Header: graphic goes here My Friend Paul Hunt: Introduction
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I first met Paul & Stu (Stu Peters- yes, that CMC Stu) during Christmas holidays in 1954. For a few years prior I had Doodle Bugs (a small motorscooter) and Whizzer motorbikes.
My mother (bless her soul) gave me a brand new NSU Quickly 50cc motorbike
for Christmas. A few days later I was on top of "Chalk Hill",
the highest peak in that area of Woodland Hills, and met these two guys
riding 'real' motorcycles. I was only 13, Paul & Stu were much older,
even old enough to drive! (a few years makes a big difference at that
age) I was overjoyed at meeting some local riders that I could ride with.
They laughed at how something that small could even get to the top of
the hill. 50cc & 30:1 gearing climbs anything - however slowly! (actually,
the downhills gave me enough 'power' to keep up with them)
By the end of 1955 I was able to get a real motorcycle, an Ariel 200cc
Colt (basically a de-stroked C15 BSA). By 1956 we went to many of the
local scrambles tracks such as Crater Bowl, Shamrock Park, etc. Stu, Paul
and myself joined the Scramblers MC for racing camaraderie.
For the next few years, until 1960 when Paul went to Germany in the Army,
we rode many local races, Perris and the premier event, Catalina.
Paul & I hung around Bud Ekin's (Tarzana, Ca) Triumph shop doing
miscellaneous assembly & repairs. Bud called us his "house apes"
:) For me it was like a dream come true. Bud, the fastest scrambles racer,
opening up a shop in 1956 just a few blocks from my home. I felt that
only a god could win the 1955 Catalina Grand Prix (by 8min 55sec) over
the fastest riders California had. Bud had recently returned from Europe
and knew things the local riders did not.
Brown's "How to Ride and Win" book just added to the fascination
of Bud's ability. I'm sure Paul had a similar appreciation of the opportunity.
Paul's father, Olin, was an enthusiastic supporter of dirt racing and
followed most of his activities. Not sure Paul appreciated it much, but
Stu and I would have killed for a father like that. Stu was raised by
only his mother. My father was a Beverly Hills lawyer and having a son
who loved motorcycles was tantamount to murder. In fact, one time I asked
about buying a new motorcycle and my dad responded with "why not
buy you a gun and get it over with quickly". -it was an uphill battle
for me most the time. Marlon Brando's 1954 movie, "The Wild Ones",
did not help any.
Paul had a number of machines. The first I remember was a James. He always
did an excellent job of preparing his motorcycles.
-- more to follow about Paulson Dunbar Hunt, if you desire -- Pres
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