I got an e-mail today from Billy. He made a cool movie that I am a big fan of. Seems this past weekend was the 35th anniversary of the Repack downhill. Damn, we have come pretty far in just 35 years. I would love to see some more pictures from this event, but he just sent over one…
I hope all is well in your world. Last weekend was the 35th anniversary of the first Repack race. A bunch of us went up there and had a grand old time. Joe Breeze, Charlie Kelly, Alan Bonds and some other local luminaries made their way up that old goat track. Seemed like every Ranger in Marin was up there. I rode (crashed) a nice ’39 Schwinn. The good news is the bike’s okay!
UPDATE: Ask and you shall receive! Billy just sent over some more pictures…
Joe pulled out Breezer #1 from the Oakland Museum. Here it is in his garage before we headed up the hill. He didn't ride it, since he's packing it up for installation into The Smithsonian. He did ride Breezer #4 on the ride. That bike was made for the Queen of Klunking, Wende Cragg. That had the more typical nickel plating. Only #1 had the blue paint and truss rod fork.
This was my ride, a 1939 Schwinn DX built up by Alan Bonds
Here's Wende's bike at the start line of Repack. Joe rode this one down the hill with reckless abandon.
A very early 'MountainBikes/Ritchey' that was restored as a replica of Charlie Kelly's old bike. Charlie was visibly impressed by the attention to detail.
A very early Koski Pro-Cruiser from the 78-79 period owned by Fat Tire Trading Poster Chris Ioakimedes
Some of the folks at the top of the hill.
Even the Rangers were taking pictures and asking for autographs. They might have let us slide a bit on the 15MPH speed limit. I said 'might'.