Right Place Right Time

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    We all know that when you ride an Indian you're inevitably going to end up in a conversation with a total stranger on the footpath or gas station. Often they tell you that their dad or grandfather used to ride one and they like the look of your bike, but they don't actually know much more than that. Today was different. An elderly gentleman (mid 90s) stopped to talk and he was/is the real deal. He bought a 1927 Scout when he was just 16 years old, and he still has it. Before long we found ourselves riding up his driveway and he pushes back the shed door. Well inside was not one, but two vintage Indians. The 1927 he mentioned, and behind it another bike, a 1924 scout. They are quite tidy, though it looks like they haven't moved for a few years. He is quick to point out that they were both running very well when he parked them. He showed me around his workshop and he showed me a few of the bits and pieces that he had built for his bikes. A talented man, honestly it felt like it could have been Burt's shed. Over against one wall he even had a complete 1940s crate engine, take a look at the poster to see how much he paid for it!
    Wow what an afternoon. We will be keeping in contact.

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    That's INCREDIBLE. What a find, Rodd.
     
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    When you do catch up with him can you ask him if he has family in the north island that ride too?,.......please????
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    I introduced Rodd to a guy in Christchurch who rides a 1923 Indian Scout and I mean ride,......He goes out almost all the time, even for quick trips to the shops,......I think @Rodd should ask this guy if he knows Alan McLeod,......I'm picking they are both in the NZ Indian owners club. Not the IMRG,.....a much older group than that,.....
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    What a walk back in time. That is a great story @Rodd.
     
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    That’s very cool indeed @Rodd, sounds like a real character for sure.
     
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    Came across three Indians at our Art Deco celebrations last weekend, only a very small contingent due to the main event being cancelled at last minute. F86A262C-6BCE-4CB7-887F-05E707B4EB00.jpeg
     
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    What a good find. He sounds like a great bloke to stay in touch with.
    Wonder if he would let you ride one . . .
     
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    Drooling on this thread .. :)
     
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    While he was showing me his 1927 Scout he said I should try out the seat. The bike wasn't running but in my mind it was, damn I felt like a kid in a candy store. I do have an invite to call in again next time I come past - an offer I will be taking up. Pity he lives more than a 5 hour ride from me though.
     
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    Don forget to ask him if he knows Alan McLeod,.........and Alan WILL let you ride his,......
     
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    I will do that.
     
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    Weekend just gone at our Scout meet up, a guy from Tauranga way, Phil Brennan and I were talking away. He showed me many photos on his phone of old Indians. Turns out his father in law was Len Pearce, who has recently deceased, and it was his collection of many, many, Indians and parts that were recently auctioned. The Indian 4 did not sell. Phil and 2 other guys at our meet have recently purchased old Indians, possibly from Len's collection.
     
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    Alan did not attend the recent Indian Rally held in New Plymouth. Wondered if he was okay.
     
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    As far as I know he is fine,.....he is back down in Christchurch with Cathy again but I will drop him a line and double check,.....
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