Chris et al, Glad you're keeping this one alive. I recently purchased a few of photos from British Only. These are 5"x7" glossy color photos which, I believe, came from the factory to be used as promos. One is a drive side of a Fury and the other two of an early (non-teardrop primary) '62 750 Interceptor. What is interesting about the Interceptor is that it is presented in a deep blue, not Chinese Red (which is the only color ever mentioned in early ads and parts books). These could be restored bikes than Ken G. from B.O. snapped in the '70s, BUT I also received a few scans (not as clear, unfortunately) from ex-George Helm's stock which show the same Fury as well as a VAX! Why George would have these I couldn't say, unless they were ex-factory promo material. Anyway, as seen in the attached photo - and very interesting to me - is the solo seat edition of the VAX. Never seen this listed as an option, but, if these are factory shots, I would presume it was at least toyed with as an option. Also note the straight-through "Westerner" exhaust pipe on the Fury (I believe listed in the parts catalog as an optional extra). I don't have access to the clearer 750/Fury pictures at the moment (I'm at work, they're at home), but here's the one of the VAX and Fury, and another of the Fury and the blue '62 750.
I have edited my post from 3 days ago. I thought a sample photo on the front page of the REOC site was a link to more photos. Not so - it is a teaser to show what is coming. The archive is still in the early stages and it is hoped there will be more to show over the winter. My clumsy effort at marketing was way ahead of production.
If you have material that will interest other enthusiasts, please safeguard the information on the paper by making copies and sharing the copies around. Storage in multiple sites is a sure way to ensure survival. Paper and photos will eventually crumble; a digital file on thumb drives and CD's will last longer. Until the archive is operating, share the file copies here.
Just a cool incidental photo. Just had someone send a photo of his VAX from the late '60s (before being shipped off to Vietnam). On his tour, his brother supposedly sold off his Fury, unfortunately, and no photo evidence of it exists. Check out those mufflers!
In 4 months, this thread has another 16,000 views; well over 100 every day! We got something right. I use it to introduce friends to my version of obsession with obscure and obsolete, but quality is suffering. Photobucket now blocks many of the excellent photos that highlighted the thread. Can the good folks who posted them find another way to get them back without buying a subscription? My fault for not downloading the images; this hammer & wrench type thought they were all preserved here, a couple of clicks away. I particularly miss the Bonneville salt flats photo of a Jimmy Enz bike with Bert Munroe's world's fastest Indian photobombing the shot. The nice new old cars on a white background, looking like they are from a magazine ad.
Chris, It is possible to view the Photobucket pics using an add-on in Firefox browser. It's called "Photobucket Hotlink". It works in other browsers also. You will again see the photos but you can't save them directly - blocked by PB. Probably the best way to save would be right click and view image. Then you can take a screenshot or copy image. Paste it in Paint or some other place and save it from there.
Photobucket Hotlink is found (in Firefox) by going to the settings button, add-ons, get add-ons, scroll down to see more add-ons, use the search box to enter term photobucket and 2 or 3 add-on options will show. Al
J in KC, An excellent link for the bio on Shell Thuet. Thanks again. Shell sounds like the sort of "uncle" everyone wishes they had.
A few years ago I met a similar character in Spokane WA. He had a shop, built bikes, and sponsored young riders. Jim Poffenroth, known as "Captain Dirt". I first met Jim when he was selling his big head Fury in '06. (I was not the high bidder, but met the successful bidder and Jim a few years later.) I kept watching for that name, and Bob Budschat, in all the stories. I guess the Washington State race scene is too far from SoCal and Bonneville.
I just picked up a Fury #3355 that I believe was raced by a guy named Moore from Moses lake Wash. Any body familiar with that name. I would like to now some history with the bike. Tom Oil
Posting again to bring this topic to top of list. I am in Santa Cruz in California for a week long event to launch the new Royal Enfield Interceptor and Continental GT 650cc twins. (Wonderful hosts, amazing bikes, great roads, great weather....) Anyone at this event looking for Interceptor history will find this topic useful - all 7 pages!
Well over 150,000 views on this topic, so it is resonating with the RE community.