29.08.2016 · In 1972 Cliff Vaughs made a safety film for motorcyclists and invited Peter Fonda to make a cameo and narrate. Evel Knievel makes an appearance in it too. The film was called Not so Easy, an obvious reference to the film Vaughs and Fonda worked on a few years earlier. Cliff Vaughs riding in the safety film, Not So Easy. But the guy who built them was a guy named Ben Hardy. Ben was an African american man who knew Harleys, and knew what he was doing. When Cliff Vaughs was asked by Fonda to oversee the building of the bikes, Vaugh’s turned to Hardy who was well known if you were black in Los Angeles as the go to guy to build a killer bike, and do it right. Recent Posts. Oil Well Supply Company, Goddammit ‘Bauhaus 100’ BMW F 850GS by Krautmotors; View Todd Halterman’s Resume Here ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Moto Guzzi Scrambler. Benjamin F. "Ben" Hardy was an African-American custom motorcycle builder who made the Captain America and Billy choppers for the 1969 Peter Fonda road movie Easy Rider. Replica of the "Captain America" bike in the Deutsches Zweirad- und NSU-Museum.
Cliff Vaughs, one of the men who helped design and build one of the most iconic motorcycles ever, passed away this weekend. While mystery and controversy have always surrounded the “Captain America” and “Billy’s Bike” used in the movie Easy Rider, the originals were built by Vaughs and Ben Hardy, a chopper-builder in Los Angeles, with. Cliff Vaughs, au guidon de sa Super Hog. Ben Hardy et lui ont conçu les motos du film Easy Rider. Cliff a par ailleurs lutté toute sa vie contre la. Working with another Black motorcycle builder, coordinator Cliff Vaughs, Hardy built two 'Billy' bikes and three 'Captain Americas', one of which was destroyed in the making of the movie, the rest of which were stolen. The 'Billy' bike was typical of the custom motorcycles Black bikers were riding at the time.
Thanks for posting this- I remember an article in Roth's Choppers mag about Ben Hardy, but I don't think there was any mention of Cliff Vaughs. The only thing I remember seeing about him was a picture of his very cool rigid in an article on the Death Valley run in on of Petersen's Motorcycle Sport books. December 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM. Hardy and Vaughs remained largely unknown and uncredited for 25 years as they were not accepted due to being African-Americans, and were not welcomed into the mainstream motorcycle world in the USA. Known locally as "Benny" and "King of Bikes" Ben Hardy's Motorcycle Service was located at 1168 E. Florence in Los Angeles. 13.08.2016 ·: Peter Fonda, the producer of Easy Rider, hired Cliff Vaughs to coordinate the motorcycles for the film, and Cliff tapped Ben Hardy for the actual construction of the machines. 04.01.2019 · No, we're only re-visiting the side of the story that pertains to Cliff Vaughs.: Peter Fonda, the producer of Easy Rider, hired Cliff Vaughs to coordinate the motorcycles for the film, and Cliff tapped Ben Hardy for the actual construction of the machines. Jim Buchanan fabricated the frames. Cliff Vaughs was born in Boston on April 16th, 1937, to a single mother, and showed great promise as a student. He graduated from Boston Latin School and Boston University, then earned his MA at the University of Mexico in Mexico City – driving from Boston in his Triumph TR2.
Cliff Vaughs. Vaughs met Peter Fonda in 1965 and was later asked by the star to create bikes for Easy Rider. The two would work on another film project after that: a rider safety film called Not. Jeweils zwei der Bikes wurden durch Cliff Vaughs und Benjamin F. Hardy zum Billy Bike und zur Captain America umgebaut. Drei betriebsbereite Maschinen wurden vor dem Ende der Dreharbeiten gestohlen und gelten als verschollen. Die vierte war für die Schlussszene zerlegt worden. Behind The Motorcycles In 'Easy Rider,' A Long-Obscured Story The alleged last authentic motorcycle used in the 1969 film Easy Rider is going up for auction.
The iconic red, white and blue stars and stripes panhead chopper, with chromed hard tail frame, was designed and built by two African-American chopper builders — Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy. Classic cinema in repose, Capt.America & Billy the Kid spearheading the New Hollywood era. For the record. Cliff Vaughs of the ChosenFew MC, with oversight. Cliff Vaughs helped pave the way for today's Chopper builders Clifford A. 'Soney' Vaughs sitting atop a Captain America Cho. “Cliff really came up with the design for both motorcycles,” Marcus said in a phone interview. According to the press release announcing the current auction, the Captain America bike “was designed and built by two African-American chopper builders — Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy — following design cues provided by Peter Fonda himself.”.
Online news magazine for cruising boaters and the local community of Rio Dulce, Guatemala, Central America. Property and Boat Sales. The custom bikes for Captain America and Billy were then built by Ben Hardy. Due to a legal dispute his name, along with many other crew members who worked on the film, does not appear in the credits. He was a member of the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club. Cliff Vaughs died on 2 July, 2016, age 79. Chosen Few MC – Cliff Vaughs.
|Peter Fonda ließ die Motorräder nach seinen Vorstellungen über den Mittelsmann Cliff Vaughs von Benjamin F. Hardy umbauen. Dazu verwendete Hardy herkömmliche Harley-Davidson-Starrrahmen, bei denen der Lenkkopf abgetrennt und neu positioniert wurde.||Cliff Vaughs at the Motorcycle Film Festival panel discussion, which I moderated – a film of his visit to NYC is being edited as we speak photo courtesy the Motorcycle Film Festival. Cliff Vaughs was born in Boston on April 16th, 1937, to a single mother, and showed great promise as a student.|
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