Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AEE Choppers Corvair Trike update

Paul Ponkow and the crew at Bones Legacy in Las Vegas continue the restoration of the Trike. torn down to frame and rebuild of engine has begun. It's going to be another incredible job by Paul and crew.




Monday, May 11, 2015

Big Twin issue of street Chopper now available!!!!

https://books.bonniercorp.com/pubs/BN/BON/STChopper-BG-Spring2015.jsp?cds_page_id=184348&cds_mag_code=BON&id=1431359263007&lsid=51311047430041360&vid=1

Follow that link and you can get all the goodness that is Big Twin!

Check out this quick video of the issue:

https://video.xx.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xpa1/v/t43.1792-2/10992508_10152685246700826_425404796_n.mp4?efg=eyJxZSI6InBsZWFzYW50dmlsbGVfYmFzaWNfZXhwZXJpbWVudF9pdGVyYXRpb24yLHBsZWFzYW50dmlsbGUifQ%3D%3D&oh=e059db2ede17a40a078e2d59634b0230&oe=5550E5E3

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Another AEE chopper found it appears!

This one was Rose McMullen's chopper, called Woman's Pride on the cover of the March 1970 issue of street Chopper. This panhead was owned by Jim Clark who sold it to Rose and then Jim and Tom McMullen (all three of them the founders of AEE Choppers and Street Chopper magazine) built Rose's bike.The current owner bought it in 1995. due to exposure when stored he had to remove the tank and molding and repaint (still has the tank in the original paint....paint by Molly). The original springer was not with it when he purchased it. He does have the original sissy bar and brake set up. Below are pictures of when he got it in 1995 and how it is currently. If you are seriously interested in a piece of chopper history you can contact this site and I will put you in touch with him.

Thanks to Big Al for sharing with us....let's find some more AEE builds! This chopper along with Big Twin and the Corvair Trike being found (and now restored by Paul Ponkow of Bones Legacy Choppers in Las Vegas) proves they are out there somewhere.....if you have one or suspect you know where one might be please contact us.








Friday, April 17, 2015

More from Sweden......

Our friend of AEE,  Klaes Palmgren of Sweden sent along this shot of him and a friend for some time ago. His chopper is loaded with AEE parts and style..... 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lets find the rest!!!!

In this picture we have probably the six bikes most famous at AEE. In the rear left to right is the Corvair Trike and Big Twin.....both now in the hands of Paul Ponkow at Bones Legacy Choppers (Big Twin restored to its glorious original red and the Trike being torn down for restoration, see below).
In the front row left to right we have The Shovelhead (purple bike), the Mindbender (the bike that started AEE Choppers), then Really the cool little Honda 350 and finally The Supersport our red Sportster. Of those 4 bikes nothings is known of their location. Help us find these icons....if you see anything that looks close at all let me know!




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

AEE Corvair Trike tear down has begun!

You will never see this again!
Thanks again to Paul Ponkow and Bones legacy for the killer job on Big Twin and the awesome job they will do on another piece of chopper and AEE history.






Monday, April 6, 2015

AEE CORVAIR TRIKE HAS BEEN FOUND!!!!!!!!

I have chased the Corvair Trike for many years. Along the way I found all the previous owners, many stories, some pictures and documentation.....but never did I lay eyes on the bike. The last owner would not send me pictures proving he had it. However......he eventually contact Paul Ponkow of Bones Legacy who just restored Big Twin. Paul struggled to get pictures but with a  combination of will and cash he got pictures and this Sunday he became the new owner of the AEE Corvair Trike! That's right Bones Legacy ahs it and is going to restore it to it's former glory.
Incredibly most of the trike is there in its original state. A few items are incorrect but unlike Big Twin it is structurally intact. Like Big Twin the important parts are all there...driveline, body, front end etc. In this case though the very original Molly paint is still on it. I rode in this with Tom McMullen driving...it will wheelie at will trust me! Sadly, Like Big Twin, I was also one of the guys that loaded it up and shipped it off the day it left AEE. Both bad days for me.
I'll update you as time goes by but for now enjoy the pictures......















Monday, March 30, 2015

Big Twin update....now on Counting Cars March 31 and a party this weekend too!

That's right on March 31 on Counting Cars on the History Channel you will be able to see and hear Big Twin.....do not miss it!

Also Big Twin will be on the cover of Street chopper again after 45 years of silence.....don't miss the issue release party this saturday April 4....





Monday, March 23, 2015

Big Twin on cover of Street Chopper once again 45 years later...and a party too!

AEE Choppers Big Twin built in 1970 and restored perfectly by Bones legacy Choppers is back on the cover of Street Chopper. The new issue premiers soon.....starting with an issue release party on April 4th 12-6 at Gasser Lounge in Redondo Beach. Paul Ponkow of Bones Legacy and I intend to be there for it.
And don't forget you get to see and hear (!) Big Twin March 31st on Counting Cars on the History channel.......

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

HUGE BIG TWIN UPDATE!!!!

UPDATE!!!!!

Air date for Big Twin's big reveal has moved to March 31 on History Channels series Counting Cars......cool part is the episode is now named "The Return of Big Twin"!!!!!

Mark your calendars now! And here are some more shots from the TV filming......





Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Big Twin on Counting Cars on History Channel March 24th

Don't miss the show and see and hear Big Twin roar to life.....this picture is of Paul Ponkow of Bones Legacy who did the restoration in Big Twin, Dave Brackett builder of Big Twin has his back to the camera (I am off to right out of frame). We were moving Big Twin around to get it in the right position for the TV taping.

Again don't miss it....March 24th, Counting Cars, History Channel.



Monday, March 2, 2015

Big Twin on TV !!!! See and hear it soon!!!!!!

