Redface Redskin

This '40 Chief has been transformed over two years from a 'bastard case' to an award-winning, fine-running bob-job by Dave 'Redface' Tucker.

Talked to him last night about the tribulations involved in this project: "cock-ups, letdowns and bullshit" is how he described having to deal with one well known machine shop. In the end, he drove up there, retrieved his boxes of engine parts and did everything himself with the help of good friends like 'Indian Tim' Berry.

It deservedly won best bike at Low Level 2 and best Indian at Linkert Aattcks.

My hat is off to you mate. Beautiful job.

Feature coming soon in the next issue.

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