We lost two great people this week who also happened to be part of a wonderful little motorcycle community we’ve all built here in NY. Both will be dearly missed and our thoughts go out to their friends and family.
Here is a wonderful image of a beaming proud Shiela at the MotorGrrl calendar release party in October.
Dale was always building, racing and riding something. He documented some of that on his blog.
It makes me smile that my last conversation with Dale in November was about a absolute wreck of a ’61 Ford Econoline project he was considering taking on (and that he knew i was crazy enough to appreciate it). I would have liked to see how that turned out.
Ride On and RIP, Sheila “Sparky” Germain & Dale Hoyt.
So this post has been in the barrel for weeks but sometimes life gets in the way. I’d also like to throw a big happy belated Thanksgiving and early ChannuKwanzaChristmanewyears in there too. I hope that this time of the year is gentle on everyone after a long couple of months and weeks.
As the world now knows, the Mid-Atlantic states, especially New York and New Jersey were hit by an enormous, unprecedented Hurricane that caused billions of dollars of property damage as well as incredibly tragic loss of life. New York City alone, our city, suffered massive devastation to pretty much every low-lying area near the ocean or rivers. Rockaway Beach, Staten Island, Coney Island and Brighton Beach, Red Hook, Gerritsen Beach, the Lower East Side, the list goes on, and on, and that’s just NYC.
As a New Yorker, the destruction caused by this storm is literally unbelieveable. As in, I did not believe I would ever see destruction on this scale, even after 9/11, in my life time. Many other members of NYCVinMoto and the NYCVMS have expressed a similar sentiment. It’s mind blowing. If you’re not familiar with what the effected areas looked like before the storm, it’s very hard to understand just how long it’s going to take to rebuild.
But rebuild we will and NYCVMS is doing its part. Since the storm hit on Monday 10/29 we’ve raised over $2000 in tools and donations and members have spent hours in Rockaway, Long Beach, the Lower East Side, etc. in boots and masks helping to clear flooded debris and furniture. We’ve rebuilt busted generators, cleared out concession stands to use as headquarters, we’ve donated shovels, wheelbarrows, wrecking bars, masks, cleaning supplies and work gloves, and much more. We’ve emptied flooded and rotten food from fridges and we’ve brought cold beer to tired workers. We’ve supplied a family with a generator that enabled them to stay out of the shelters and together over thanksgiving. We’ve provided hot food to volunteers working and canned food to those living in disaster areas. Hell, even the Nassau County Sheriff’s department was amazed at our effort.
We’ve all done it together, as a team and it’s made real, tangible difference on the ground. Our neighbors are better off because of the actions of a few people in the motorcycle community. From huge gestures like JT Stewart donating 2 BSA project bikes and 2 full kitchens to the relief effort. To Chris Mitchell for making trip after trip to the Rockaways and bringing a full truck of supplies including generators, demo tools, and even 8 brand new Sawzalls. To Corinna who brought her friends Nick and Alex of Backseat Conceptions (http://www.backseatconceptions.com/wp/?page_id=1531) on board to set up temporary mobile HQ’s with food and generators. To Tim Harney and Dave Browning of Harney Boy Racing/E3 Motorcycles to building a bike and donating the procedes straight to Rockaway relief.
And to everybody who donated cash to the cause enabling us to do all of this knowing full well they wouldn’t be getting a tax deduction a receipt, or anything of the like but knowing that we were spending their hard earned cash in good faith. Literally 100% of every dollar donated went to helping our neighbors in need.
The process of recover isn’t even close to over yet. It will take years and years and millions of man-hours to repair the damage but I’m extremely proud to count myself among a group that gives so freely of its time, money and love.
Rockaway Beach @ 91st street, 10/2/12
Donor BSA’s from JT
NYCVMS’s generator and 2 we repaired.
Some of our crew in Long Beach
An entire basement of furniture in Long Beach
Chris and Me @ B96th Street
Saturday morning found a group of us at the corner of Metropolitan & Wythe to rendevouz with the Backseat Conceptions Film Bus up from Phili, loaded to the brim with tools and donations of all kinds, ready to pick up sleepy eyed volunteers and a ton of hot food ready for distribution in The Rockaways…
…and just a bit of gas for our own Jack Crank who’s been working all week in the devastated beach community. Good work Jack! And a huge thanks to Backseat Conception Films for loaning us their time and bus!
Meanwhile, around the corner at the Motorgrrl swap meet which was in full swing, with folks buying, selling and rummaging through boxes of spark plugs, curtains of throttle cables and a collection of the wildest gas tanks imaginable (oh, Lucille), the 1951/53 BSA C10/11 project bike donated by JT Stewart sat proudly on display in the center of the garage, set to be auctioned off at 5pm.
At auction’s close, our own Tim Harney took home the BSA. Congrats Tim! Stay tuned for updates on that bike build. Need an idea of where this project could go?…I give you the 1951 Steve McQueen BSA C11!
