Fonzie’s Motorcycle to be Auctioned

 

Below is a Press Release from Bonham’s Auction house.

Fonzie’s Motorcycle From Happy Days to be Auctioned

Henry Winkler as Fonzie

Henry Winkler as Fonzie

“Famous double-headline bike was owned by legend Bud Ekins.”

The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom ridden by The Fonz in the television hit series Happy Days will be one of the highlights at Bonhams’ upcoming Classic California Sale in Los Angeles.

Happy Days, the beloved American sitcom that aired for ten years from 1974 to 1984 and attracted millions of viewers each week, helped launched the career of such actors as Ron Howard, Scott Baio and Henry Winkler. Winkler’s character, Arthur Fonzarelli – known famously as The Fonz and Fonzie – was initially just a secondary character that became so popular with fans he was soon made the central figure of the show. As the epitome of cool, the motorcycle-loving Fonzie, dressed in the stereotypical garb of The Wild Ones, spawned countless wannabes among the youth of America and became a cultural icon that still resonates today. And Fonzie’s motorcycle, a customized Triumph, was owned off-screen by another cultural icon, Bud Ekins.

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The late Bud Ekins was famous as a motocross racer, Hollywood stuntman (he’s the one that made that legendary motorcycle jump over the barbed wire fence in The Great Escape), and as Steve McQueen’s best friend. With his warehouse of hundreds of motorbikes, Ekins was the go-to man in Hollywood when producers needed two wheels. So when the people from Happy Days called, it was Ekins who determined what the coolest guy on TV should be riding. Taking an old Triumph in his collection, he simply removed the front fender, replaced the handle bars and spray painted the tank silver and, violá, the Fonzie bike was born. Of course, no one had any idea of just how popular the show would become or the magnitude of fame Winkler’s character would achieve.

This now iconic emblem of American pop culture will be offered by Bonhams at their annual Classic California Sale, held November 12th, at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Renowned for offering property from famous actors each year – Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Clark Gable and Bruce Willis, to name just a few – this autumn auction is not to be missed by aficionados of pop and custom culture and entertainment and automotive history.

News Source: Bonhams via autoblog.com

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Welcome Back

Wendy's restaurant at 375 South Churton Street...

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The “Where’s the beef?” marketing campaign for Wendy’s back in 1984 was a hit. So much so, that for years afterward people would still chuckle to each other upon receiving their burgers and recite the question silently to themselves or to their friends.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aISkVvi5iI8

 

Well, it’s back! Wendy’s has launched the campaign again. This time the first commercial starts with a fellow walking into a thrift store and finding an old t-shirt with the phrase on it. He then walks through the streets wearing it all the while having people ask him, “Where’s the beef?”

 

I don’t know how long or how large of a campaign this will be for Wendy’s this time around, but it’s certainly a start. I hope the campaign takes off again and that a new generation of young people will start uttering the silly question. If so, this time I’ll be the one silently chuckling to myself.

 

Steve Jobs – Quotes

Steve Jobs Presentation 2

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There has been a lot of information about Steve Jobs that’s been coming to the surface since he passed away recently. Among articles calling him a visionary, there were also articles calling him a tyrant; and yet still others calling him a drug using malcontent. Regardless of your views of him, and although he was just a mere mortal, he still had a profound impact on the technological progress of the last few decades that can not be denied. In fact, some have likened him to our modern day Edison or Einstein, who were also loved and hated.

 

I will not deify him. But, I will give him respect because of his contributions to the world. There is no doubt that we are better connected (to music, to business, and to each other) in this globe largely because of his vision of the direction of the future.

So, what did Steve Jobs choose to believe was his direction in life? I chose to hang on to a couple quotes from Steve Jobs that leave a profound impression on me and answer that question. The quotes are below:

  • The benefit of death, he said, is you know not to waste life living someone else’s choices.
  • “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

The Most Beautiful Military Aircraft Ever Made

F-14 Tomcat, an example of a variable-geometry...

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In my honest opinion, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the most beautiful aircraft ever made.

It’s was a twin engine, twin tail, variable sweep wing fighter aircraft, for two (the Pilot and his EO- Electronics Officer or RIO – Radar Intelligence Officer) and a creative masterpiece.
The variable geometry wings (sweep wings) added drag by providing the extra wing surface needed for take offs and landings. When the wings were swept back the F14 Tomcat was a thinner vehicle and better able to reach supersonic speeds. Some say in swept wing mode the Tomcat could reach over Mach 2 with its twin Pratt and Whitney engines.
Grumman won the contract to produce the F-14 in 1969. It was continually modified over the years since then for different missions. It was eventually retired in 2006.
Hernandiesel’s Encounter With the F14:
My dad was in the NAVY way back when. That’s when I fell in love with the aircraft. My mom and I would go on base to pick my dad up and we would pull up near a hangar. These planes were around and caught the eye of the Hernandiesel. It’s profile and silouette were awe inspiring to me.
Then came the Top Gun movie in 1986. In it, Tom Cruise’s character, Pete Mitchell, piloted one of these machines. The scenes of this plane in action sealed the deal. I was one struck puppy.

The Search Is On!!

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Back in 1977 there was a “Star Wars Space Fantasy Sweepstakes”. The Grand Prize winner won an amazing car, the Official Star Wars Celica.

The car was a 1977 Toyota Celica Liftback GT and it is now missing. Records of ownership have long since dissappeared, as has the car. But, somebody is looking for it.

You can find the stories about the search here at these two sites: http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index.php/2011/09/23/1977-star-wars-celica-have-you-seen-this-car/#more-6945

And here: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/10/01/the-hunt-is-on-for-an-official-1977-star-wars-toyota-celica/