When you get a chance you need to dig into google books, it is one awesome way to waste an afternoon.
I have been busy trying to get the online store up and running and my main method of procrastinating has been google books…
My main British bike support while I was starting was George Parsons in Lambertville, NJ. George was an awesome guy, I would show up for something little and end up spending the afternoon talking to him. This is one thing I found in the AMA magazine(just scroll up a little). George was an interesting character who always had a story, when i can dig some more info about him up I will definitely post it here.
Down the road from me was Stan Myers. Well, Stan did not like me showing up on a BSA or Triumph, but his son Carl was very cool and helped me out a lot. Stan used to race for Harley (and I believe Indian). Getting Stan to talk about his racing past was difficult, but the pics on the wall and the old Indian Scout that was stripped down to nothing gave you a glimpse (and Jack would fill you in with some details). The only links I could find in the American Motorcyclist were when he was racing BMWs. Possibly my favorite result is where his name is in close proximity to an Ariel ad. He did not like British bikes, but from what I remember he particularly disliked Ariels. Hopefully next year I will get to tag along with the Delaware Valley BMW club on their fall ride up to the Poconos and try to pull some history out of him.