bikes that I snapped on a ride a few years ago. He made the head in his home workshop, and the frame, fitted a Honda front suspension, British gearbox, etc.
Red and Kay Cadwell
Steve Wright on the right.
Main St in Volano, CA