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#713988 - 11/05/17 11:56 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Count me in Gordon I will get there from Melbourne 120 miles south

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#713992 - 11/06/17 1:12 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: bodine031]  
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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


I think so far we have 4 or 5 of us (BB.comers) planning on being there. The family asked that we do a head count because they are having the celebration catered.


Bill Edwards (aka No Name Man)
Don Roe
Gordon Gray
Mark Austin (my brother)
bodine031
Rich B
Richrd (needs a dog sitter)

Windy and Mr Tom are locals and are connected with Dave. I'm pretty sure they will be there but I'll leave them off our head count because I'm sure they're letting Dave know themselves.

I'll update the list when someone commits.

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

Gordon (aka John Blue)

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#714052 - 11/06/17 5:05 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Gordon,

I am working on arrangements now to be there. Will advise


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#714092 - 11/06/17 9:12 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Gordon - Regretfully I have surgery scheduled at the Cleveland Clinic, and don't know if or when we can head south for FL. Sorry I will miss it, but will catch up later I hope. Please give my best to Dave and all the Carters. Thanks - Bob Kent, OVBSAOC #3


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#714095 - 11/06/17 9:43 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Rich B]  
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Originally Posted by Rich B
Gordon,

I am working on arrangements now to be there. Will advise


That would be wonderful Rich...........I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Gordon

#714096 - 11/06/17 9:45 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: BOB in NW PA]  
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Originally Posted by BOB in NW PA
Gordon - Regretfully I have surgery scheduled at the Cleveland Clinic, and don't know if or when we can head south for FL. Sorry I will miss it, but will catch up later I hope. Please give my best to Dave and all the Carters. Thanks - Bob Kent, OVBSAOC #3



Mr Bob.........we will let them know you are thinking about them. Sometimes it's the thought that counts and this is one of those times. Good luck on your surgery and I hope you recover quickly.

Your friend in NC Gordon

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#714100 - 11/06/17 9:52 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Stolen off of Facebook......I couldn't help it. He got the shirt and the bike off me....taking him the bike was the first time I met him face to face.



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

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#714175 - 11/07/17 1:48 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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#714180 - 11/07/17 2:56 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Very sad news indeed.

I met Mike through 'Bodger in 2008, when we raced at Daytona. Mike & Dave put us up in the (then) fairly new shop, and basically from the moment he shook my hand and introduced me to Dave, the shop was mine. I was anxious to work on my bike, but it took a full two hours of interesting and hilarious detailed history of the brothers' motorcycling and shop tour before they notified us of the evening schedule of festivities and left us to set up out sleeping arrangements and helped us put our bikes on the lifts.

My most eloquent description of his kindness, generosity, and hospitality is certainly less than adequate to do him justice.

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Here's to mutual friends who passed on too soon...

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#714244 - 11/08/17 1:27 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: GrandPaul]  
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Paul, that is such a good photo of Malcolm. Thanks for sharing it.

The first time I saw the shop it was just a block (CMU) shell. No roof or floor.......the shop has changed a LOT since your photos.

I've updated the list of BB.comers that are going on the 18th. PLEASE think about making it......you won't regret it. There's going to be a crowd of like minded people.....Florida in November can be a bit rough. Yep........you might have to swap out the flip flops for sneakers.

Maybe we can get Richrd to tell the story about how he first met Mike.......this used to be a big welcoming family.

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


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#714249 - 11/08/17 3:08 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Mike was a good friend I very much enjoyed his company at TMSR with brother David and Mid-Ohio

#714251 - 11/08/17 3:14 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. He was one of the people I always looked forward to seeing at Mid Ohio. Condolences to his family, he will be missed.

RIP Mike

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#714307 - 11/08/17 8:57 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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#714406 - 11/09/17 7:13 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Messin' with the bikes, Casa De Los Carters, 2008...

Ron T, Rich B, Chuck S, Steve U. (not sure who that is in the background)
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Heading for AHRMA tech in DeLand, 2008...

L-R: Greg Fauth, Dave C., Mike C, Rich B, Ron T, Malcolm, myself
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(thanx for corrections, Gordon)

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#714411 - 11/09/17 8:10 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: GrandPaul]  
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Paul......my eyes aren't as good as they used to be but I "think" in the first photo ( not counting the fellow with his back to us Dave or Tom?) the first two fellows are Ron T and Rich B. Same thing with the second photo....Greg, Dave, Mike, Rich B and Ron T.......Bodger and Paul.

Looks like there will be close to 100 people attending on the 18th. Says a lot about the effect Mike had on people.

Looks like we'll have 10 or so.........not bad but nothing like the "old" days.

