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Ed Roth’s Mega Cycle

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The Mega Cycle is a show car built by Ed Roth. With the Mega Cycle, Ed wanted to take a crack at predicting what El Caminos of the 21st century would look like. The first sketches for the car was drawn by Ed Newton in 1966. The car was originally intended for hauling Ed’s Harley XLCH until he purchased a show winning Triumph.

The original name for the creation was Captain Pepi’s Motorcycle & Zeppelin Repair. Robert Williams gave the car its first name. After a strong suggestion from car show promoters the name of the car was changed to the Mega Cycle. The car was powered by a Buick V6 engine.

After touring the show circuit for one year, Ed traded the car for a V-Dub rear clip. A local junk dealer got to use the car in front of his junkyard for publicity for one year. After one year, when Ed came to pick it up, the car had been turned into a house for the junkyard dogs. The dogs had ripped the seats. Ed went on and sold the car to Jim Brucker in1969. Jim traded it to Harrah’s. When Bill Harrah died the Mega Cycle and several other cars in Bill’s collection was auctioned off. Ed’s son Darryl Roth ended up buying the Mega Cycle and the Druid Princess at the auction. Ed and Darryl restored the Mega Cycle and the Druid Princess with assist from Pete Santini. After the cars had been restored, they were both sold to Jay Ohberg, and once again sent on the show circuit.

Today the Mega Cycle and Triumph is currently being restored again by Fritz Schenck. It was difficult finding info about the Mega Cycle in books and magazines. But after a lot of research he was able to find a good color photo of the left side of the bike on the back of a truck at a California auto show from around 19671968. The chopper has been the hardest part of the vehicle to restore, missing many hard to find specialty parts.

After 7 months of hard work Fritz completed the restoration in September of, 2009, 5 days before the bike is getting auctioned away at the Icons of Speed & Style auction in Los Angeles, California. Mark Moriarity was the lucky bidder at the auction that bought the mega Cycle for $ 60,500 USD. According to Mark, it’s the 4th time he has owned the Mega Cycle.

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Arte à le bon goût de proposer d’excellents film le dimanche soir. Il y a quelques semaines c’était « UN SHERIFF A NEW YORK » qui était à l’écran et quelle course poursuite ! Topissime

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Je suis allé deux fois au cinéma cette année. J’ai donc quasiment doublé mon taux de participation annuel. Même triplé si on considère le fait qu’on à changé de salle à la fin de Mad Max pour enchaîner aux frais de la princesse avec « Un Français » (plutôt bon mais trop de ratés). Bref, FURY ROAD méritait, à mon goût, d’être vu au cinéma. Histoire de vraiment prendre la plénitude des actions en pleine gueule. Enfin ça c’était avant de me rendre compte à la caisse que le film était en 3D… Quel merdier. Quand tu portes déjà des lunettes c’est chiant et je trouve que ça suit pas super bien dans les scènes d’action rapide. Pas de bol, Mad Max c’est quasiment 1h45 d’action sur les 2h de film… La scène d’ouverture est performante, on le voit près le lézard mais après brouillard… Ensuite on s’habitue et du coup on ne fait plus trop attention à la 3D. Je suis donc pas persuadé du gain réel. Au choix, je le reverrais donc bien en normal, à l’ancienne. Le film lui reprend bien le concept de l’ancienne recette. Bolides bien atypiques mais crédibles, ambiance respectée, scène de cruauté obligatoire, clins d’oeil aux précédents opus, ça fonctionne bien ! Alors peut être pas aussi bon que le 1 ou le 2 (évitons de parler du 3 svp) mais pas décevant. Un super rythme, un bon casting, le job est fait et on passe un super moment !

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