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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #714732 11/12/17 11:55 am
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Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
Originally Posted by bodine031
Count me in Gordon I will get there from Melbourne 120 miles south


The celebration of Mike's life is scheduled for November 18th, 2017 starting around noon.

19626 McCall Road
Altoona, Flordia 32702


"once he was in your life, he was there to stay." Rich Tracey

Gordon (aka John Blue)


The date & time are on our calendar
We will be with you in spirit


Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures

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For the ocean will decide,
Its not the destination,
It's the glory of the ride”
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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #714743 11/12/17 1:12 pm
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Awww man, hate to hear this. Mike was one of the good guys. Can't get to FL next week, but I will be sure to take a ride on the Golden Flash and enjoy the motor he built for me.

Sympathies to Dave and the rest of the family.

Zimm


Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: BeezaBryan] #714745 11/12/17 1:13 pm
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Originally Posted by BeezaBryan
The date & time are on our calendar
We will be with you in spirit



Mike would be honored......he had a lot of respect for you and Marie.

I'll make sure the family knows they're in your thoughts.


Gordon Gray

Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #714746 11/12/17 1:18 pm
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For those of you that are just finding out about Mike......I apologize for not doing a better job of letting everybody know. I always check the "Active Threads" when I come on so I know what's going on for the day......my mistake thinking everybody else does too.

IF.......you can make it to Altoona it's not to late for me to make a call to Dave and let him know....but please let me know ASAP.

Gordon Gray

Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Richrd] #714754 11/12/17 2:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Richrd
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Great picture Rich!


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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #714756 11/12/17 2:28 pm
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I'm sorry that I can't be there in person but I'll be in spirit and will raise a glass for Mike and for everyone attending.
Gordon please give Bev a hug from us here in Sweden.
see attached photo its 14 years ago in Mikes pool..


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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Morgan aka Admin] #714759 11/12/17 2:46 pm
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Met Mike a couple of times, a bloody nice bloke, so sad to read this... frown

Wish I could be there with y'all, please pass on my Condolences to the family...


I'm from the SOUTH, the Deep South
Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #714763 11/12/17 2:50 pm
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prayers to the family

Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #714768 11/12/17 3:38 pm
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Sad to hear this news, never met him in person, our paths never crossed even though we were sometimes at the same place. My condolences to the family.


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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Zimm] #714776 11/12/17 4:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Zimm
Awww man, hate to hear this. Mike was one of the good guys. Zimm



Yes he was Zimm........at that there was no doubt.


Take care, Gordon in NC

Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #714778 11/12/17 4:53 pm
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Thank goodness you photoshopped in those bathing suits Morgan.......Mike would have never forgiven you if you hadn't.



(Okay.......I know, a tasteless joke BUTT.....if you knew Mike you know he'd get a chuckle out of it. I'm getting ready to go CELEBRATE his LIFE....not his passing. He'd understand)

If there is a heaven....he's up there..........................Gordon Gray

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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #714779 11/12/17 4:53 pm
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Never met the man, but like so many here it's a small world and I consider a lot of you as friends and family even if I haven't personally met you.

My condolences to all that were close to him. Keep the good memories close.

Best regards,

Steve


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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #714815 11/12/17 8:54 pm
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Vaya con Dios, Mike Carter..

Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #715083 11/14/17 6:41 pm
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I met Mike and his brother Dave back in 2008 when Windy and I swung by the Carter Bros Garage one day. Mike was helping Windy get my Commando into running shape. It was back in the days when I didn’t know any other Norton owners in Florida. Mike and his brother, Dave, made me feel so welcomed the first time I met them. Really genuine guys.

The next spring I was at the Leesburg (FL) Bikefest when my rocker feed oil line decided to split and I found myself going nowhere fast. Lo and behold, out of the crowd of people on the sidewalk comes Mike running towards me and said, “Bummer, Dude….let’s get you off the street and go have a beer”. Later that afternoon, Mike rolled my bike up onto the bed of his pickup and we headed out on the 45 min. drive to the Garage, dropped off the bike, and headed back to Leesburg. Great ride with Mike chatting and laughing the whole way to the Garage and back. The next couple of weeks I was back at the Garage, the new SS oil line I had sent Mike installed, the bike tuned up, several other tweaks…when it came time to go, Mike said to get my hand out of my pocket…he didn’t want a dime from me.

Mike was truly one of the Great Ones. In remembrance, here’s a photo of Mike and Dave Carter, Dave Ashenbrener, Norton Billy and myself at Daytona.

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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #715129 11/14/17 11:05 pm
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Hi Guys,

I had the honor of meeting Mike at Blowing Rock for two different TSMR events. He was one of the quiet guys, who didn't particularly draw attention to himself, but was always there to help. (Kinda like Gordon...) I wish I could participate in celebrating his life, but It is just too far for a winter run from Washington State to Florida.

