October 13, 2019
October Vintage Bike OC Meet
Tony Barrett Tony Barrett 1963-2019

Huntington Beach, Calif. - We had great weather and a nice turnout of 81 bikes for our meet today. There was a wide variety of bikes, something for everyone. The votes were cast almost evenly among the top five bikes.

BAM: Breakdown and Legal Assistance for Motorcyclists
Selena Turner, a So Cal Marketing Representative for Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys spent her Sunday afternoon with us promoting their BAM program. Learn more about it at:

Bike of the Month - Robb Ezzell
Robb Ezzell of Corona Del Mar with his 1951 BMW R25/2
Congratulations to Robb Ezzell of Corona Del Mar for winning Bike of the Month with his 1951 BMW R25/2. Robb won the Bike of the Month plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Robb has owned this BMW for nearly 50 years. He bought it as an 18 year old on a trip to Germany after High School.

Read all about Robb's 1951 BMW R25/2 on our Bike of the Month page.

Second Place Tie - Don Reynolds
Don Reynolds of West Covina with his 1973 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV
Don Reynolds of West Covina tied for Second with his 1973 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV 750.

Don has owned this bike for three years. It started life in Iowa, then Texas and made it's way to California where Don fixed the bent engine rod and brought it back to life.

Second Place Tie - Larry Thomas
Larry Thomas of Laguna Naguel with his 1965 Honda 150 Dream
Larry Thomas of Laguna Naguel tied for Second with his 1965 Honda 150 Dream.

Larry bought this bike eight years ago for his daughter and did a complete restoration. His daughter is now serving in the military.

Honorable Mention - John Barns
1964 Honda CL72 250
Honorable mention to John Barns of Costa Mesa for his 1964 Honda CL72 250.

Honorable Mention - Eric Lane
1976 Yamaha IT400C
Honorable mention to Eric Lane of Chino for his 1976 Yamaha IT400C.

In Memorium - Tony Barrett of Costa Mesa
Tony Barrett with his 1978 Yamaha DT400
Tony Barrett at the April 2018 meet.

Tonight I was thinking of Tony Barrett of Costa Mesa who was a member of our group for many years. In April 2018, he took Second place with his 1978 Yamaha DT400. He told me that day that he'd been recently diagnosed with ALS disease, and that this Yamaha would be his last build.

After an internet search I found the sad news that Tony lost his battle to ALS last April 2019. For the year after his diagnosis, Tony fought hard and raised over $35,000 for the ALS Association and donated his body to research. UCI Alumnus Tony Barrett donates his body to the UCI School of Medicine. Tony will be missed at our meets.

Thanks to everyone for showing up and making this another great event. A special thanks to Debbie and Tom Hopkins for helping out with the voting today. I'll see you at next month's meet, November 10, 2019.

Keep On Ridin',
Joe Kagerer

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