Let the Truth be Told about Easy Rider & Captain America

•April 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment


 

 

 

Cliff Vaughs better known as Sonny (Hippie) is one of my mentors. He asked me to put this on my website. These are his words and he is letting the true story be told about the movie “Easy Rider”.

 

I hope this will set the record straight for those who didn’t know the concept of the movie, name of the movie and the bikes were all created by a black man. Who is a black biker that is a member of the Hollywood Chapter of the Chosen Few MC.

 

Easy Rider

 

I was working in the News Department at KRLA when Henry Fonda‘s son, Peter, was arrested for possession of marijuana. I was mildly amused that so much interest was engendered by the incident, considering the number of citizens detained and incarcerated for smoking “pot”.

 

We chatted for a while at the courthouse and I called in my story. He was interested in my hobby: designing and building motorcycles. It turned out that we lived in the same neighborhood, West Hollywood. I told him I was usually found in my back yard enjoying my hobby.

 

He came by a few days later accompanied by Dennis Hopper whom I hadn’t seen since his performance in “Rebel Without A Cause” with James Dean. We talked and I learned that they had been planning to develop a movie that centers on motorcycles. I agreed that the themes of the western were careworn but an American adventure with the protagonists riding motorcycles instead of horses was apt. We adlibbed a story line: two friends,(not quite “bikers”) travelling across America seeking adventure. I offered the name “Easy Rider”, taken from the Mae West performance of “Where Has My East Rider Gone”, in the production “She Done Him Wrong”… The title had been an adornment of my house, on the wall; a tapestry with a hidden message sent to me by Susan Mansour, erstwhile friend.

 

We had several discussions about the project at my home in West Hollywood and agreed that we would have to develop interest in the movie outside my parlor. We were not particularly known well enough to raise interest or financing. Peter and Dennis had a long background in the industry they would raise the money. I would design and build the motorcycles and develop the visual themes. Captain America and Bucky, costumes, colors: red-white-blue. I was accorded the title of associate Producer. We named our company Pando.

 

Through Pando, I was instrumental in hiring Baird Bryant as Director of Photography and agreed to have Paul Lewis as Production Manager. Subsequently, Les Blank, Virgil Frye, Karen Black, Seymour Cassel, Francine Reid, Larry Marcus, were included. Jack Nicholson was hired after the New Orleans “shoot”. I never met Raphaelson and Snyder (?) who backed the film. Neither did I formally meet Terry Southern, credited with the screenplay. From my apercus the production proceeded admirably until the New Orleans shoot when there was a dispute about how much film was being used by the Director, Dennis Hopper. I was summarily fired from the production. The critics praised the film. Dennis was awarded “Best New Director” for ER.

 

There were no African Americans in the film as actors or participants in the production.

 

I didn’t have any contact with the production long after ER was released. The casualty rates on motorcycle accidents were so high that I asked Peter Fonda for a letter of intent to use to fund “Not So Easy”, an educational film on how to ride a motorcycle safely. Filmfair financed the film with full support of Harley Davidson. Harley Davidson provided Evel Knievel, who was under contract to them at the time. I had Evel Knievel’s Coliseum jump on film, and a performance by the LAPD motorcycle drill team. Two of my cronies from Hollywood Chosen Few appeared on film:”Rabbit, and “Billy Diamond” (deceased). It was required viewing at judicial traffic school for quite some time.

 

The motorcycles were designed and built by me in my back yard. My longtime friend and mentor Mr. Ben Hardy assisted me wholeheartedly. We had met when he taught me how to wire my first motorcycle, a 1947 “knucklehead” in 1961. He had contacts developed over years of repairing motorcycles in his shop on West Florence Ave. Jim Magnera of MC Supply was a valuable asset. He had arranged to act as my agent when Harley Davidson sold me an unnumbered engine (shovel head) which required a new law from the California Legislature. Mr. Magnera was also active in financing the burgeoning black motorcycle enterprise in South Central Los Angeles. Mr. Magnera and Mr.Hardy were instrumental in my relationships with motorcycle specialists in Los Angeles.

 

In the creation I had: Buchanan for frame fabrication, Dean Lanza, art work, Larry Hooper, upholstery, LAPD junk yard engines: rebuilt by Mr. Hardy. I don’t remember the chrome shop. Mr. Hardy also designed and constructed one of the fine points on the motorcycles. I had wanted something unique and he built the curved tail light brackets. I don’t remember the shop that tailored the leathers for ER.

