Randy Grubb's Garage: Episode 2





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Published on May 24, 2013

—Randy Grubb's Garage, Grants Pass, Oregon

Episode 2 of the Randy Grubb's Garage series is jam-packed with automotive art and gearhead adventures.

The Salvador Dalí of automotive art, Randy Grubb turns his incredible fantasies into hard, metal-warped reality in his Southern Oregon garage. He created Jay Leno's Tank Car, the B-702, the Indy Special, Piss'd Off Pete, the Decoliner, and the Decopods

First up in Episode 2, Randy reveals the plan for building "Frogman" Tim Cotterill's Rocket 3, the fantastic follow-up to Tim's 200 mph Rocket 2 super trike. Then Randy debuts the Decoson, his first streamlined sculpture based on a 1984 Harley-Davidson Sportster chassis, in downtown Grants Pass, Oregon. Back at the workbench, Randy gives a metal fabricator's lesson in metal joining and riveting. Then Randy makes his last journey in the Art Deco Decoliner from Southern Oregon to the Monterey Bay Peninsula in California for Quail, the premier motorcycle show on the West Coast.

The 2013 Quail Motorcycle Gathering, held at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel, California, is a celebration of the evolution of the motorcycle, the people who keep the legends alive, and others who are forging brave, new, and beautiful new paths into the future. Its fifth anniversary was on May 4, 2013, on a brilliant, sun-drenched California day.

Randy's corner of the fairway and greens was in fact brighter than the rest of the field, seemingly spotlighted with intense sunlight reflected off the polished aluminum of the Decoliner, two Decopods, the Harley-based Decoson, and "Frogman" Tim Cotterill's Rocket 2 super trike. There was an audible buzz about the Deco-Helmet, the riveted, polished aluminum headgear Randy created to match the styling of the new Decoson.

Shown are some of the over 250 motorcycles at Quail this year, some of the best examples in America of antique, American, European, and Japanese bikes of all forms: military, road, off-road, racers, customs, experimental machines, and incredible sculptures. Notable were three-time world champion Wayne Rainey's Best of Show '91 Yamaha YZR 500, and Ken Tabata's 1st place custom 2010 Tavax, which won the 2011 AMD World Championships of Custom Biking at Sturgis.

Randy Grubb won two major awards at Quail. He took 2nd in the Custom/Modified category for his Decoson, built on a 1984 Harley-Davidson Sportster chassis and owned by Steve Boone of Northwest Harley-Davidson, Olympia, Washington. Then he captured the Innovation Award, presented by streamlining pioneer Craig Vetter, for his first Deco-Tripod, built on a Piaggio MP3 chassis and owned by Dave Johnston of American-Retro.

For much more about the automotive and motorcycle sculptures of Randy Grubb, see Episode 1 of Randy Grubb's Garage on YouTube, and visit his Web site:

Visit Randy Grubb's friends:
Quail Motorcycle Gathering:
Frogman: http://www.frogmancollection.com
Craig Vetter: http://www.craigvetter.com
Northwest Harley Davidson:http://www.nwharley.com
Baileigh Industrial: http://www.baileighindustrial.com
American Retro: http://www.american-retro.com
Eagle One: http://www.eagleone.com
Hanson Rivets: http://www.hansonrivet.com

Theme music Cardiac Arrest, Walk Away, and Easy performed by Arabella.
Randy Grubb's logo is drawn by master pinstriper Don Tippit.
Photos of the Motorcycles of the Future at Quail by Craig Vetter.

Video, photos, script and narration by Randy Johnson.

Produced by Randy Johnson
Randy Grubb's Garage: Episode 2 ©2013 by Randy Johnson

Art Notes:
What is Art Deco? It was an influential visual arts style in the 1930s and 1940s that combined traditional craft themes and machine age imagery and materials. It emphasized geometric form and symmetrical patterns, using aluminum, stainless steel, and chrome. Closely related to Art Deco was the Streamline style which relied on the new principles of aerodynamics used in aviation and ballistics and which guided the design of vehicles like the 1933 Chrysler Airflow.


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