OMC Goes to Livermore for the re-enactment of the 1911 Livermore Flagpole Rally Panorama
OMC had a swap meet in September. We had about twenty five sellers and about the same in buyers. We sold snacks and had a great time meeting new people, catching up with folks we knew and talking shop. Many members came to help set up. We learned a lot from our first experience and the feedback received was to have another one next year. Some people even suggested we have two a year. We may be able to pull off another one. We will need to buy insurance so we will be charging a small fee to offset that cost. Club members, you know you have some vintage and collectible items in your garage. Sure, sure. Save the best for yourself but bring out your stuff and make room in that garage or closet.
Here's our ad we used. It received over 400 hits from being posted on forums and your facebook pages. Good job, members. We even had an event ad in City Bike Magazine.
What you missed in our June Newsletter:
Like I said, I deleted the entire June newsletter and I cannot get it back. That's the way it works sometimes. It was a good one too. It had a great set of photos of the fellas going to Baja and celebrating the fact that they have been going for sixteen years straight, often twice a year!
Here's the photos I posted in the newsletter:
Who's that at my 6?
Uncle John gets ready to take off down this road. He's riding that bike and he was fine to go through alone. He's a good rider and is used to desert riding.
Ah. The enjoyment of fish tacos, beer and amigos.
Yeah. It was like that.
Here's Paul having a "MAN-ee-cure".
When the going gets tough, the geezers get going!
Here's to many, many more years in the Baja sun and fun. Join us next time!
OMC has another GREAT Three Bridge Run in July!
Our ever faithful, rockin' band was there.
Check out this promo, folks. I found the song about the bridge on Youtube.
By Super Sue
After Larry, Emma and I returned home from Idaho and the Half Way Run, we relaxed in their backyard sitting under the enormous redwood tree. Larry and Emma began to talk about old times so I got my video out and began shooting. I've wanted Larry to tell me more about his racing years and as we looked through an old photo album, he shared. Back in the 70's, Larry rode for Yamaha. He shared a ride album from 1984 and it was the Barstow to Vegas ride. Street and dirt riders combined forces for a great weekend of men's riding. Check it out..
Back in the 70's, Larry was doing it in the dirt often. As an A rider, he rode up and down the trails of California, taking his van and his buddies to compete in serious ralllies. On Fridays, he'd finish up work, drive to the destination and sleep in the back of the van to get up early to ride. Here are some photos from his personal album of the Yamaha International Trials. Here he shared about Virginia City, California City and Hollister Playtime.
Virginia City back when there was a HUGE turnout and every corner was more like Dodge City because you were dodging other riders left and right.
Of course he took home a trophy. They both did!
Here is another that sits in his living room today to remind him of that good time he had with friends and sportsmanship.
Now back to some more shots of his dirt riding years. All of these pics and more can be found on our OMC SmugMug account in the 2011 gallery. Take a look at more there.
He rode with a famous rider on this one. It's Malcolm Smith. Larry and Malcolm were neck and neck on this ride.
Can you believe that? Larry Frey almost beat out Malcom Smith.
Larry had his game face on
Because was focused on getting to the finish line and obtaining his trophy.
He hasn't changed very much. Here's his trusty van.
Here is a video of us looking at the photo album that his daughter had made for him as a present.
You can watch this in HD. Just click on the 360 and change it to higher. Then, let it upload while you do
something else for a bit. Come back and it will roll in HD without delay.
Emma shared too. As many of you already know, Emma is a member of the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club and used to live in Vancouver. That's how she met Larry. He would often ride up to Canada and attend GVMC events. Soon, he had his eyes fixated on his lovely Emma and he was doing his darndest to court her long-distance.
Here, you can see just how active Emma was in the GVMC. Just look at how many pins she collected on her old vest.
That's from the "Ex Archer's New Biker Club"
I mean, now I've heard of them all!
Noone can call Emma an underachiever. She was active in the GVMC and she is active now in the OMCA. She's a wonderful club member who is jovial and welcoming to anyone who visits our clubhall. She's a great rider too. We had a blast on the trip and she performed wonderfully. I know because I rode on the back of her bike all the way to Oregon and Idaho.
Here's Emma when she used to wear her pet fox shaul. You can ask her about it and she'll tell you wonderful stories about it, including one where it darn well saved her life on a ride once. Yes, that's a dog on the gas tank...wearing a fur coat. That's our Emma!
Anyone for a game of Farkle? OMC loves Farkle almost as much as we love her.
One of the fond memories of the GVMC years was when Emma arranged for a "Greaser Party". NO. Not a Geezer Party, a Grease Theme Party where everyone dressed up like Greased Lightning and the rough and tough 50's bikers. Being a hair dresser by trade, Emma brought with her a comb and some Brill Creme to toughen up the fellas. While she was there that night, a member took her photograph and made it into a poster. She cherishes the poster to this day. I imagine myself flipping through a fashion society magazine and seeing Emma on a perfume or jeans ad. Can you? She was a looker and still is.
I had a great time with the Freys on the trip to Idaho and Oregon 1/2 way. Pics are included at the OMC photo website for that trip. Take a look. Meanwhile, here are a few.