Motorcycle customization, especially its “nostalgic” branch (that is, all kinds of bobbers and retro choppers), and car hotroding are two sides of the same coin. Their fates are bizarrely intertwined, and they walk through life hand in hand. Like Marx and Engels. Or, if you prefer a politically neutral comparison, like Miklouho and Maclay. Add to these pathologies of technical thought a few skulls, flames, dices, Maltese crosses (which, by the way, according to heraldic terminology, are not so Maltese), and all this under the invigorating breath of the rocky rhythm section - here’s the notorious custom culture. The very one that, contrary to the rules of the English language, with the light hand of one of the pioneers of the movement of George Barris, is written through the letter “k”, and not “c” (kustom kulture) *.
Therefore, it is not surprising that most of the eminent patriarchs-hot-drivers, whether Von Dutch or Big Daddy Roth, built both four- and two-wheeled vehicles with equal enthusiasm. The very same Barris in the distant 60s zananatel on custom bikes (nowadays, by the way, they are experiencing a real renaissance). At different times, old Ness and the heroes of today were spotted in tricks with cars, at least take Jesse James, the TV star and chief West Coast Choppers, or the authoritative German office Rick's Motorcycles. But so that a prosperous hot rod hit all motorcycle-heavy, and even with great success - this does not happen often … So, meet: Hank Young! (The hall that doesn’t understand anything, awakened by the battle cry “Hank Young!” Explodes with applause.)
Hank was born in 1964 in Marietta, Georgia, and grew up in a family literally turned on various kinds of motorbikes and car uglinesses. As a result, when he turned five years old, he received as a present his first motorcycle - a fifty-fifty Honda. Then there were such compulsory general education subjects as motocross and karting, but nothing attracted a child so much as the sacraments taking place in the bowels of his father’s workshop.
Heredity is a terrible thing. Think of Hank doing something else, not the fact that you could have defeated her. Grandpa, Joe Young (who, incidentally, held a fairly high position at Lockheed-Martin Corporation), was a restless self-taught designer who struggled with boredom by implementing the most unusual projects. “Tell me what you want,” Hank laughs, “and I will say that he did it.” And he made racing hydroplane boats, violins and other musical instruments, a water rig, and finally a watch. What is the range, huh ?! His father, Lewis Young (a software engineer, also plowed at Lockheed), built hot births during his leisure hours and was known as an avid drag racer. That is, there was fire and a fire. That's why, probably, when he quit Lockheed, he became a fireman.
Hank met his father’s welding machine at the age of eight (no, that’s not what you thought about - your parents didn’t cherish your soul and, of course, would never have punished you in such a savage way), but almost ten secrets of working with metal. At the age of 16, he built his first hot rod with the help of his father - a 1934 Ford coupe saved from inglorious recycling. Then what just was not there - right up to the Chevrolet Camaro with a 1200 horsepower engine and brake parachute. Unlike his father and grandfather, Hank did not even think of hunching himself at the aerospace giant, and since 1984 he worked in a company with a long, but very specific name - Joe Smith's Antique Ford & Street Rod Parts (all honestly - it’s immediately clear who the owner is and what it does, it's not Microsoft).
The year of the “great turning point” was 1991, when Hank Young built his first motorcycle - an early-style bobber on 1940 Indian Chief units. With a branded "Indiana" spring front fork, which will subsequently become one of its crown "chips". Having tasted, Hank could not stop. Soon a pair of motorcycles appeared in which one can distinguish today's Young's style: Taylor's Knuck, a custom from Harley-Davidson Knucklehead - for Taylor’s young son (“to grow out?”) And Dad's Shovel with a “Harley” Shovelhead engine - for his father. Lever forks, hardtail frames - terry 50s!