Q. Did you have any encounters with Police or local law enforcement?
Oh yes for sure we did. Most of them were pretty kewl but one was a complete …….. well let’s just say I didn’t care for him. He wrote us up on SEVERAL counts for moving violation that would be against our drivers license. There was speed competition, exceeding the speed limit, reckless driving. And NONE of it was true, he was just being a ….……. . My brother and I received the citations and we had to go to court. When we appeared the judge had only read what the cop had written about the violations. So he didn’t know we were on trikes. He asked “what kind of vehicle we were driving”? I said “we were driving tricycles your honor”. The entire court room burst into laughter. Even the judge was laughing. He had to gavel everyone to be quiet so he could continue with the arraignment. So he asks “you weren’t driving a car”? I answered “no sir just tricycles”. Again the court room laughed. I had the article from the Times with me and explained what they were. To make a long story short he determined that since we had no pedals that neither the automobile or bicycle laws applied to us. However he let us go under one condition that we brake no laws for 30 days. The court room applauded his ruling as we walked out.
Q. Did you experience sledging or attitudes from other new fringe sports of the era?
No not really. We had a couple of luge guys run with us one day. For sure there were no attitudes just people out having fun.
Q. One trike component you made/manufactured because it was not readily available?
Well of course that would be the frame. At first I only had one vertical tube. It failed on the second run. I added the second vertical tube and that’s the trike frame that you see today and was in the LA Times article.
Q. Did the trike just hang on the wall for all to admire before you restored it?
Actually no. It was up in the attic when Sharon (significant other) found it. She was putting away Christmas ornaments and stumbled on to it, it was way in the back corner. Sharon is the one that really wanted me to restore it.
Q. What means of transport did you use to get back up the top?
We had my 1963 VW bus that you see in the movie following us and my brother had an El Camino truck.
Q. How did the media of the time find you and was their attitude positive?
Well one of the riders had a friend that worked at the LA Times. He told his boss about it and the next thing I know is they wanted to do a piece on us. As for attitude is was very positive as it was something new and unusual.
Q. Do you think a modern 21st century free wheeling hub would have made the trike more utilizable ie riding the local beach paths shopping strip malls and towns in general?
I think if we had a freewheel hub it for sure would have made us slide more in the turns. The big difference between how we rode and what I see now is that we were actually racing and not sliding for style points. So for us since we had no pedals we tried to keep the slide minimal. We didn’t have pedals for us to pick up speed quickly again. It was all about momentum. The more you slid the more likely you were going to get passed. However, there were some turns that were so tight our slides look exactly like what I see in the videos of today.