 

After I had completed the construction of the machines, the registration (pink slip) was in the name of Pando Company. I asked Mr. Hardy to assemble the two disposable motorcycles in his shop. I was simply too busy with the daily task production of ER at the time to complete them at home.

 

I have never actually seen “Easy Rider”. It represented only a few months out of my 74 years. I had a lot of fun with the bikes and with the talented people I met while working on the film. I have special regard for Mr. James Magnera a man with foresight, who personally helped aspiring entrepreneurs in South Central Los Angeles. Mr. Ben Hardy who worked for me as a mentor and skillful craftsman on a dozen designs of my own motorcycles. Mr. Buchanan, the man to go to for excellent frame modification.

Mr. Dean Lanza, The Artist: Brilliantly designed my marijuana plant on candy-apple petrol tank. Mr. Larry Hooper, ever a fugitive…the best leather craftsman ever.

Mr. Larry Marcus knows more about tools than anyone.

 

Mr. Dennis Hopper, Director, underlined my contribution to the production of “Easy Rider”.

 

There has been a remarkable marketing of “custom motorcycles” since ER.

Items and modifications I worked out with Mr. Hardy et al are now manufactured on a production line. Harley Davidson had “Low Rider“. Innumerable entrepreneurs have made a good living popularizing and promoting the so called “chopper“.

I missed my fifteen minutes of fame…..

Clifford A. Vaughs

Tuesday 29 March, 2011

Portobelo, Panama

 

 

 

 

 


 

States That Honor Other States Permit/License to Carry a Concealed Weapon

•January 2, 2011 • 1 Comment

I was talking to another female biker friend the other day and she brought something to my attention that may be helpful to bikers to know what states will honor your license to carry a concealed weapon. So I thought I’d list the states and the other states they honor licenses from.

States That Honor This States Permit/License

 

State

 

www.handgunlaw.us

Last Updated: Jan. 1, 2011

Alabama 

AK*, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, ND, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, WY,  

*Alaska 

AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WV,WY,

Arizona

AK*, AL, AR, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WV, WY

Arkansas 

AK*, AL, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA,ME, MI, MN, MO, MN, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NV, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, VT, WV, WY,

California 

AK*, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KY, MI, MO, MT, NE, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*,  

**Colorado 

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NH, NC, ND, NE, NM, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, WY, 

Connecticut

AK*, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KY, MI, MO, MT, NE, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, 

Delaware 

AK*, AR, AZ, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MI, MO, NC, ND, NM, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WV, 

DC

Does not Issue permits and does not honor any states permits.

**Florida

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, NH, ND, NE, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WA, WV, WY

Georgia 

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, WY,  

Hawaii 

AK*, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, NE, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, 

Idaho

AK*, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, WY, 

Illinois 

Does not Issue permits and does not honor any states permits.

Indiana

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, WY,

Iowa

AK*, AZ, FL, ID, IN, KY, MI, MO, MT, NE, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, 

Kansas 

AK*, AR, AZ, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NV, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*,  

Kentucky 

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NH, ND, NE, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WV, WY,

Louisiana 

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NV, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WA, WV, WY,

**Maine

AK*, AR, AZ, DE, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, NE, OK, SD, TN, UT, VT*, WY, 

Maryland

AK*, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KY, MI, MO, MT, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, 

Massachusetts

AK*, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KY, MI, MO, MT, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, 

**Michigan 

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NH, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OH, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WA, WV, WY,

Minnesota

AK*, AR, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NM, NE, OK, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT*, WY 

Mississippi 

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MT, NC, NH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WA, WV, WY,  

Missouri 

AK*, AR, AL, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT* WA, WV, WY,

Montana 

AK*, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NM, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WY,  

Nebraska 

AK*, AZ, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, MT, NC, ND, NV, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WY, 

Nevada

AK*, AR, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*,

**New Hampshire

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, NC, ND, OK, PA, SD, TN, UT, VT*, WY  

New Jersey

AK*, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, MI, MO, MT, NE, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, 

New Mexico 

AK*, AZ, CO, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WY, 

New York 

AK*, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KY, MI, MO, MT, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, 

North Carolina 

AK*, AL, AZ, AR, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WA, WV, WY

North Dakota

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NM, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WV, WY,

Ohio 

AK*, AR, AZ, DE, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT*, WA, WV, WY,  

Oklahoma 

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MT, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, OH, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WA, WV, WY,

Oregon

AK*, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KY, MI, MO, MT, NE, OK, SD, TN, UT, VT*, 