In addition, Tim Harney and Dave from E3 motors is building up a separate BSA right now and is donating the sale of that bike directly to the cause. Keep an eye on the E3MC blog for that bike’s updates.
At the end of the day, we are thrilled to report that $1300 were raised by NYCVMS, not to mention about $800 spent on tools already purchased and distributed this week. With the money we have currently, we’re going to buy 2 generators to help set up a more permanent relief HQ in The Rockaways at b96th st.
Still want to help? Great! there’s still a hell of a lot of work to be done! Limited Edition 2012 Full Tilt Show shirts are currently for sale on our Etsy page. $20 each and 100% of proceeds go directly to the NYCVMS FOR HURRICANE RELIEF fund. Get yours HERE!
Again, huge, huge thanks to all that opened their hearts and wallets to help bring a little bit of help and hope to just one of the communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
EDIT by Jack: And don’t forget this little shot of some vinmotoers at work!
NYC Vin Moto member and NYCVMS supporter JT Stewart bought a 1953 BSA c11 a couple years ago and then ended up buying another for parts to finish it. Both are basket cases but almost enough parts are there to build a new running bike between them…
He has graciously offered up this BSA project to be sold tomorrow at the MotorGrrl swap meet. 100% of proceeds from the sale of this bike will go to the NYCVMS HURRICANE RELIEF fund which is currently receiving donations and coordinating the purchase and distribution of supplies and volunteers to the Rockaways this weekend. Said supplies and volunteers will be transported to the Rockaways in the Back Seat Conceptions bus, which is on it’s way from Phili. Thanks guys!
Please stop by the MotorGrrl swap meet tomorrow for a beer, some bike parts you didn’t know you needed, and stick around to make a donation, or even perhaps take this big-hearted project home with you. Bike will go to the highest bid tossed in the hat tomorrow!
now, i give you…THE BSA!
Has: Motor, trans, wheels, fenders, seat, fuel tank (the kind that has the speedo in the tank), Oil tank (albeit with a rust hole in it.)
1951 BSA C11 Plunger – Just the frame, which is broken and needs to be welded back together, fenders, tank, handlebars, wheels, forks etc.
A few of us here at NYCVMS are setting up a Hurricane Sandy relief collection at the swap meet this weekend at Motorgrrl in Brooklyn. I’ve been down in the Rockaways a couple of times since the storm doing cleanup work and it is truly heartbreaking. Helping clear out a stranger’s entire life including photo albums, drawers of undershirts, christmas decorations, and tape collections is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. I can’t imagine what these people are going through and I count myself supremely lucky that I made it through the storm in the clear.
The little group of us who make up the planning committee for the August show have been working together to do our part in getting money and aid down to the people who need it most. While what’s really needed is able bodies willing to wade through floodwater, we’re also raising money to go 100% directly to victims of the storm. That’s right, *100%* of your money will be spent on things like generators, contractor bags, shovels, batteries, and bleach. Not marketing, not bullshit, just aid.
HOW TO DONATE
* Go to NYCVMS and click the paypal button on the top left that says DONATE TO HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF. Enter your donation, nothing is too big or too small, and boom it goes right to us so we can get it to the people who need it most. As of now, most of that aid will be going to the Rockaways because that’s where many of us have friends and family. If any members are doing work in Staten Island, Jersey, or the effected parts of the city and Brooklyn and need cash, let us know. We’ll get it to you
* Come to the swap meet at MotorGrrl on November 10th 12-5pm and throw in to the hat. Checks are fine, cash is better, we might even be able to take cards if the little paypal dongle thingie gets here in time. We’ll have a collection going…assuming you don’t blow all your spending money on that neat set of 4into1 Pipes for sweet cafe CB. I can also help you find volunteer opportunities as well.
VOLUNTEERING NEEDS IN ROCKAWAY
* Veggie Island/Rockaway Taco on Beach 96th street and Rockaway Beach Blvd
and The RB Surf Club on Beach 87th and Rockaway Freeway have turned into imprompty volunteer centers. Head down there but bring your own gear like shovels and masks and gloves. The best work is being done by people going house to house and just volunteering to help
* Doctors with the ability to write scripts are in major need down there. If anybody knows any please put them in touch with me!
Indian Larry Motorcycles is collecting donations and the donations are rolling in, but more are urgently needed. Help support hurricane Sandy victims and your local motorcycle community.
I was caught in a pinch last week when i discovered my old, plastic Yamaha key fell of my keyring. After i cursed myself for not making aforementioned spares, I pulled the lock cylinder off my 1971 Yamaha At1 and ran it over to Billy’s Locksmith in Greenpoint. 3 hours and $30 later i had it back on the bike and 2 shiny new keys back on my keyring. thanks NYCVinMoto list for the local recommendation!