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rappensuncle

rappensuncle

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#550672 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by rappensuncle on 16 March 2017 - 09:42 PM

Many of you have seen these photos before in this thread. What you nay not have seen is the name of the photographer who went to the NBA Yarnell Street track to shoot them. I always assumed these were taken by Windy or Bob Osborn as the quality of the prints are well done, but alas, the photographer was actually a Sylmar local. 

 

 

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#550671 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by rappensuncle on 16 March 2017 - 09:16 PM

From the Thom Lund photo archives; a young Thom getting air in a dirt lot in Venice. No date, photographer unknown. 

 

View large version.

 

 

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#550668 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by rappensuncle on 16 March 2017 - 07:02 AM

Brian, I was thinking of you when I posted that Gold Cup ticket, I had a feeling you'd be all over it. Property of Mr. Lund - call him!  I'll make sure you get it.

 

Speaking of their Europe trip and hack tour, I found this next gem at the bottom of the box this morning. The back only has the names "Jerry and Tom" written in pencil. Gnarly berm destroying hack racing, I'll tell ya what! 

 

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#550663 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by rappensuncle on 15 March 2017 - 04:09 PM

I saw Wayne at Rick Twomey's celebration of life last October - great dude!

 

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This picture tells the whole story...

 

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#550662 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by rappensuncle on 15 March 2017 - 03:52 PM

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#550661 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by rappensuncle on 15 March 2017 - 03:41 PM

Postcards from a far away land...

 

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#550655 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by rappensuncle on 14 March 2017 - 11:34 PM

NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE MEL....

 

Stay tuned... there's more.




#550647 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by rappensuncle on 14 March 2017 - 06:35 PM

And this amazing article from DIG Magazine (Nov / Dec 2002) on pool riding with JP and Thom;

 

 

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#550504 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by rappensuncle on 16 February 2017 - 04:55 PM

I shot this one with my new Kodak Instamatic 126 camera that I had just got for Christmas. Bill Ford and I used to ride over to a large empty field that was part of the Pine Hill Estates but had never been developed. So you have this huge dirt field with a pretty good size hill smack in the middle covered with Pepper trees, so of course, we had downhill tracks all over this hillside. Bill and I would take turns shooting then ride over to Photomat to have the film developed.

 

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#550503 Mel Stoutsenberger - History of BMX photos (the Mel Thread)

Posted by rappensuncle on 16 February 2017 - 04:41 PM

Good morning! I have found some new photos and posted them on the BMX Society FB page but thought they should be posted here.

 

New track layout at Randall Ranch, 1975 NBA Nationals, 14 and over expert qualifier. I think this image tells the story;

 

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#541632 Regarding the annual BMX Society gathering...

Posted by rappensuncle on 08 March 2015 - 12:09 AM

There's an old saying, "Don't know what you got (till its gone)".

 

I'll never forget the good times shared, old friends and new, and the generous effort from the people who made it happen.

 

Thanks, Steve and Crew!




#420816 A thread of random lesser known facts.

Posted by rappensuncle on 26 June 2010 - 05:26 PM

The first Schwinn Stingray raised bottom bracket frame modification was done by Mike Frankovich and Russ Okawa at Canoga Cycle Center in Canoga Park, California. After completing the first mod it was tested by several team members and deemed ready to race. Several other team bikes were raised shortly after and the bikes were painted red, the new team color, replacing the Schwinn baby blue color. In the following months both Mike and Russ experimented with heavy chromoly and developed a straight tube frame with the perfect geometry for the downhill tracks abundant in the Southern California racing scene at the time. These framed were called "Franko Frames" out of respect for the designer and welder.


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