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Skatecar (180 Posts)
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Signal Hill Speed Run, Derby Downs, etc.
On 4/27/2010 tunnel skateboards wrote in from (96.251.nnn.nnn)

Hello! Mike here from Tunnel. I am currently working on putting together a short documentary film about Signal Hill, Derby Downs and other downhill skateboard contests of the 70s. Of course, there will be coverage of skatecars included as well as standing/luge/Big Wheel/etc. Right now, we are hunting down footage/photos and even memories of these wild times. Of course, we are currently finding the competitors, skatecar builders, and other people connected to Signal Hill and the other events. If you have any footage or photos or even suggestions, feel free to drop us a line! Thanks in advance. Mike, Tunnel info@tun nelskateboards.com

 
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what is this?
On 1/16/2010 firsttime wrote in from (68.178.nnn.nnn)

[img:2ipl63id]http://i259.photobucket. ;com/albums/hh292/JarettB/1263186900568imagejpeg_ 2.jpg[/img:2ipl63id][img:2ipl63id]http:// i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh292/JarettB /imagejpeg_2.jpg[/img:2ipl63id]I must admit. I don't Luge. I race motorcycles. But I picked this gravity luge tube thing and know nothing about it. I believe it's from the 70's. Anyone seen anything like this? You lay face down and head first and has bicycle forks with grab handles to steer the front wheel. It also has a brake lever on it. You are held in by a harnes, so if you crash you stay with the rig.It's missing all the wheels but it looks like it has a traditional bicycle fork at front. Looked inside it more and the harnesses has hand written in marker "inst. 77" (installed 1977?) which might establish the actual date of build. The tail section with the hole that you can see in the picture could have housed a chute. The guy I bought it from is a friend of mine who got it from his neighbor years ago from whom supposedly won a race in a Bumbershoot event. (Seattle thing). Unfortunately the original owner is not alive anymore.

 
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not skatecars but close
On 7/30/2008 duane wrote in from United States  (72.82.nnn.nnn)

although not lean-steered (one may have been), the unlimited class at Akron may nevertheless be entertaining for those interested in skatecars. Some of the wheels were made by familiar companies. click on the "ultimate speed" links here:

www.wr-racing.com

the race was last week in Akron, on the exact same hill as Jack's video

 
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Looking for Mike Baumea
On 7/15/2008 Rick Hohmann wrote in from United States  (71.140.nnn.nnn)

Hi Don: I no nothing about skate cars. I was surfing the net looking for Mike Baumea. He used to shape boards for me and friends. I was a close friend of Don Gonzales. I remember you also being an artist/designer of things. I also attended your Dad"s funeral. You may or may not remember me. Anyway I was feeling nostalgic and was wondering what your brother was up to. Hopefully you are da guy. If you are please write back. Thanks. sincerely Rick hohmann

 
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1978 Skatecar Racing on CBS Sports Spectacular
On 3/25/2008 Jack wrote in from United States  (66.122.nnn.nnn)



Jack Smith versus Nick Leonard at the Freeformer World Championships at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

This was a very strange race. We were rained out on Saturday and Sunday, finally raced on Monday.

CBS and Freeformer kept changing the racing format throughout the day from head to head to top speed/mph.

When you watch the clip, the order of Nick and my runs are reversed. On the first run (which is actually) the second run, you will see me get a bit squirrely and the announcer (Denis Shufeldt) comments on it. I was told by a CBS producer to tap my brakes on the way down to insure Nick crossing the line, as they had already determined he was the winner based on mph. Being a rookie, I agreed. In post-production they reversed the runs, to fit the outcome they wanted.

In fact if you listen to Nick's interview afterward, he sounds totally confused. It really didn't matter all that much, I had fun anyway.

 
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weight
On 2/4/2008 duane wrote in from United States  (72.82.nnn.nnn)

yes you will want more than 50% on the front, and 60/40 seems reasonable. The last thing you want is to be tail-happy.

to really find out, screw the trucks to plywood and put the trucks on individual bathroom scales, then calculate the weight from the readings. someone else will have to read the scales when you are laying down

 
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weight distribution?
On 1/26/2008 interested wrote in from United States  (24.136.nnn.nnn)

What percentage of body weight should be forward? Is it a simple 60-40 ratio, or
is it different for each car design? I'm building an open [no shell] to start with and going from there. This will use a rail-type luge frame and aluminum body pan. To figure body weight distribution, I was thinking of laying down on a plywood board that sits on a cylinder to find the balance point, then figure the ratio from there. Input appreciated .... thanks.

