Hard Luck Award, Mark Jacobs’ band, Bikes on the Bay posted July 2, 2011 by Brian
The hard luck award for the June 25-26 weekend goes to... Jeff Beam! Saturday morning,
Jeff, Clay Hudson, Clay’s brother Al, Mario DiDalvo and Brian Davis were planning
to meet Kevin Sinclair at the Main Street Coffee House in Redwood City to hear club
member Mark Jacobs and his band play some music. Jeff had a rear tire blow-out on
the freeway at 55-60 mph. Al was following in a pickup truck and said it looked like
a pretty wild ride, but Jeff was able to bring it to a safe stop on the shoulder.
After we loaded Jeff’s bike in the truck, we discovered Clay was having an electrical
issue that was eventually traced to his ignition switch. Once we got his bike going
again we continued on our way to Redwood City.
The Main Street Coffee House is just two or three blocks from Harry’s Hoffbrau, where
we’ve had our Christmas/End of Year banquet the last couple of years. Main Street
serves excellent breakfasts, has great coffee, and once a month, on the last Saturday,
they have great music on the patio in back. Mark’s band, The Mile, plays a mix of
mostly 60’s R&B that really hits the spot. Mark’s vocals and harp playing are definitely
worth the price of admission. For a band that “refuses to practice” they come off
pretty tight. Highly recommended, and rumor has it they will be playing at the Yerba
Buena National Road Run in September! Oh, yeah. Be sure to ask Mark about his idea
for bacon flavored Lipitor.
Later that afternoon Jeff decided to take his TR6 (car, not the motorcycle) out for
a ride and had a starter issue that prevented him from returning home without assistance.
Sunday six riders met up at Jeff’s house to check out the Bikes on the Bay event
in Capitola. Jeff, Kevin, Mario, Clay, Manny Fernandez and Brian Davis left Jeff’s
house at about 10:00. Jeff brought out his ‘34 Chief for the Sunday ride, and Clay’s
brother Al was again following in a pickup. It wasn’t too long before Jeff realized
he was having clutch issues and he had to turn back. So, in case you’ve lost track,
that adds up to three breakdowns in two days. Jeff gets the award hands down.
Bikes on the Bay was great this year. The weather couldn’t have been better. Clear
skies, mild temperatures, and lots of bikes. Actually, it appeared the number of
bikes entered in the show may have been down, but the crowd was definitely up. Clay
decided he needed to bolster the number of show entries, so he entered his newly
rebuilt ‘53 Chief. This bike has recently undergone a total transformation and it
will knock your socks off. The judges agreed, awarding Clay’s bike 1st place in the
1941-1984 Restored American class. Mario and Kevin had to depart early, and Clay
was committed to keeping his bike on display until the show was over at 4:00. Manny
and I decided to head down to the Capitola Village and provide some economic support
to one of the restaurants on the beach. On a quest for oysters on the half-shell,
we ended up at the Paradise Beach Grille, where we were treated to excellent food
and an awesome view of the beach, volley ball players, and the Capitola Wharf. Our
route home took us through Santa Cruz and up Hwy 9, with an important stopover at
Henfling’s. The traffic on Hwy 9 from Santa Cruz to Henfling’s was on the heavy side,
but from that point on we seemed to have the road to ourselves. The weather remained
perfect as we wound our way to the top of Saratoga Gap. At that point Manny headed
North on Skyline for his return trip to Pacifica and I continued down 9 through Saratoga
and Los Gatos on my way home in San Jose.
Everything about these two days’ rides was impromptu - we made it up as we went -
and they were two of the nicest rides I recall. Well, maybe it’s just because this
was the first really great weather we’ve had this year. But the impromptu rides,
often coordinated just a day or two beforehand via the club’s email list, are frequently
some of the most enjoyable and memorable. Glad I went this weekend!