We've asked Mel Stoutsenberger to pick his favourite photos from back in the day and give us the Who, Where, When, What, and Why. Mel documented BMX first hand. Here's photo number Five.
Who: Bruce Bufkin from Canoga Park, California. Bruce and I became friends in 1968 because of our shared interest in motocross. We didn't have motorcycles yet but we had our Schwinn Stingrays which we rode as much as we could in the empty fields and trails around our neighborhood. His older Brother used to help us work on our bikes, gave us tips, customizing and making them better suited for riding in the dirt.
Where: Indian Dunes Motorcycle Park, mini-bike track, Valencia, California.
Name: Brian Britt AKA: SmokinEndo Hometown: Stratford, NJ, USA Started riding BMX in: 1985 Number of bikes in the collection: Today around 12 and maybe 10 or so frame sets. At the height of it all close to 50.
Next to BMX products, what else are you collecting? Brian Britt: My Goodness where do I start? I guess with Hot Wheels... Collecting Hots kinda laid out the foundation for everything I collect. I do vinyl but sold off the bulk of it. Vintage toys like Joe’s,
Name: Tyler Collins Hometown: Simi Valley, CA Started riding BMX in: 1999 Number of bikes in the collection: I’m up to 8 old school BMX bikes right now, always looking for more Redlines and Champions from the '70s that I don’t have yet.
Where does your love for BMX bikes come from? Tyler Collins: When I was really young my dad collected BMX bikes with his childhood friends and I was always alongside him to see what his new score was. He mainly collected Mongooses so living in Simi Valley, it was also a part of my home towns history and with me living only a few streets over from where
Name: Sean Stiddard Hometown: Bristol, England Started riding BMX in: 1980 Number of bikes in the collection: Now 14, I had 37 at one point. But I scaled back as to leave the bikes that either meant a lot to me (i.e. my original bikes) or ones I just plain loved too much to let go. I remember once a long time ago my wife (who was my girlfriend at the time) asked the dreaded question “Exactly how many bikes and frames do you have?”, my reply was “You know about the 20 bikes in the loft, well I have 6 frames at work, 2 frames in the back of my car, 4 being chromed, 2 at my parents and 1 in the mail that I purchased yesterday”, I think that is when she realised she had a love rival in the relationship.
Very early 80's USA bmx promotional tape that was converted for use in the united kingdom.shows the early days on BMX racing in the USA featuring Stu Thomsen and many other famous faces. Also shows the first freestyle tricks as they were performed by Mike Buff and R.L. Osborn. A must watch.
Name: Christopher Wesley Hometown: Ewing, New Jersey, USA Started riding BMX in: 1978 Number of bikes in the collection: 24
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Christopher Wesley: I do remember. In 2015, I was searching the internet and I came across a website for photos of restored BMX bikes. I had no idea that was a thing.
Is the focus on ''Odd' Bikes for you? Christopher Wesley: Collecting odd bikes has been a focus lately. My focus has been on coaster brake builds from the '70s. I enjoy them because anything goes. I can take a set of cranks from a Schwinn Varsity, a seat and sissy bar from a 1966 Huffy muscle bike, and install them on a 1976 CYC Stormer MX frame. It all fits perfectly. The odd parts that I find happen to be part of the era and I discover them from my searches. I enjoy collecting rare records as well as old stereo equipment and speakers so the oddness factor has carried over to bikes.
Let's show the CPX you have. Maybe someone can identify it?
Name: Mohamad Al-amin Abdullah Hometown: Perlis, Malaysia Started riding BMX in: BITD mid 90s, and came back to BMX in about 2016. Number of bikes in the collection: Since 2016 until 2021 I have owned 150 complete old school BMX bikes ('70s-'90s) and more than 250 frame & fork sets. Last year I started to sell a few things from my collection (already sold around 60-70 BMX). I sold some to other local collectors and just tried to move a few items in order to cover the costs of the container. With the help of some friends in the UK and USA, I have stockpiled some parts and bikes, which I then ship in a container back to Malaysia. It is very common in the old school scene for sellers to refuse international shipping. So, we try to have an