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Paul Mihalka

Very early Venezuela pictures

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Paul Mihalka

A friend from Venezuela sent me some pictures related to my I think very first race, on my street Matchless.

 

I'm in the center # 73:

 

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I won second place:

 

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Selden

Even without the hint, I figured you were #73. It's amazing how the human brain recognizes faces. This must have been taken around 1950.

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hANNAbONE

wOW..pAUL..!super pic --

 

reaffirms ATGATT :^)

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Kathy R

I'm sure you were excited to see these photos. They are wonderful!

 

Looking at your boots, were they specific to riding? The leather looks soft in texture, no? How would you rate the gear you used back then?

 

As for the evolution of helmets, was that state of the art back then?

 

Nice trophy! Do you still have it?

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boatzo

Great photos Paul. I'd have recognized you anywhere. :)

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OoPEZoO

Very cool :thumbsup:

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Francois_Dumas

I just love the guy on #11... very 'cool' and professional!

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Paul Mihalka
I'm sure you were excited to see these photos. They are wonderful!

 

Looking at your boots, were they specific to riding? The leather looks soft in texture, no? How would you rate the gear you used back then?

 

As for the evolution of helmets, was that state of the art back then?

 

Nice trophy! Do you still have it?

 

Boots? Riding and whatever. Riding gear? Any leather jacket, any gloves, bluejeans/khakies, any motorcycle helmet.

 

Looking at the pictures I surprised myself seeing how fast progress was made. Previous pictures were 1951.

 

This is 1952:

 

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1953:

 

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1954:

 

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Quinn

Paul, you really were a stud! Bet you spent a lot of time signing autographs for the ladies--more than that we won't ask about.

 

 

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EffBee

What a dashing figure. Maria never stood a chance. I'll bet you just swept her away.

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Whip

 

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You still look good in Leather.

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Great pix!!!!

 

Thanks for taking the time.

 

:thumbsup:

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Marty Hill

Paul,

 

Wonderful, I'm enjoying your pics very much! :thumbsup:

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Haynes

This is high quality nostalgia!

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Bullett

Thanks for sharing those pictures, Paul.

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Indy Dave

Paul - Great of you to share those snaps! Thanks for sharing and reflecting.

 

 

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Kathy R

What everyone said +1 :Cool:

 

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Les is more

I'm so glad that you share these Paul! They're a real treat for us!!

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beemerman2k

Wow Paul. Great stuff! :thumbsup:

 

You had to have some gonads to be racing on those things in that kind of gear. I don't want to know what wipeouts were like. Come to think of it, you gotta have a pretty big pair to race on today's machinery as well :eek:

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Shaman97

Paul,

Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing. They (and you) look great.

 

Er..what was kept in that cup? You both seem to be holding it at arm's length

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Paul Mihalka
Wow Paul. Great stuff! :thumbsup:

 

You had to have some gonads to be racing on those things in that kind of gear. I don't want to know what wipeouts were like. Come to think of it, you gotta have a pretty big pair to race on today's machinery as well :eek:

 

Going down was less scary then compared to today. The bikes were slower, the "tracks" (streets) were slower, the tires let go at half the speed of today. During my racing I slid on my butt three times and each time I got up and finished the race.

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SageRider

Thanks for sharing!

Fascinating, as always!!!! :thumbsup:

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