An Afternoon with with Dave Ekins & FreindsMore than 200 guests gathered last Sunday at Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, Calif., for An Afternoon with Dave Ekins and Friends and re-release of the commemorative edition of the iconic 1956 book How to Ride and Win.
It was an historic event for all motorcycle enthusiasts, and a serious who’s-who of Southern California’s motorcycle history.The occasion provided the rare opportunity for motorcycle legends to come together and share their epic tales of the early days of the sport.It was also a continued celebration of Forest Lawn Museum’s Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle exhibition, on view through January 5.The panelists included event MC and actor Perry King, and motorcycle greats Dave Ekins, who with his late brother Bud, are American Motorcycle Association Hall of Famers.Other known names in the industry included Don Emde, Sue Fish, John Hateley, Gunnar Lindstrom, Eddie Mulder, Mike Parti and Preston Petty.Many legendary guests included racers, supporters and collectors: Sue McGee, Cliff Coleman, Flathead Jedd, Doug Bingham, “Sidecar” Suzy Elsworth, Tom Seymour, Zapata Espinoza, Dennis “Mouse” Gildehaus, Dennis Murdoch, Steve Murdoch, Rick Chew, Kaming Ko, Urban Hirsch III, along with many others.Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle is a meticulously curated exhibition that presents an in-depth look at the dynamic history of motorcycle culture, featuring some of the most beautiful, historic, rare and collectable vintage motorcycles; one-of-a-kind hand-painted motorcycle helmets, previously worn by world and national racing champions; painted motorcycle gas tanks and fenders; as well as paintings, sculpture and photographs by a dozen of today’s most celebrated motorcycle artists—many of whom are Southern California natives and/or residents. The exhibit is on view through January 5, 2015.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!