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Old 03-12-2008, 12:01 PM   #16
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It's like a step back in time...

THANK YOU for sharing your photos! It's the next best thing to being there.
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:19 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Steptoe

Awesome pics. Thanks! Anyone know what brand that is in the pic above? (I love the old tricycles with the passenger seat in front--but I have no idea where to even start searching for more information on 'em . . . )
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:37 PM   #18
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:44 PM   #19
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Great post! Loved the pics and story. Just one comment: Your opinion on restored bikes is of course valid for you, but like any old vehicle hobby, there is a place for both restored and unrestored vehicles. I have owned many nice unrestored cars, and have felt the opposite wrath of judges that say "anyone can keep an old car in a garage for 30, {or however many} years"

Like you I feel the unrestored vehicles give a history lesson that can't be created any other way, but then the beautiful restorations give pleasure too, and may result in vehicles being saved that may have been junked.

What hurts is when someone takes a very nice unrestored vehicle and restores it just to get those final few points or trophies.

But as a friend of mine is fond of saying to anyone that criticizes his vehicles (bikes or cars) "My name is on the title, when YOU own it, you can do what you want!". :)

Thanks again for the great post. Nice to see ALL those old bikes.
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:00 PM   #20
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Nothing more to say but: fabulous!
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:16 PM   #21
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Incredible! Thanks!
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Old 03-12-2008, 01:26 PM   #22
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:10 PM   #23
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Great pics !
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Old 03-12-2008, 02:51 PM   #24
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Gorgeous, Steptoe.
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:24 PM   #25
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Thanks and thanks again...

One of the very best picture essays!
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:37 PM   #26
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The look of sheer contentment on this guy's face is priceless. He's just happy to be here. Though "Mr. Toad" from The Wind in the Willows comes to mind... utter delight at the experience. My family also calls me "Mr. Toad" from time to time. These are great pictures. I think I may have found a new hobby...
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:26 PM   #27
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Thumb Wow !!

That event has heaps of character...evident in the machinery, gear & people! Thanks for sharing the great pics!!

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Old 03-12-2008, 04:39 PM   #28
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Fantastic stuff.

But I do hope that her majesty's finest were out in force, checking for emissions, exhaust noise and BSI kite-marked helmets.

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Old 03-12-2008, 06:07 PM   #29
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Lot's of super neat bikes, what a day,
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:26 PM   #30
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Thanks for sharing the pictures. Each ride on those old bikes looks like a real adventure!
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