Pennsylvania

AK*, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MT, NC, ND, NH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WV, WY 

Puerto Rico 

IA, IN, MO, 

Rhode Island

AK*, AZ, IA, ID, IN, KY, MI, MO, NE, NV, OK, SD, TN, TX***, UT, VT*, 

**South Carolina

AK*, AR, AZ, DE, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WV, WY,  

South Dakota 

AK*, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, ME, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WV, WY, 

Tennessee

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, ND, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, WY,

Texas

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT*, WY  

Utah

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT*, WA, WV, WY,

*Vermont 

Does not Issue CCW’s

US Virgin Islands 

IA, IN, MO, 

Virginia

AK*, AR, AZ, DE, FL, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT*, WV, WY  

Washington

AK*, AR, AZ, FL, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, MT, MO, NC, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, 

West Virginia 

AK*, AR, AZ, DE, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NV, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, UT, VA, VT*, WY, 

Wisconsin 

Does not issue Permits and does not honor any states permits.

Wyoming 

AK*, AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KY, LA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT*, WV 

Illinois (IL) and Wisconsin (WI) are “Non CCW issue states”.**Colorado (CO), Michigan (MI), South Carolina (SC), New Hampshire (NH), Florida (FL),

and Maine (ME) only honor permits from residents of the issuing states. (* Vermont, Alaska & Arizona, Anyone who can legally own a firearm can 

carry it concealed. No Permit/license is required.) TX*** only honors AG issued permit from RI. States in red issue Non-Resident Permits. IN, IA,

MD, NJ, OR & TN have a very restrictive Non-Resident issue policies.

Mandatory Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

•November 28, 2010 • 2 Comments

 

 

We tend to forget things if they aren’t brought to our attention again and again. So I am coupling the efforts of other motorcycle rights organizations around the country on H.R. 1498.

Mandatory Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints have been conducted in most of all the US this year. Conducted under the ruse of a “Safety Check”, these checkpoints (or roadblocks) were for motorcycles ONLY! The MMA believes these checks are being conducted illegally and are discriminatory in nature, to say the least. Before the season starts again let’s get busy and stand united to put a stop to this endeavor. This crap started around Labor Day in California.

NHTSA has actually made available $350,000 of Taxpayer-Funded Grant Money specifically to fund these checkpoints across the Unites States. While law enforcement officials may defend the program as a safety measure to decrease motorcycle crashes, injuries and fatalities, there is no proof of its effectiveness. The practice, first modeled in New York State, has drawn the ire of thousands of motorcyclists nationally. I firsthand have posted an article about the grant money they’ve received in California to defend this profiling tactic.

This constant profiling is more evidence of attempts targeting our motorcycling community. This CTA requests all members of the motorcycling community participate and is supported by every Motorcycle Rights Organizations (MRF, AMA, TMRA2, TMRA, ABATE) and must be carried out and delivered efficiently and effectively.

Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) has drafted House Resolution 1498 supporting efforts to retain a ban on NHTSA’s ability to lobby State Legislators using Taxpayer Federal dollars through the “Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstration” grant program.

All motorcyclists need to participate by writing, calling, emailing and faxing Ray LaHood, David Strickland, and most importantly your elected United States representatives! Ask your Legislators for their support of H.R. 1498 and do it today!

Each State should have the right to determine their own helmet policies and we do NOT support David Strickland’s position of wanting to, “put a helmet on every motorcyclists head” to reduce accidents and fatalities. Statistics prove that motorcycle safety and awareness education programs in conjunction with rider training programs across the country have a far greater impact in reducing accidents, injuries, and fatalities. The funding the government has set aside ($350,000) for supposed “Safety Checks” would be much better spent with a research-based national motorcycle crash causation study such as the one currently underway at Oklahoma State University. This sentiment is supported by Sensenbrenner and many of his colleagues in Congress through recently introduced H. Res. 1498.

 

U.S. Secretary of Transportation NHTSA – National Highway

Traffic Safety Administration

Ray LaHood- Administrator

David Strickland – Administrator

1200 New Jersey Ave.SE 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE

Washington, DC 20590 Washington DC, 20590

202-366-4000 or 202-366-4000

 

It’s Your Turn To Shine with Big Willie Car & Bike Products

•July 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Big Willie Car Products


 

This is Big Willie’s Story; he has been in the Automotive Industry for over 10 years. I’ve been told and will be able to personally let you know shortly how this product works. I should have my own bottle here shortly. I believe it will do what he says because Big Willie is my homie and my other homie “E” from the Rare Breed MC Atlanta Chapter sanctioned the product too. Big Willie’s Car Products will give you professional finishing to your motorcycles or your cars. Professional detailing at an affordable price; what more can you ask for.

