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While attending a car show (Wheels of Time in Macungie PA) I came across this T-Shirt. The artwork was done by local hero George Trosley, and I thought it was funny. mainly because I live so close to Amish country and the towns featured on the road signs. Towns like "Intercourse" and "Blue Ball"..missing are "Bird In Hand" and "Paradise". .. Anyway, If you like traditional style bikes, It doesn't get any more traditional than the Amish. Even though they were sporting wooden dubs long before anyone else. AND the still roll that way. Keeping it real plain. thats the Amish way. I wonder if they could ride a Russel Mitchel bike..after all they're flat black. No chrome. Nothing flashy..Hmmm.... Could be a new "market" for Russel...

Anyway, heres the linkage- www.amishcountychoppers.com

Spike
 

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i was just in amish country for first time 2 weeks ago. man that area was so beautiful. saw the nfl hall of fame induction in canton, so then went to amish country by sugar creek on the way back to wintersville. (near stuebenville)
 

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GEORGE TROSLEY TAUGHT ME HOW TO DRAW!!!! LOVE that guy.

George Trosley
Duane Bibby
Dennis Elefson
Steve Austin
Tom Lemmons
ERROL "SUPERBAD" McCARTHEY!!!!!!!!!!!

Any of those names ring a bell with anybody on here?
 

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Conder said:
GEORGE TROSLEY TAUGHT ME HOW TO DRAW!!!! LOVE that guy.

George Trosley
Duane Bibby
Dennis Elefson
Steve Austin
Tom Lemmons
ERROL "SUPERBAD" McCARTHEY!!!!!!!!!!!

Any of those names ring a bell with anybody on here?
Didn't number four have bionic legs and bang Jamie SUmmers?

I've heard of Trosley, Austin, Errol.

I've seen those shirts around a lot in the last few years. I always got a kick out of them. Hey, the Amish hang with the Pagan crew, so it isn't that far fetched. :)
 

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Are you kidding? CarTOONS was life blood for years back in the early 80's.

Shawn Kerri and Big Deal's stuff were my favorites.
I miss that book.

Mitch

Conder said:
GEORGE TROSLEY TAUGHT ME HOW TO DRAW!!!! LOVE that guy.

George Trosley
Duane Bibby
Dennis Elefson
Steve Austin
Tom Lemmons
ERROL "SUPERBAD" McCARTHEY!!!!!!!!!!!

Any of those names ring a bell with anybody on here?
 

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Are you kidding? CarTOONS was life blood for years back in the early 80's.

Shawn Kerri and Big Deal's stuff were my favorites.
I miss that book.

Mitch
CARtoons was pretty damn cool. Errol McCarthy is my biggest influence. Bigger than Roth or Williams...any of the known greats. His style for that magazine was all ink, brush and wash work. I started out copying these guys right out of the magazine at like 7 years old.

I actually got to talk to Errol on the phone last year. I tracked him down through a commercial art agent and he was a neat guy. Filled me in on all the CARtoons saga, and it's a pretty intense story. Errol does freelance design work for Mattel these days and still does comic book art.

Trosley's "How to draw cars" was somethin' else. There's a little Trosley in every car I draw!
 

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I've been lucky enough to have Trosley as a friend for the last five years or so. He only lives 15 mins. from me. He was supposed to be at my birthday party, but went to the Hustler party instead. He'll be at the Hot Rod Hoe Down in Wilmington Delaware on September 10th. Come on out and meet a legand..

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when I was a wee'un dipshit 17-year-old having moved from South Dakota to LA I paid a visit to Petersen Publishing in the summer of '79 when they were in Hollywood and had the pleasure of talking to Dennis Ellefson for an afternoon. he couldn't have been nicer or more encouraging, a really sweet guy. showed me all sorts of CARtoons stuff.
 

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carTOONs was my Bible when I was in grade school.....damn I love that stuff.

I always tried to draw like that, but it just isn't my "style"...... How I wish it were though.....

I could never be that loose when I am drawing. Everything I do comes out too photo-real, and tight. Not that I am complaining - just complimenting those who can do it......

Makes me want to go to Ebay and look for some of that stuff.
 

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Another CARtoons artist of the 80's was John Larter. He's now one of the political cartoonists for the Calgary Sun newspaper. He often puts some of his old car drawing skills to work in his political toons. He used to have a nice BBC-powered T-Bucket, and was a very cool guy.
 

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If you guys have any of these mags from the late '70s early '80s, my drawings were published in some of 'em! I used to get my stuff in "My Wheels" every once in a while, but my crowning glory was getting my whole COMIC published!? I was like 12 and I did this comic called "Quik-E-Shift". He drove a black '55 Gasser.

