It would be nice if KOF builders got more exposure in the mainstream media. It could serve to stimulate interest, increase demand for their work, allow them to command a better price for their efforts, possibly permit them to bring on apprentices to prepare another generation to be keepers...
Perhaps someone has connections with a television production outfit, and could match them up with a couple interested builders. It might not be the next "American Chopper", but who knows?
Would the potential for a little boost in the popularity of vintage and vintage-esque bicycles be worth it?
John Barry - daydreaming at work and probably talking out my butt too - in Mechanicsburg, PA
p.s. It's been 17 years, and I STILL hate the hill on Fletcher Parkway heading west from Parkway Plaza!
> I suggested this idea last year and was shot down.
> I think the KOF
> build off would have to be organized in such a way
> as to not burden
> the KOF people on vacation. For example, teams of 5
> KOFs are to build
> a frame in 60 minutes flat (including paint!)
> WINNERS TO SHARE $1500 PURSE !
> BOTH FRAMES TO BE AUCTIONED OFF TO HIGHEST
> BIDDER(S), PROCEEDS SPLIT
> AMONG BUILDERS, OR BOTH ONE OR BOTH FRAMES
> DESTROYED, AT TEAM'S OPTION.
> Under such circumstances nobody expects perfection
> but it would be
> quite amusing to see what might be done. Of course
> the main problem
> is that a KOF might cut off a finger or worse ...
> An iron chef who fails might burn his finger. Speed
> is part of a
> chef's job. The motorcycle and car builder contests
> are always
> entered by rank amateurs, many who are wildly
> optimistic, and so maybe
> a 24-hour amateur build-a-thon would be a better
> idea than a KOF
> bake-off ??
> - Don Gillies
> San Diego, CA
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