The very best in the market!

National Bikers Roundup…I have more rooms available!

•May 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I have been contacted on numerous occasions about rooms for the National Bikers Roundup in Columbia, Missouri. Well I have some great news that I have located available rooms, however the location is about 50 miles out. The rate is well worth it and the rooms are held through my corporate account rate of $38.28 a night from August 3rd through August 8th.

This is one reason I’ve informed everyone before to setup an account with CheckINN Direct to save on rooms where ever you may travel. The location is Super 8 Motel and I have a block of rooms, 60 to be exact. So if you are in need of rooms I need you to contact me via email at goldie@goldie1779blackbikers.com.

The key code “BlackBikers” has been reactivated with CheckINN Direct so you can setup your account. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity. As you see it does work to have it because this is how I am able to help you.

I will know by next week if I will have more rooms available at a new Motel that is closer. They will have 60 rooms and I have reserved all of the rooms to help everyone who doesn’t have rooms yet. The rate for the rooms will be comparable to the rate at Super 8 Motel; around $35.00 to $45.00 per night. It is imperative that you continue to check my website to see when rooms are available and I will give you the code to reserve your rooms.

Let me be very clear the rooms will be paid by you on your credit card. Each person will be responsible for your own amenities and room rate. All I am doing is making it convenient for those who couldn’t find rooms available for the event. My website is Black Bikers Experience.

LET’S BE RESPONSIBLE AND MAKE BETTER DECISIONS WHILE RIDING.

•April 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment


 

 

LOOK TWICE, SAVE A LIFE!!!! MOTORCYCLISTS HAVE RIGHTS TOO!!!

It has taken me a moment to digest what has been happening on the road to riders who live in Georgia. With no exaggeration there has been since riding season started the middle of March seventeen bikers hurt and out of the seventeen at least 5 to 6 have died.

Now I thought about it and said this is not the time to blame anyone for how we’re riding reckless out here and who may have been the mentor of these aggressive riders that promote this bad and unsafe behavior. Riders have to help Riders stay alive. We have a responsibility to each other to do whatever we have to do to keep someone alive another day.

I’m sorry to say 99% has been male and all sport bikes. So what’s up? I am a victim of riding and allowing myself to let others push me beyond my limit and make a decision to get back on a bike that was unsafe and I could have died. That shit won’t happen again. We don’t want to be left behind or called soft cause we won’t do the stunts and tricks others are doing.

I know we tend to get this intrepid mindset once we’ve had a few drinks or what else you use that is considered a mind or mood altering substance, to blast, do donuts, wheelies, fly between vehicles on the road…you know what I’m talking about. If this is what happens to you and you don’t know your limit then damn it you don’t need to ride when you are drinking. We can’t be afraid to flatten tires, take keys, knock their ass out or whatever it takes to keep them alive another day.

This behavior is the most selfish thing you can do to your friends and family because you probably don’t have insurance, 401K, savings or something stashed for a rainy day. Then here we go with all these fundraisers every damn week, why because most of the times it’s for a person’s selfish behavior why money needs to be raised to help offset the funeral cost.

I love everybody man and it’s high time for clubs and riders to become accountable for this insidious behavior; the safety of their riders on the road. I was blown away this weekend we had seven riders down and 3 deaths from the seven. This shit ain’t funny and it’s getting real old too soon.

This is a suggestion that I brought up to another female rider about the Georgia Council deciding what the consequence should be to the club and the rider for acting a damn fool on two’s. Since most of us are willing to change rather quickly when it hits us in our pockets; then fines are what I am proposing for their asses! If it appears to be consistent with a particular club, then black ball them or refuse to let them fly their colors until they have taken a safety course and have documentation that they’ve completed it successfully. We have to stay aware of motorists that are aggressive, on cell phones, texting or not knowing how to respond to us on the road.

You have to implement drastic measures for drastic times…it’s that time. The dialog must start with finding the solution to keep riders alive this season and the seasons too come. We forget our bikes have been up from say December to March and we need to acclimate ourselves to the level we were in the previous season. Some ride all year and they don’t get rusty but some of us do. Ride your ride and don’t give a damn about what someone may think about you not wanting to lose your life.

Hello world!

•February 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

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