Gordon Gray in NC, USA

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#714413 - 11/09/17 8:30 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Originally Posted by Gordon Gray
Paul, that is such a good photo of Malcolm. Thanks for sharing it.


hee hee

Malcolm and i left a bit early to go to the AHRMA awards banquet, and while we were away, the lads stuck "tech fail" dot stickers all over his bike, and festooned it with non-approved regalia. He was almost crying laughing, as were we all.


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#714437 - 11/10/17 12:33 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: GrandPaul]  
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Originally Posted by GrandPaul
Messin' with the bikes, Casa De Los Carters, 2008...

Ron T, Rich B, Chuck S, Steve?? (not sure who that is in the background)
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Heading for AHRMA tech in DeLand, 2008...

L-R: Greg Fauth, Dave C., Mike C, Rich B, Ron T, Malcolm, myself
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(thanx for corrections, Gordon)


Holy crap that brings back some good memories of good times.

Thanks for posting


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#714447 - 11/10/17 2:42 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Rich B]  
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Life sometimes provides a shock so unexpected that it hits with the force of the proverbial sludge-hammer. So it was with this news of Mike's passing. I first contacted Mike last August to see if he and Dave might be interested in a survivor BSA gas tank ( original paint, decal, badges, good chrome, etc.) that I 'd kept for at least 25 years. He was, and we struck a deal that had the tank on it's way to the Carter Bros. Garage. I'm sure it would have brought more on eBay, but my priority was that it went to someone who could really appreciate it. About a month later I contacted Mike again looking for a source for repair stubs for A65 shift quadrants, his reply was " don't screw around with that, I'm sure we've got a quadrant around here somewhere". About a week later it showed up at my place at a price that covered little more than the cost of shipping. This was happening just as IRMA was about to hit Florida.
Good guys those Carter Bros.

All my Best to Dave and the rest of the Carter Family at this difficult time.

And Mike, when you hit " the twisties " out there with Bonzo, Bodger, Tarvin, GS Ron, Pete R and all the others we've lost; just remember: " Ride Hard, Ride often and "Keep The Rubber Side Down !"

Godspeed Bud.....

Phil

#714474 - 11/10/17 10:56 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Phil R]  
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Phil......I got to visit with Mike and say goodbye before he passed. I can't say how much of an honor that was. We traded old stories and laughed a lot......always Mike. One of the things he mentioned during our catching up.......was your tank and how proud he was to have it. After our visit I went back out to the shop and asked Dave about it and he got it down off it's place on the TOP shelf and there it was in all it's glory......beautiful and I'll tell ya.....it's found a good home.

Take care.......Gordon in NC

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#714500 - 11/10/17 3:20 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Perfect photo, Richrd


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#714611 - 11/11/17 12:51 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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talked to dave the first of the week/ he is doing ok all thing considered. and yes i WILL be there.


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#714624 - 11/11/17 3:20 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: bill50cal]  
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Dave already asked me for a head count........I didn't count Windy or Mr Tom because I figured they told Dave already.

But........I know at least one of us is still on vacation and "maybe" when he gets back he'll make the trip down.....so I went ahead and added him to our count.

Still time to commit.......you won't regret it. Please come join us in celebrating Mike
Carter's life.

I'm driving down to The Best Western on the river in Palatka, FL on Friday evening and will have a BSA on the trailer. (work's a pain right now and I have to make sure I get back). I'll get up Saturday morning and make the 50+ mile ride on down to the shop. I'm looking forward to riding through Florida's bear country but wish it was for a different reason. Anybody want to join me on the ride from Palatka to Altoona, leaving around 11am is more than welcome.


It's a celebration of life but I'll still be dressed in black............Gordon Gray in NC, USA

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#714665 - 11/11/17 9:23 pm Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Richrd says he'll try to meet me in Palatka but won't have a bike with him???????????????

Richrd in a truck is acceptable as long as he's got his trailer along full of motorcycles......just the truck....not sure if I'll recognize him. I would bring him a bike but my trailer would need to be redone to a dual and I just don't have the time. Maybe somebody else can help him out????? That is if he....for some reason hasn't given up on motorcycles all together.

The world is changing......I'm not sure it's for the good.

Gordon in NC

#714727 - 11/12/17 11:46 am Re: Mike Carter RIP [Re: Gordon Gray]  
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Sadly it was just this morning that I became aware (thank you Richrd) that another of the good guy is no longer with us frown
At the 2010 TSMR was where we really got to spend time with the Carters, at Windys Campground, and at Blowing Rock.
We offer our most sincere condolences to the Carter familly for their loss

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God speed Mike


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