Mike gave me an original "BSA Pitstop" pin, and I treasure it. When I attend the first of the seasonal parties--on the 18th--I will be wearing black, except for that pin, which will be a little splash of color on my shoulder.

Ride in peace, Mike. Ride in peace.


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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #715266 11/15/17 8:50 pm
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I think we should all wear our bsa pitstop pins saturday. I got mine when Mike gave it to Tarvin to give to me way back when. It's been sitting on my trophy shelf ever since.


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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Richrd] #715280 11/15/17 10:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Richrd
I think we should all wear our bsa pitstop pins saturday. I got mine when Mike gave it to Tarvin to give to me way back when. It's been sitting on my trophy shelf ever since.



I think I still have a few of those left. I only had 100 of them made up. There are a few out there that were prototypes and I'm thinking there were only one or two of each option. Pitstop pins were different than the bb.com pins I had made up......but there were only 100 of those too.

I want to THANK each and every one of you that have taken the time to post to this thread.

There is a small group of us meeting up in Palatka and riding down Saturday. We'll be on one of those great Florida roads......there might be 3 curves in 55 miles.....but it's through a very interesting part of the state.

Still time to join us.........BLESS all of you that have posted to this thread...it means a lot to me and I know it means a lot to the family.

Gordon Gray

PS, We'll be sure to take and share some photos......

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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #715549 11/17/17 7:53 pm
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I'll wear my pin and be there in spirit. Unfortunately I'll be burying another friend here in town Saturday. I just can't believe what a year this has been.


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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #715683 11/18/17 11:27 pm
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Did not learn of any of this until the 18th or I would have made every effort to be there. Mike was indeed a genuinely good guy. BB.C and the TSMR won't ever be the same.

Photo of Mike in better times. A TSMR gas stop at the Mouth of Wilson, VA in 2007. Mike, center, in his uniform... the ubiquitous black motorcycle T-shirt.

Photo of Mike adding some kind of cheater juice to his A65, with the help of brother Dave, at the fuel stop Shady Grove fuel stop in 2008.


Don't hide 'em, Ride 'em !!

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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #715707 11/19/17 1:04 am
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I wish I could have been there. I will always remember Mike as one of the kindest, funniest and most genuine people I've known. He was always so positive and enthusiastic, particularly when it came to britbikes. His attitude was infectous in the best way. We should all aspire to be a little more like Mike. Godspeed my friend.


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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Alex] #715846 11/19/17 10:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Alex
I wish I could have been there. I will always remember Mike as one of the kindest, funniest and most genuine people I've known. He was always so positive and enthusiastic, particularly when it came to britbikes. His attitude was infectous in the best way. We should all aspire to be a little more like Mike. Godspeed my friend.


Well said Alex.


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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: David in Atlanta] #715873 11/20/17 2:05 am
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The celebration of Mike's life was something I will never forget. Smiles, laughs and tears. I took a lot of photos and will share later.

It was strange walking around the shop and waiting for Mike to come around the corner any minute. Mike's Brother Dave looks so much like Mike from the back....there were a couple of times....well, you might understand.

There was a LARGE group of people......a real testament to how many lives Mike touched.

Hope everybody made it back home safe and sound.

Bless those of you that took the time to be there.......you know the family appreciated it. We were the first to get there and the last to leave.....I liked that.

Photos tomorrow.....I know Richrd took a lot too but he won't make it back until tomorrow. 1400 miles one way for him.

Gordon

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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #715987 11/21/17 12:19 am
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I'm going to try to keep this as focused on bb.com as I can.

Ladies and Gentleman........the guest of honor, Mr Mike Carter

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Five BB.comers, Richrd, Tom Sanders, Bodine031 , Windy and Don Roe

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Other BB.comers Rich B

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Some bb.com history hanging in the shop

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More bb.com History, the seat off of Malcolm's racer

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........to be continued




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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #715990 11/21/17 12:43 am
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Bill Edwards (aka No Name Man)

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Proof that bodine 031 is real

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Part of the group at the caterers tent

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The shop was filling up around noon

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Brother Dave is famous

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The two bikes that started this phase of Mike's life

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He was lucky enough to be able to share this shop with his best friend and brother.....I know that meant a lot to him.

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Ya gota love Florida.....and riding 12 months out of the year.....except for.....

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Richrd took photos too....so I'll wait and see what he posts. All mine will be gone at the end of the month unless somebody moves them over to the site's Hosting.

I only have one more task to complete........Gordon Gray in NC




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Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray] #715993 11/21/17 1:32 am
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Some kind soul made some of these T-shirts and was giving them away.

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Gordon Gray

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