Name: Woody Itson Hometown: Keller, TX Started riding BMX in: The 70’s Number of bikes in the collection: I have 15 complete bikes and some frames and parts that may or may not ever turn into anything
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Woody Itson: I didn’t actually decide to collect any BMX stuff to be honest. In fact there was one point where all I had was the one bike that I was riding and some miscellaneous parts and uniforms in a box.
Name: Grant Stone Hometown: Newbury, Berkshire, U.K. Started riding BMX in: 1980 Number of bikes in the collection: 8
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Grant Stone: I’ve never really stopped riding BMX, so I have always had a current BMX in my possession. But I guess I started buying old school stuff about 9 years ago when I had the idea of replicating my Skyway TA that I sold in 1988 and regretted ever since.
At this moment, do you wish you had started collecting earlier?
Name: Michael Gamstetter Hometown: Dayton, Ohio, USA Started riding BMX in: 1978 Number of bikes in the collection: Currently, 5. At one time, 20+.
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Michael Gamstetter: Yes, it was around 1996 or 1997. It was a random thought that popped into my head while I was working. I thought it would be cool to find an old JMC or Torker, a pair of Oakley II grips in the box and a set of Reedy pedals (I eventually had all those.)
Name: GAry Sansom Hometown: Lewiston ID... Started riding BMX in: 1969 Number of bikes in the collection: Over 600..200 plus completes and 400 plus framesets
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? GAry Sansom: Hmm... a couple times.. I rode all thru the 70's..and 80's.. when I moved to Portland in 1996, I was down to 5 bikes..then I found ebay..
At this moment, do you wish you had started collecting earlier? GAry Sansom: Yes..they were so inexpensive in the early 90's.
Do you feel there is a need for BMX products to survive for history's sake? GAry Sansom: For sure..part of the reason I started collecting.
What's one of your oldest BMX products in your collection? Gary Sansom: My 1981 Kuwahara.. Skyway forks..Redline squareback
When you started riding what bike was the dream bike for you? Gary Sansom: SE Quad angle..I recall seeing one in the shop.. 1980 or so.
Name: Rainer Schadowski Hometown: Karlsruhe, Germany Started riding BMX in: 1980 Number of bikes in the collection: Currently 61 and counting
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Rainer Schadowski: It evolved from my habit keeping bikes and gear I had raced and never sold. Then my Dad added more bikes and gear he got from retired racers and all of a sudden it was a collection. That was in the mid to late 90s.
Hi all, for those interested, I share details of a new BMX History project I am working on with Redline Bicycles and company founder, Linn Kastan. Redline Foundations looks back on Linn’s story during the early years - his entry into the emerging BMX scene and the founding of the Redline brand - arguably the most innovative of the 1970s and 80s era. The project brings together a community of ex-Redline riders, industry figureheads, ad ex-employees to tell the story of the brand through video, features, and a dedicated Redline history website.
We launch the project with a unique proposition. For those who appreciate and collect BMX hardware,
Legendary BMX (and A LOT of other bikes) innovator and developer, Gary Turner is assisted by voices of Stompin' Stu Thomsen and his brother Glenn Turner to tell the story of the development of Gary's first monoshock BMX bike in the 1970's. Written and Directed by Todd Huffman, Produced by Don Hoffman and photographed by Keith Martin and Jimmy Cook. Produced by Pipeline Digital Media, creators of "The Motocross Files" and "PENTON: The John Penton Story narrated by Lyle Lovett".