I got these pictures from Len Cottrell a member of the Ram Rods CC since 1964. They are from some of their shows back in the early 1960's at the National Guard Armory in Washington DC. Their car show eventually went on to become the World Of Wheels Show in DC one of the top National Shows in the country.
They had a garage in the Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg for quite a while, but it now sits empty. I do not know the current status of the club, but would love to hear form anybody that does.
I know the car kulture scene was huge here in the local area in the 1960's and hope that others who were living the life of fast hot rods and kool kustoms of the time would like to share their pics and stories. Just email them to Bingo@KultureBlog.com . If you want to see more of these pics from the Ram Rods CC, check out the Vintage Kulture feature in the features & articles section of the Blogazine.
The owner of this bike brings it to the Rolling Thunder weekend events at Battley Harley-Davidson in Gaithersburg. It is one of the bikes I looked forward to seeing every year. It is as pristine as any new bike, and its one owner has kept it completely documented having everything from the original Bill of Sale forward.
He proudly shows the bike along with some of those documents in the main parking lot, and its was a rare moment that I was able to grab some pics with out a crowd circling it.
I am glad to see such an original bike and a prideful owner who believes in preserving the history and lifespan of his motorcycle. The roughly 8x4 spot he parks the bike on becomes like a time machine trip or a museum. The other thing I love about this bike is that I've never seen it on a trailer, so its gets seen, heard and watched in motion and that is kool.
While sharing a a booth with Shiftpoint Magazine at the East Coast Indoor Nationals back in 2010, we were set up across from the Jaags Cycles display. Jeff Gray owner of Jaags had his build Acid Trip on display along with his Marilyn Monroe bike and a few others. While all of his bikes drew a crowd all day, this particular bike really stood out. The paint work and metal work and custom touches throughout made this one unique bike worthy of all of the attention and trophies it garnered.
The H-D Panhead motor and psychedelic 1960's paint work by Kenny Dean and custom seat by local kulture legend John Longo really gave this bike a way back hippy trippy look and a fit in finish that could compete at any national level show.
Jaags Cycles was once located here in the Mid-Atlantic in Hollywood, Maryland but have now moved on to sunny year round building and riding in Florida. Their shop will be missed in our region, but from the quality of their builds it looks like they are going to be making their mark in the custom building scene for a long while.