Lord man, my feet didn't touch the ground for a MONTH. I got a CARtoons 25 dollar check and everything. SWINGIN'. Tell George he's the greatest, he's helped me make a living for 23 years!
 

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Hey Tim,

Recognize this?


Jan/Feb 82, it was the third issue in my stack of about 20. I couldn't find Quik-E-Shift, but I'll keep looking tomorrow.

Just one more reason Tim Conder = RULER...

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If you guys have any of these mags from the late '70s early '80s, my drawings were published in some of 'em! I used to get my stuff in "My Wheels" every once in a while, but my crowning glory was getting my whole COMIC published!? I was like 12 and I did this comic called "Quik-E-Shift". He drove a black '55 Gasser.

Lord man, my feet didn't touch the ground for a MONTH. I got a CARtoons 25 dollar check and everything. SWINGIN'. Tell George he's the greatest, he's helped me make a living for 23 years!
 

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Remember Tom Wojahn? His stuff was always funny. Shawn Kerri's drawing was incredible, but she didn't write her own stories.

Trosley was the MAN (Seeing his work in Hustler cemented his legendary status with me at age 12). Remember the story where his 6 yr old daughter rebuilds his 40 Ford while he's in the house working? Then she takes it for a spin around the block to put the final tune on it, but she forgot to do the brakes? Genius. Great stories, great ink, Krass and Bernie. I never met the guy, but he still taught me how to draw and changed my life.

Tim, you were my hero before, but, come ON, My Wheels? I'll bet you also have sweet computer hacking skills, bowhunting skills, and breakdancing skills, too. Unbelievable.
 

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You want your tots? Flippin' SWEET!

I just got my stuff in "My Wheels" to impress the chics, it was all part of my multi-pronged assault on the custom world. I started at 11, peaked at 14. Now I'm just milkin' it, usin' the glory days to get cost plus 10 on motorcycle parts. - Rock on.
 

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Hey Tim, Recognize this?
HOLY S***!!!!! I just saw this. I'm freaking out. My mom wound up with every CARtoons I got in, and around this issue I was coming home from a date and there was a 3 alarm apartment fire on the news. The newscaster is talking with this huge fire behind him. Right about then the phone rings and it's my mom...crying and yelling "My apartments on fire, my apartments on fire!!!" Yep, her whole complex burned down with all my kid art and my 10 speed. On the news. (nobody died) It was NUTS.

This is just amazing seeing this. I drew that '57 at my Aunt Martha's kitchen table with a flair pen! It used to take a long time, so I never knew if my drawings were going to get in. I lost touch with CARtoons after they started doing skateboard stuff, (no offense to all you skater kids) but in art school around '89 or '90 I called around and got Dennis Ellefson, Cartoons' longtime editor on the phone. We talked for a long time, he really dug me being in art school and told me his mission was to try and print every kids drawing they ever got! He was a good person, it's a shame they're not around anymore...this whole new scene going on would look great drawn by Trosley, McCarthy and all those guys.

THANK YOU JEB, and don't worry, one of my cousins collected 'em all and he's savin 'em for me! Too cool.
 

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Thanks, but that fire was 23 years ago! We've picked up the pieces and the singed poodle pelt rug, cashed in the insurance and bought a sinkhole outside o' town. My uncle Clem keeps 'er stocked with about 50 toy poodles. He feeds 'em salmon and catfish lips to keep the fur silky along with 30,000 miligrams a day of K-9 Rogain.

It takes about 4 years but with this regimen the pelts grow superthick and extremely dense, with a circumference of roughly 3 feet. Giant albino afros with tiny red toenails is the best way to describe the animals at this stage. After at least 80% of the herd passes muster, they're trucked to my great aunt Verna's house. In her back porch salon, each pup is carefully shaved into squares using a complex system of geometric jigs. The tail is shaved bald to the tip, where a perfect cube is formed. This serves no purpose, it's purely aesthetic. NOT SO however, for the rest of the coat...! After careful measuring to assure they meet regulation, the newly squared off companions are hung up in the paint booth, where they are masked off and sprayed as DICE.

A last detail of final net and a light dusting of glitter, then it's off to Las Vegas to aid and appease the manicly popular new gambling sensation...POODLE CRAPS. Sure, it was started with sheep, but they proved too heavy for the seniors to roll. The early years were rough though, what with these twitchy natured dogs jutting there legs out stiff and not rolling right, or worse, getting up too fast after hitting the backstop, forcing the casinos to go to video to see what was rolled. This all changed in '87 with drugs, which relaxed the beasts and helped provide hours of entertainment.

So, the fire worked out in the end.
 
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