2012 Pate Swap Meet


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This year marked the 40th year of the Pate Swap Meet at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. This annual event brings people from all over the country to see and swap  automobile related items, motorcycles, vintage collectibles, and … Continue reading

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An amazing collection….

I recently got to see a truly amazing collection of motorcycles and bicycles owned by my friend Matt. He used to race Motocross back in the day and has admited to spending too much time over the years searching for rare and interesting things with wheels. Everything in his house and garage has a unique history and story, and each piece deserves it’s own post. Here are just a few pictures of his collection. The Pro Circuit bike ridden by Ricky Carmichael may have to wait until next time.

As you walk inside his house to you can’t help but notice vintage dirt bikes and racing artwork.  I’ll give major credit to Matt’s wife for allowing such things inside.

Kelly Telfer's painting captures the spirit of Danny "Magoo" Chandler. Magoo signed the painting just before his death in 2010.

A Honda CR125 Elsinore makes a great piece for the foyer.


A 1973 Honda XR75 in the office.


This little bike came out of Weatherford, Texas and is almost perfect condition. Yes, that's original paint.

The first glimpe into the garage is overwhelming from all the eye candy. Even the walls are covered in Motocross memorabilia including Matt’ s own motorcross gear. Being a car junkie myself, I first gravitate to the impeccable Porsche 944.

The first glimpse into the garage is overwhelming from all the eye candy.


Only 24,000 miles on this 944. It just needs a dirt bike hauler to carry the vintage Honda MR50.


Am I only the person that sees 1980's cool in a US-spec low-impact bumper?

Original FMF Team Replica BMX bike from 1976.


1975 Yamaha YZ125

An Original Pro Circuit Team Honda from 1991.


Derbi GPR 50

1997 Bimota YB11.

1978 Bimota KB1 that recently came out of a backyard in Dallas.

Original patina and Campagnolo rims.


2009 Viper ACR.

Big Thanks to Matt for showing me everything. I learned a lot about bikes I’m not too familiar with and now I’m inspired to keep an eye out for a BMW rim for my backyard.     – Grant GriffinUPDATE: New addition to the collection, a Montesa Grey Ghost MX 125.  Number 711 of 1,884 made between 1970 and 1972.

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Dallas Rockers vs Mods #6

Last weekend marked the sixth annual 2012 Rockers vs Mods Rally in Dallas. It just keeps getting larger every year and this year was no exception.

A rare Vespa Grand Sport 160 (Mark I) with period-correct accoutrements.

Rockers vs Mods is a scooter and motorcycle rally that pays homage to  Britain’s Rocker and Mod youth subculture and the now legendary skirmishes at seaside resorts such as Brighton. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, go watch The Who’s 1979 film Quadrophenia immediately (or at least the trailer).  Then you’ll be up to speed on what’s going on with the glamed out motorscooters, dandy suits, cafe bikes, and leather. This is not your grandad’s or your accountant’s Harley rally.

Here are some of the pictures I took over the three day event.

Friday evening started at the historic Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff were hundreds of scooters and motorcycles faced off.

Are you a mod?

Carlos Cardoza with his custom suit and custom Mod Vespa. If you know Carlos, you're aware of how camera shy he is. I couldn't believe I was able to get this shot.

Are you a Rocker?

Peter Gould and his Ducati.


The Saturday morning ride had the Rockers and Mods split up for lunch. Vespa Dallas threw a great party for the Mods while the Rockers went to RPM Cycle.  Afterwards we rode downtown and across the newly-opened Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

My Son, Barron (2.5), learned the differences between a Lambretta SX200, Silver Special, and GP150.

Mark Roberts, our fearless leader and event organizer on his Vespa Rat Bike.

Scooters as far as you could see on Greenville Avenue.

Notice the newly inked tattoo.

Saturday afternoon’s event had great bands and cold beer to help keep cool. It was the last day of March and the Texas sun was brutal.  There were some amazing bikes you don’t see everyday.

An Ariel Leader.

I won’t incriminate anyone with photos from the late night party. I  don’t think I was the only one who didn’t make the Bomb the Bridges run Sunday morning either, but I heard it was a blast.  Early afternoon meet-up was at The Dubliner on Lower Greenville, the Get Bent Scooter Club’s usual Sunday afternoon hangout.  Sunday events at most rallies are dead, but the place was packed and going strong.

Mod vs Rocker.


Close up of the Honda Z50 Mini Trail.

The famous Rocio Ildemaro and renowned master scooter restorer, Vic Fletchall. Rocio's Vespa 150 Super is lovingly nicknamed, "Mustard Asshole."

The End. Thanks for checking us out and please “like” the Sir Wheelsy Facebook page.                - Grant Griffin

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