 
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Signal Hill and Akron 1978
On 1/9/2008 Jack Smith wrote in from United States  (63.196.nnn.nnn)

Glen Ritzma recently sent me these shots of my skatecar. Thanks Glen.
Vetter Side CU
Signal Hill Racing
Akron 1

 
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DSR Skatecar design
On 10/24/2007 Don Baumea wrote in from United States  (207.200.nnn.nnn)

I hope this photo post.

 
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skatecar design
On 10/24/2007 Don Baumea wrote in from United States  (207.200.nnn.nnn)

Hey nick, Iam trying to get ya, but it aint easy. I ll keep trying. Thanks Chuy for all the help you gave us HB second generation downhillers. Theer will only ever be one group of pioneers in the sport, and you were one of them. Thanks for your showing the rest of us how it's done. Every now and then some one post that they want to build a skatecar. I dont know why. If you dont get it right it will kill you. If you do get it right they can be very cool. Not everyone can drive one, it aint like streetluge. If you are interisted in building a skatecar, read all the early post on this site and then contact me for further questions. I can design one for you or build it , but it aint free. I have a design for a feet first skatecar based on Terry Nails SH skatecar and i will try to find that sketch, mabey I can post it. But I can answer any question you might have, for free. I have driven White Lightning, the Powerflex head first car, Powerflex's Green Machine , Dillbergs first skatecar, which set the record once, Hickeys feet first car. I think there were others, but it's been some time. My streamliner, named the Challenger, was not a skatecar in the pure sense, it was an unlimited class gravity car. It is in the skatelab museum I think. Contact me at Voyagerwsr@aol.com Cheers, Don Baumea

 
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Mr Surly
On 10/24/2007 Fatboy wrote in from United States  (67.94.nnn.nnn)

DUDE!!! NEXT year we gotta make one for the D-Cup!!!!!

 
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East Coast Skatecar ?
On 10/15/2007 Mr. Surly wrote in from United States  (129.33.nnn.nnn)

Were there / are there any East Coast skatecar builders/riders?
Always thought it would be cool to build one of these for kicks.
As a kid, skatecars were so fringe they were just plain cool.

 
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Anyone know....
On 9/8/2007 Nick Leonard wrote in from United States  (70.41.nnn.nnn)

Anyone know what Don Baumea's current e-mail address is??
Thanks,
Nick Leonard

 
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Next Skatecar Race?
On 8/14/2007 Graham Inchley wrote in from United Kingdom  (86.133.nnn.nnn)

As I am building a Skatecar over this winter does anyone know if there are plans to race cars again?

Many thanks.

 
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Skate cars and dowhill racing
On 3/2/2007 Chuy Madrigal wrote in from United States  (75.83.nnn.nnn)

Hey Boyz, (1)Beaumae, I was on the exec board of the ISA, I voted for you, I hung with Dave and you were one of our proteges remember? Terry howzit? I was glad you survided the car running over your skate car with you in it, that was heavy, but it was a buzz. I am still surfing and just put on the WCT Rip Curl PRO in Mexico (secret kind of) HA HA. I am still surfing. and putting on events and producing stuff. I see Roger Hickey he is still as belligerent and cocky as evdr but he beat everybody so thats the way it goes HA HA. I talked to Dillberg all of the time and he is as crazay as ever like the rest of us. ONLY Grrison HItchcock and Guy got invited to the first SH, does that count??? HA HA HA NO one shot ANaheil Hill from the top in a tuck but me. YAAAAHHHHH see you all later, stand up on your surfboard to call it surfing and stand up on a skateboard to callet skateboarding. Cliff Coleman is honest and a cool and unreal person. No BS out of his mouth, keep it up broh. Chuy

 
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Tortoise and the Hare
On 1/29/2007 john Gilmour wrote in from United States  (70.219.nnn.nnn)

I tried to fit into that molded luge when I was with Bob Turner. at the last factory and I think at Ed Economy's. I was like 30 lbs too big.. I used to kneeboard downhill and had dreamed of a having a molded shell. Though with weight on the outside....something like that might have been very Unstable if it were to get the wobbles. I had tried sculpting styrofoam blocks with the hope of attaching them to my body and puzzling them together once in the prone position, in the hopes of getting that perfect egg shape for aero.. Yes I know...I would have being called the human turtle... or WORSE if I used white styrofoam......as the tail tapered to a point

I stopped racing prone on the East Cast after hitting a concrete divider at 40mph- missed my head by inches.

