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    Reggie Pink,the guy that brought TT[Tourist Trophy] racing to USA from europe

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    MARSH MOTORCYCLE CO. 36 NORTH ROAD,WAREHOUSE POINT,CONN


    Freddie "DEMON" Marsh...amassed an amateur racing career that lasted longer than many people live. Propelled by a love for motorcycling that persisted even after he surpassed 100 years of age, Marsh raced in seven different decades. He also owned dealerships in Connecticut from 1926 until the time of his death in 2003.

    He would work for W.L. Hayes, who owned a cycle shop in Hartford. At first, Marsh only worked on bicycles but soon graduated to motorcycles and eventually was asked by the Indian Motorcycle Co. to open a dealership.

    His dealership opened in 1926 in Hartford. Marsh Motorcycle Co. remained there until after World War II when he was forced from Hartford because another more established dealership claimed the territory.

    Marsh was still actively riding motorcycles well into his 80s but was unable to renew his license at age 88 because he was losing his sight.
    He raced Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles when he was in his 20s and became well-known on the racing circuit.
    The motorcycles reached speeds of up to 100 mph in those days.
    "We'd wire the throttle wide open and hit a kill switch going into the corners"

    He won the Northeast Amateur Championship in Canton in the 1920s because the kill switch on his motorcycle didn't work.

    He discovered a small shop on Route 5 in East Windsor and turned it into his new dealership. At first the business struggled in East Windsor.

    The effort paid off and business grew to the point that Marsh had to find a bigger place. In 1955, he built his business's current home on North Road. But around that time he had to find another motorcycle to sell because Indian Motorcycle went out of business.

    A Moto Guzzi dealer in West Hartford closed and Marsh said he was able to take over as the dealer for the area. The Moto Guzzi is a popular motorcycle among more mature riders in their 50s and 60s, Marsh said. Many of the customers own two or three motorcycles.

    Fred J. Marsh, 103, of East Windsor, died June 8, 2003. Fred was a motorcycle dealer for 77 years. He raced on cinder and dirt tracks up to age 68, and last hill climbed at age 89. He was inducted into both the Indian Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the American Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Fred was a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force during World War II.

    When the local news asked him the secret of his longevity, Fred calmly replied, "Just keep breathing and riding motorcycles."












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    B & D MOTORCYCLES, ROUTE US 1,AND SCOTT AVE., RAHWAY,N.J.

    Located on the northbound side of Route 1. The couple owned the dealership for approximately 40 years.Then one day HD said they would have to expand with a big showroom and boutique for the new HD rider. Bill said ... go [email protected]@@ Yourself and HD shut them down. No thanks for 40 years of service and sales, just like all the other Mom & Pop owners.

    Here are some pics, and I will post a some pages from Iron Horse magazine to get the whole story.






















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    These are the pages from Iron Horse. They are readable if you zoom in.











    Shop gone now a Quick Check.


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    Knights of the Roaring Wheels” in front of Musil’s Sports Shop, March 1938. Ott Musil on far left.

    In 1934, Otto “Ott” M. Musil opened the useful Musil’s Sports Shop at 704 9th Street, in the former location of his competitor, known as the Fix-It Shop. Ott’s store was the place to go for a myriad of services and sporting equipment. He specialized in selling and repairing bicycles, guns, ammunition, and motorcycles. In 1938, Ott sold reconditioned motorcycles starting at $100, and a Roadmaster bicycle sold for $34.50 in 1940; prices that are hard for us to imagine these days!

    Ott sold and worked on more than just the two-wheeled variety of sporting equipment. He also sold wagons, ice-skates, and even doll carriages! He was a genuine jack-of-all-trades. In addition, the shop repaired vacuum cleaners, tennis rackets, conducted various metal grinding services, and lock and key fitting.

    Aside from guns, Ott’s other passion lay in motorcycles. He might be considered a “bad boy” in today’s terms, but the handsome and confident Ott was already taken. In March 1938, motorcycling had a dramatic comeback in Greeley, and Ott and his friends decided to organize a motorcycle club. They called themselves the “Knights of the Roaring Wheels”, and at the time nineteen members joined their ranks. Ott Musil was quickly elected the president of the club, and meetings were often held at the Musil Sports Shop. The club was not simply a fun way to pass the afternoons, it also emphasized safety for riders and traffic as its mission.

    Members of the motorcycle club, which continued after Musil’s departure to California, also participated in competitive motorcycle events at Island Grove Park. In 1950, the motorcycle speed race was won by Russ Markley of Greeley, at 125 miles per hour.

    Ott Musil ran the Musil Sports Shop until 1948 when he sold it to A. C. Stoner and Allen Harshbarger. The Musil family decided to move to Pasadena, California where Ott began a custom guns workshop. The new owners kept the name Musil’s Sport Shop, but their ownership was short lived. By 1954 the sports shop was no longer.

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    SIDECAR, Thanks for posting the Iron Horse article about B&D Cycle. I saved that issue and packed it away somewhere and can't find it now.

    I bought a new Road King in spring of '98. Not long after that was when I first heard about Bill's battle with the MoCo and read the article you posted (Top of #545).

    That was it for me. Haven't bought anything of consequence from H-D since then and don't ever intend to.
    Last edited by droptopford; 04-01-2020 at 02:12 PM.

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    I posted this shop before found some more pics and info .....NATIONAL CYCLE AND REPAIR CO. .... http://www.caimag.com/forum/showthre...d-shops/page30 . Joe Robl instrumental in getting the Ace Motorcycle Club started. I'm using this as an intro to the Ace Motorcycle Club. Joe Robl is on the bikes in these pics.












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    This is the Ace Motorcycle Club Oshkosh,WI.

    The Oshkosh Ace Motorcycle Club was formed in 1928 at National Cycle, an Oshkosh Harley Davidson dealership. Our predecessors and founders of the Original club were Clarence Robl and Carl Reigh. Joe Robl, the owner of National Cycle was also instrumental in the club's creation. Club meetings were held in a building behind the dealership and the club was active in numerous racing and hill climbing activities over the years. They also won several trophies and safety awards. The "Originals" had weekly rides and other enjoyable activities, all related to the sport of motorcycling. The club was active into the late 1950's and was re-started in the year 2000 by four friends, one of whom found an early period club shirt at a rummage sale.












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    If anyone has ANYTHING from Bob's Harley, which used to be in Harvard, Illinois, I would absolutely love to see it! Bob is still alive (91 years old) and a dear friend. He and his wife would love to see it. Of course, they don't have a computer, so I would have to bring my laptop to them to look.

    DD

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