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Historical Pictures & Memories

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(Ed. note) Eddie Boomhower contacted me and asked if I might want to see pictures from his scrap book. I anxiously looked forward to each email I received as every one was a visit to the past and a view into the history of these bikes & their owners. His narration brought the life to them that just viewing a picture never could. When I asked if I could post them for everyone to enjoy he graciously responded.....

"Hi Brent, I would be honored if you would. Just to let people realize that the S and ST series played a large part in the history of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. As a HD dealer in the early fifties through 79 I used to buy the 165's from dealers by the pickup truck load; all relatively new but with bad generators which were too expensive to repair. I would pay $35.00 until the truck and trailer was full, carry them back to Richmond and strip them down. Install a WWII magneto off an army generator and call them scramblers. Everybody in Richmond had a scrambler and we raced every weekend".

"These were taken at the Elmont speedway in Richmond Va. I cut the track in a virgin forest with no knowledge of what I was doing but we sure had a heck of a lot of fun. There were three brothers from New Jersey that came all the way to Richmond a couple times a month. Their name was Volkmar. Chick Volkmar set some kind of record at Daytona with a 165".
(Ed.note) I think they may have come down looking for the three guys pictured!

"Here is an interesting one. The large gentleman on the 125 was "Babe" Parham. A motorcycle man all his life. Rode a 45 to Daytona in 1937 took the windshield and saddlebags off, entered the race and finished seventh. As you can see in the later years he forgot how to push away from the table but nevertheless he is about to leave for the starting line for the Aligator enduro at Daytona with his lifelong buddy Trus Bunting on the AJS. Trus sponsored the first half miler that I raced in 1948".

"Lining up for a race at Deep Creek, Va Oct 1956. Tight pass at Egypt Hill in Richmond, Va. 1954".

"#6 Cameron Dailey, Sales manager for Red House Harley-Davidson in Wash D.C. His son in 3rd. Note the white side wall on the front wheel of the guy in 2nd. Also note the variance in handlebar choice. The North Carolina guys all liked the high bars as on #9. Different strokes for different folks. These were Jan. 1957 at Elmont".

"Chief of security for the Medical College of Va. rode this hummer back and forth to work fifty miles each way every day through rain, snow and sleet. Never missed a day. I suppose there were some times that his shoe leather caught heck holding the bike up but he was determined. Shrine parade car powered by a 125 hummer motor and trans".

"Picture of the son of Magnus Martin, the District Manager for HD. He was on his dads factory demonstrator pushing the new high rise rubber mounted handlebars. I think the year was 1952 but it could be a year either way. The other shot is of an 'Official' at the Daytona races on the beach".

"Back in the late 50's we were all going to Rocky Mount N.C. to race. Must have been a dozen hummers. Buddy Ford from Richmond was last in line with no more room on the trailer or trucks. He completely disassembled his bike, put it in the trunk of a 50 Ford and one hour after this picture was taken he was on the starting line. Desperate times call for Desperate deeds. There was no purse, just five dollar trophies, but man was it fun".

"Here is a couple of strange pieces of history. Today with all the modern sound equipment, it takes an electronic engineer to operate the sound systems. What you see here is the entire rig of the east coast announcer back in the forties. His name was Bert Tilley. He was the District Representative of Columbia bicycles. His introduction was "This is Bert "Q" Columbia Bicycle Tilley" and proceeded with his coverage of the race. He actually slept in the trailer. Note the ancient car he towed with. The second picture is of Bill Gynn at age 16. He is now the owner and operator of a very well known and successful automotive speed shop in Suffolk, Va. He took a short hiatus of 40 or 50 years and is now back racing vintage Harley KR's".

".....Harold Burcham, currently a very successful Motorcycle dealer in Colonial Heights Va. Represent just about all the Japanese brands in America today. He rode a very fast Puckett 165.".

"This is a shot of Red Nabors and Joe Weatherly loading up in front of the HD shop in Norfolk, Va. in 1949 getting ready to leave for the 100 mile Road Race National in Laconia, N.H. Joe won it in 49, 50 and second in 51. The point of interest is if you look closely to the left of Joe's right ear, you will see a brand new rubber band 125 nestled in between the two race bikes. Moral of story is " Don't leave home without one".

(Ed.) I hope you've enjoyed this as much as I did. There's more to Eddie Boomhower than these pictures could ever attest to
and he's still going strong today. If Eddie ever asks me to walk a mile in his shoes I'll have to tell him that I just did....and enjoyed
every step of the way! Brent Dugan, Dec. 2005

Eddie Boomhower, 1946
"...... maybe it will help to make people know how very much these little darlings were accepted and how they gave the little man a chance at fun at times when money was not quite so plentiful".

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