 
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relocaton
On 6/14/2006 Don Baumea wrote in from United States  (207.200.nnn.nnn)

FYI, I now live back in So. Cal ( Aliso Viejo ) and will check this site as time permits. Cheers,Don

 
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how to, CHEAP
On 6/1/2006 david hicks wrote in from United States  (24.88.nnn.nnn)

How would i go about making a skate car for CHEAP? could you make one from cardboard? or would it be far to flimsey.

 
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Skitch Hitchcock
On 5/29/2006 P.M. Vasquez wrote in from Philippines  (210.5.nnn.nnn)

Gentlemen,

I would like to know if you have any recent contact
with the legendary Skitch Hitchcock. Our family had
the pleasure of hosting him and his friends sometime
in the early 80s here at a military base here in the
Philippines.

If you have his contact details, kindly pass on to him
my e-mail address: pm_vasquez@yahoo.com or my snail
mail address:

P.M. Vasquez
2983 Mahogany Street
United Paranaque Subd. II
1713 Paranaque City
Philippines

Thanks very much in advance.

P.M. Vasquez

 
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what if you put money into it?
On 5/22/2006 john Gilmour wrote in from United States  (24.63.nnn.nnn)

http://www.earthflix.com/stories/xgr_racers.php

dang

 
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New Skatecars at Skatelab
On 5/18/2006 skatelab wrote in from United States  (67.125.nnn.nnn)

We recently bought 2 more classic Skatecars for our museum....



 
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New Years resolution
On 12/30/2005 Michael wrote in from United Kingdom  (87.115.nnn.nnn)

Build a skatecar!

 
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Jackie Lee at Signal Hill 1978
On 12/1/2005 Jackie Lee wrote in from United States  (69.19.nnn.nnn)

Jackie Lee and the Vetter Streamliner - 1978

 
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UPDATE
On 11/28/2005 Don Baumea wrote in from United States  (152.163.nnn.nnn)

Thanks Rene, I never raced at Escape Country and I would have remembered racing you at that tme as you were already a name on the scene. Thanks for the lead on Dave. I dont get on line much these days. Signal Hill will always be special to me and also La Costa which is where I learned how to do the speed thing. Time does not change how I feel about those places and people. Cheers, Don Baumea Voyagerwsr@aol.com

 
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Dave Dillberg.....
On 9/30/2005 Rene CANNONBALL Carrasco wrote in from United States  (71.134.nnn.nnn)


Don Baumea -

I read your post -

-you had posted wondering Dave Dillberg's contact info-

I talked to Dave Dillberg today -
and mentioned if I could post his email for
future Skate Car Racer inquiries -

I mentioned it looked like a lot of Skate Car things
are 'brewin'...
and there's interest still....
and maybe newer racers could contact him for info.....
he said 'Sure'.

Here it is - dillberg@aloha.net


Dave is one of the most COOLEST and KNOWLEDEGABLE cats I've ever known!


I'll NEVER forget - - -
I went to an ISA meeting in Costa Mesa, 1976/1977-
and Dave Dillberg was THE ONLY SKATER in that full room of guys-
that would vouch for me - TO BE IN the ISA !
Lot's of my skater/friends were in that room -
TOTALLY LAME on their part - - - TOTALLY COOL - ON DAVE DILLBERG'S PART !
So I made it in...
Thanks Dave.


BELOW: 1970'S - GEORGE DRAPER AND DAVE DILLBERG, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA.
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Don,
didn't my brothers and I race you @ Escape Country -
in the 1975 WSA - S.C. Downhill Championships - the one Tom Padaca put on ?
hmmmm.


Take care,
...-Rene CANNONBALL Carrasco.
WWW.RENECARRASCO.COM
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