August 8, 2010

Mr. Big’s Blog – “GouldingSidecars.Com”

Welcome to www.GouldingSidecars.com.  Still kind of amazed at how all this came about but here’s the story.  After purchasing my 1941 WLA Harley Davidson last year, I was cruising the forum here and a vintage bike with a sidecar caught my eye.  Not sure why, but I was just drawn to it and I could picture myself being a “sidecar guy”.  I made some inquiries about what would be correct for my bike and forum member “Sarge” gave me a quick lesson on Goulding’s and the Litecar or Ls sidecar that was manufactured for the HD “45”.  He also pointed me in the direction of “Clydeflathead” (Dave), a forum member he knew to be well versed in this area.

Mark (Mr.Big) Dave (Clydeflathead) Ron (Gouldingboy)

Mark (Mr.Big) Dave (Clydeflathead) Ron (Gouldingboy)

 

I contacted Dave and from PM’s to emails to phone conversations a couple times a week, the search was on.  Just one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet and he was more than happy to educate me and assist in my search for a Goulding sidecar.  He told me about the friendship he had developed with Ron Rae, grandson of James Goulding and author of The Goulding Album and how they would meet periodically to discuss all things Goulding.

Original paint Goulding Ls Dave found at Wauseon

Original paint Goulding Ls Dave found at Wauseon

 

The more time I spent chatting with Dave, the more impressed I became with his passion and thirst for knowledge on the Goulding sidecar.  I told him that all his research was fantastic and he should write a book detailing the technical aspects of these sidecars.  Ron had covered the family history in The Goulding Album but there was nothing out there for the enthusiast wanting information on Goulding sidecars for their restoration.

Dave wasn’t sure he could devote the time it would take to publish a book so I got to thinking, why not a website?  So I went online and registered the name and called up Dave and pitched the idea.  You guys feed me the information you want on it and I’ll put it on the website.  Actually, it was better than a book, I told him, because it could always be changed and updated as new information became available.  Dave said he’d think about it and talk it over with Ron.

A couple weeks went by and I got a call from Dave.  He and Ron had discussed it, decided it was a great idea, and what do we need to do to get started they asked.  “Yikes,” I gulped, “now I’ve got to do this!”  Let me preface all this by saying that I am no big time webmaster.  In fact, I know just enough to be dangerous.  But I was up for it and thought it would be a great addition for the vintage motorcycling community and, as a history buff, it was right up my alley. 

So, after several hundred emails between Dave, Ron, and myself I believe we have a great start on it.  Ron was especially helpful with his experience in graphic design which shows in the artwork he did for the website and Dave’s technical expertise never ceases to amaze me as he constantly strives for perfection.  It’s a long way from being finished and probably never will be as we hope others interested in these wonderful sidecars will help us find better and more detailed information.

I want to thank Dave and Ron for giving me the opportunity to participate in this project and last month, Dave invited me to the AMCA meet in Wauseon where we all got to meet in person for the first time and it was truly an amazing experience.

And by the way Sarge, this is all your fault……..

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Comments on Mr. Big’s Blog – “GouldingSidecars.Com”

August 9, 2010

Sarge @ 4:15 pm

If it wasn’t an exaggeration, I might resemble that remark! You give me too much credit, Mark. You created a great, new home for all things to do with Goulding sidecars, Ray, Dave and Mark! Congratulations to all of you! You guarantee that the legacy of Goulding Sidecars will live on. Great job!

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