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Von Dutch Monday XIII

Ok, how cool is this? A roller skate powered by a nitro- burning 2 stroke engine. Just your average '50's girl's steel wheeled sidewalk roller skate powered by a .23 ci. engine, that turned 13,000 RPM according to the letter Dutch sent Hot Rod magazine that showed up in their Nov. '55 issue. You'll notice that in the specs Dutch painted on the skate, it says 1,300 RPM. Dutch said the ignition was via glow plug, and the engine had a counterbalanced, double ended crankshaft mounted in ball bearings. The rear wheels mounted directly to the crankshaft ends. Holy cow.

This thing actually worked. Somewhere I have a photo of Von Dutch tearing down the street on the skates, with a teather string for a throttle. I can't find it right now, but when I do, I'll post it up for you to see.

Some people have said that both the pair of skates were powered, but Dutch only powered one of them. That was how you "stopped" yourself - when you had scared yourself silly on them, you raised the powered skate off the ground to "stop" yourself. Sidewalk cracks must have been a bitch!

Here's a drawing of a 2 stroke pogo stick that Dutch sent along with another photo of his roller skate to Hot Rod magazine, that they published in their Nov. '55 issue. Dutch said in part, in the acompaning letter, that the pogo stick ".....is under construction now (pilot model), to be available in one, two, and three story hop models".

Now, I've never seen a photo of the finished pogo stick, and I've always read that Von Dutch never actually built one, but.......

I have a friend that I trust when he tells me something, and he told me that Dutch actually had this pogo stick almost finished, then he traded it off. Now, my friend says that a person he knew very well had possession of the pogo stick at one time, and he also saw the pogo stick himself. He said that person who had it was none other than Slave Lewie Roseberry. Take it for what it's worth....

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VVMC Two Wheeled TOY DRIVE


 Friday December 5th come down to Venice and help give back to the kids of our community by rolling up on your bike or scooter with a new unwrapped toy in support of the 2nd Annual Two-Wheeled Toy Drive!  

There will be a DJ, complimentary food from Wurstküche & Pitfire Artisan Pizza - Mar Vista, drinks from Angel City Brewery, Pabst Blue Ribbon, American Born Moonshine, & Sailor Jerry, a charity raffle, holiday games and camaraderie amongst friends.  The event will be held at the old city hall, Beyond Baroque, from 8pm-midnight.  A new unwrapped toy or a $20 donation gets you access to the evening's festivities.  

THEN!  Sunday morning, Dec 7th, we will gather at Deus Ex Machina (1001 Lincoln Blvd., Venice CA) for some coffee and strap all of these toys to our bikes.  We have been given the go ahead from the city to ride over the boardwalk into Muscle Beach and deliver the toys in proper fashion:  on our two-wheeled sleds!  There will be a ton of press, local freaks & families, so it will be pretty rad to have a VERY LARGE turnout of support bikes to help with this delivery!

None of this could happen without the support of these fine businesses & clubs: 

Venice Vixens
Black Top Society
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Ahbe Racer
Ohana Alliance
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The Mighty Motor
Indian Motorcycle of OC
Lossa Engineering
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Ramming Speed
East Side Moto Babes
The Velvets M.C.
Venice Beach Wines
Progressive Suspension
Cerveteca
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Pyrate Ryderz M C
Mike's Motorcycle Towing
Route 66 Modern Classics
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys
Deus Ex Machina USA
Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club - VVMC


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