Name: Daniel Purcell aka Superbikedan Hometown: Essex, England Started riding BMX in: 1980
When was the first time you rode at Romford skatepark? Daniel Purcell: On a skateboard in '78 when it opened then on my first BMX in 1980.
When was the last time? Daniel Purcell: 2004 when after a lot of pressure from my son and Rom old school to see me ride again I lasted a couple of hours before I broke my leg and that was the end of my come back, many said that was the best few hours they saw, haha.
Obviously you've been involved in BMX for a long time and have seen the bikes come and go. What bike (brand) has always been a favourite to you?
What's your earliest memory of BMX? Trevor Henry: Watching Craig Strong doing no handed wheelie’s on TV and then seeing my friends trying to the same on Grifters and Choppers, but complaining about how heavy they were. Then E.T. came out and everybody ditched their Choppers for Burners, PK Rippers, Ammaco’s and DP Firebirds. It’s like a wave hit the London overnight… one day it was Rubik’s cubes and monkey boots then the next day it was BMX’s Breakdancing and Electro Hop music.
Who were some of the BMX riders that you admired back in the day?
Name: Jonathan Sherwood Hometown: Durban (South Africa), now living Durham (UK). Started riding BMX in: Had a BMX from a very young age but only properly discovered BMX in 1992. Number of BMX bikes in your collection: 35 completes, 14 frames, and a whole lot of random parts and race gear.
Being from South Africa originally, what were popular BMX brands when you started? Jonathan Sherwood: BMX was huge in SA in the 80's, so all of the major brands from that era were popular (GT, Mongoose, Kuwahara, Hutch, Patterson, etc). In the 90's however there were absolutely no BMX bikes for sale in SA, so you could only get bikes from mail order stores like Dans Comp, ACE, and
Name: Henry Sarria Hometown: Born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in Hialeah, FL, currently live in Isla Vista, CA When did you start riding BMX: 1973 Number of bikes in your collection: 6 BMX race/dirt jump, 1 road, 2 MTB, 10 1970's-80's classic BMX bikes, 4 classic Schwinn cruisers (including the Schwinn Mini Twinn 20" wheel tandem my wife & I ride around town) & 1 all around beach cruiser. My wife has a few bkes too!
Which bikes have you built exactly to the spec a pro was riding it back in the day? Henry Sarria: None, all my bikes I built for me, as nobody else was going to be riding it. Never cared
Name: Pat McKenna Se666 Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii Started riding BMX in: 1977 Number of bikes in the collection: Varied over the years...around 80.
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? PJ McKenna: I started to look for graphite Tuff Wheels and a Patterson back in 1998. I was calling Skyway, calling bike shops but then got sidetracked with a career.
Back then, was it much easier to find parts that you needed? PJ McKenna: Sort of, I got stuff locally from Aaron Stewart and a couple local guys in San Mateo, California.
Has the market been killed by the "new kids on the block"? PJ McKenna: I think it definitely spiked in prices as you have a lot of guys from my era that can afford to make huge purchases of non essential items. Back 10 to 15 years ago you had only like 10 heavy hitters...now you have scores of wealthy BMX aficionados. Guys like Walt, Vbiker Shane, Martin, Wasa,
Name: Shad Johnson Hometown: Prineville, Oregon, USA. Started riding BMX in: 1986 Number of bikes in the collection: Over 30 but I have a core 10 that I won't sell or trade.
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Shad Johnson: No real exact moment. I remember getting an OZONE from a friend in '95 and being so stoked because I had always wanted one. Somehow that frame disappeared from one of the BMX houses I have lived at in the past. When I first opened Goods BMX someone brought in a pink '88 GT performer I bought off of them.
Name: Jason Teraoka Hometown: Kapaa, Hawaii Started riding BMX in: 1976 Number of bikes in the collection: 7
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Jason Teraoka: The seed was definitey planted around 2006 when I pulled a complete 1978 Motomag JAG from a bulk trash pile at the curb. I had that bike stashed for years. It wasn’t until 2015 that I finally gave it a soft restoration and got it into rideable shape and because of that, acquiring parts and collecting sparked. Soon after, a friend gave me two of his childhood bikes (1978 LRV and Team Mongoose) and another bike was pulled from a bulk trash pile (another 1978 Team Mongoose). It was then that the bug fully bit. Collecting went into hyperspace once I moved to California from Hawaii and started going to swaps and shows and meeting some great people in the community here.
At this moment, do you wish you had started collecting earlier? Jason Teraoka:For sure! I’ve heard so many stories about the glory days from the established collecting
Name: Frank Lukas Hometown: Koblenz, Germany Bike: Morales 2nd Generation
Home come you decided to build up a Morales bike from scratch? Frank Lukas: I think this frame is the most iconic Flatland frame ever designed and produced. It changed everything. Don’t quote me here, but I think it was the very first “Flatland specific frame”. I also think that the riders who rode the frame had the biggest impact on Flatland besides Kevin and Chase. I was so into Westcoast Flatland- Richard, Jesse, Edgar and many more...