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Santa Catalina Island 2 years 10 months ago #1580

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The name Catalina came up twice unexpectedly since last week. First, my old Catalina Scrambler returned to me 33 years after I gave it to my best friend in 1985 who helped me to get it on the road in 1966 and then I found a fascinating article - www.popularmechanics.com/culture/movies/...ie-wood-final-film/- about the unfortunate movie star who was found dead near the shore of Santa Catalina Island back in the 80's.
I traded a C15 and an overhaul on a Triumph for the Goldie way back when and had many adventures on and off road for near 20 years. I went back to school and it sat idle until my friend called in his option on it. I thought it went to Florida with him years past, but it was sitting all along in his nephew's barn. I think it's going to run again with a little work. I had to shovel a channel for the tires to scoot it under a big machine shop surfacer that was holding it captive.
It's no beauty. I took it to a Gold Star meet in upstate NY in 1977, had a wonderful time, meet one of the Brits responsible for it's design and then was excluded from the group photo. Great bunch and I would have rejected any club that would have allowed my bike in their official photograph. It was and still is butt ugly. But it ran great with that lightened flywheel.
Catalina Island is a place of exotic beauty and motorcycle romance to me. Just think about those scrambles around that sun drenched and salt sea air infused race track, more like today's supermoto races I'd imagine. This article is about the movie Wood and Christopher Walken were making when they happened to be on her husband's boat near Catalina Island. The movie, Natalie's last, is about virtual reality. The technology this director had invented is even more interesting than the fictional stuff in the movie. Of course we have a version of virtual reality today, but this guy was way ahead of things. Read this article.
I'll send a picture of the DBD34 Catalina Scrambler as soon as I wash off the guano deposits.
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