Chipps is back in the office at last and is sifting through hundreds more photos from the Sea Otter. While he’s doing that, here’s a look at some of the crazy vehicles that appear at the Sea Otter – either to draw people into booths, or just as daily drivers.
Santa Cruz Pickup
We’ve already shown you some shots of the Santa Cruz bike hauler, but we don’t mind showing it again. Built as a concept car in Photoshop, but made reality by Santa Cruz’ new owners (who happen to be VW importers and whose founder helped with the original camper design)
Sierra Nevada Truck
If you’re the beer sponsor of the Sea Otter Classic, you need a big truck to get the beer there, right? This huge green truck probably counts…
This was just parked in the Media car park – we’re not sure which bike journo it belongs to. Certainly not that orange geek in the Singletrack T-shirt…
Specialized Concept Bike
Lounging outside the Specialized booth appeared to be a ’70s twin shock scrambler. Look closer though and you’ll see that it’s actually a Specialized E-bike. Those are Shimano brakes, a Bluto fork, a bike chain and cassette – and those are fat bike tyres and not motocross ones. Another great design by Specialized’s creative director Robert Egger, who’s brought so many great concepts to lift. The ’74 refers to the year Mike Sinyard set up the company.
Breezer Dodge Truck
Joe Breeze has a pretty neat company truck – a 1950s Dodge stepside pickup. He was there with another mountain bike legend, Charlie Kelly, signing copies of Charlie’s book and the Fat Tire Flyer, the first ever mountain bike magazine from back in the early 1980s. There’s also talk that the pair might be doing a UK signing tour in the near future too.
Fox Racing Shox
Fox showed this custom cafe racer (also with ’74 graphics – 1974 was a good year for bikes it seems as it was the year that Bob Fox started work on motorbike shocks) –