Huge news....you will be able to not only see, but hear, Big Twin by AEE Choppers on March 24th (tentative schedule) on the show "Counting Cars" on the HIstory Channel. 
As some of you know Big Twin has been restored to its original glory by Bones Legacy Choppers of Las Vegas. It was a huge undertaking and they are to be congratulated for saving this icon of the chopper world. At this moment it is the only AEE Choppers build known to exist and they did it right. 
The principals at Bones Legacy are Paul Ponkow and the famous artist Seen (Richie Mirando) considered the godfather of graffiti. They spent uncounted amounts of time and money to bring Big Twin back to life. The paint is so good that Dave and I agreed it was better than Molly's original!
A few weeks back the original designer and builder of Big Twin Dave Brackett and I traveled to Bones Legacy and met up with Paul and Richie and their crew. We immediately got in with them and started working on Big Twin to ready it for the expected TV shoot. Ever try to get two Ironheads running at the same time? Big Twin didn't go willingly but eventually she came to life and then some! In between a couple days of thrashing to finish up we visited with Ryan Evans and his crew at Kounts Customs, touring the facility and museum with him. Ryan did the paint on Big Twin. I'm not sure of the details but somehow the producers of Counting Cars got hooked in to the Big Twin story and wanted to follow up on it. 
Following are a few picture from the trip and upcoming big reveal on Counting Cars. One last note, Bones Legacy has collected an untold amount of old choppers, a truly mind boggling amount and should be thanked for doing so. They are working hard and trying to get it right to save these classics before they are gone. I can't thank them enough for what they have done. Over the next few days I'll add some pictures...for now one of Big Twin (plus me and Seen) and one of me and Dave with Danny "The Count" Koker.




Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Molly Ride 2015 update

Hello Friends of Molly,
Hope this update finds you well and ready for the Fifth Annual Ride on Molly weekend.

This is truly shaping up to be a wonderful gathering with a Beautiful Hotel on the beach in Ventura. Sponsored Breakfast Saturday morning before the Drivers meeting promptly @ 9am. A scenic ride and drive through the hills of Ventura County. Sponsored lunch at a private Motorcycle Museum featuring some significant and historic machines followed by a leisurely route back to the Hotel and the beach. Saturday evening will feature a sponsored cocktail reception and a variety of fine cuisine for your enjoyment. All this while we share  and celebrate the life of our dear friend Molly. Sunday morning will feature another sponsored farewell breakfast where in we have the chance to say our goodbyes until 2016.
If you haven’t done so yet, make your reservations for the weekend of April 24-26.

The contact number for reservations at the hotel is as follows:

Christine Smith  805-652-5119
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
450 E. Harbor
Ventura, Ca.

If you have questions you are most welcome to contact Alan DeCarr ahdecarr@gmail.com or J.R. Smith jrsmith@stillen.com

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Molly Ride Committee

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Big news on Big Twin coming soon!

In the next week or two we will have some awesome news for you about Big Twin. Hang in there....and until then here are some pictures of Big Twin restored and Dave Brackett the designer and builder for AEE Choppers with the artist SEEN and Big Twin:




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rare shot from Laconia

Here is Tom McMullen at Laconia in 1970....AEE went to Laconia and Daytona long before many others even thought about it...once again way out in front of the curve....


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Big Twin runs!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/BonesLegacy/posts/689793411138464

click the link and hear it just a bit.....more photos and videos soon!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Info on the Molly Ride......2015

Hello friends of Molly.  Happy New Year to all and we wanted to let you know that the "Ride on Molly" Committee is working hard to ensure this year is our greatest year yet.

Hopefully, by now you have booked your rooms at the Crowne Plaza in Ventura and are excited about joining your friends in our 5th Anniversary ride.

Included in this years ride will be an opportunity to visit a private collectors Motorcycle Museum in Simi Valley.  This private collection of motorcycles contains over 300 specialty motorcycles, many previously owned by some very famous celebrities/personnel.  All have their own unique story.  This collection will be made available in a private showing to our group with lunch on-site, thereby providing you an opportunity of a lifetime to view these bikes up close and personal.  There's also rumored to be some "Molly design" showings at the museum.

Future emails will provide some additional details of the ride, however the main purpose of this update is to discuss room accommodations.

The room block only has a couple of non-reserved rooms left, but we want to make sure all of you are able to book your room at the "Ride on Molly Ride" rate.  Therefore, we are actively working with the Hotel management to ensure additional rooms can be made available.  For these reasons, I would request that all future room reservations be made NOT through the website, but by contacting the Crowne Plaza directly.  If for any reason you have been/or are informed that rooms are not available, please email me directly and we will assist you.  Obviously, if you have already booked your room and received a confirmation number, nothing further is needed.

The contact number for reservations at the hotel is as follows:

Christine Smith  805-652-5119
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
450 E. Harbor
Ventura, Ca.

Please reference "Ride on Molly" to ensure you are included in our group.  Christine has been most helpful in assisting in the coordination of this event.

Rooms will be available for check in on April 24, 2015.  The actual ride date and activities will be Saturday, April 25, including an evening function.  At the time of your reservation you will have the option of checking in for either a 1 or 2 day stay.

Additional ride and activity details will be forthcoming via email, so stay tuned for more.

See you in Ventura

Friday, January 23, 2015

Big Twin is done!!!!

here are shots from a photo shoot by Street Chopper magazine a few days ago. Big Twin was in Street Chopper many times, on the cover of AEE's catalog, in Hot Rod magazine and many other places over the years. And now its back thanks to Paul Ponkow of Bones Legacy, Dave Brackett of AEE Choppers and all of you fans of AEE and Big Twin. Go to Street Choppers website and Facebook page for more on Big Twin.





Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bones Legacy did AEE more than proud!

Paul Ponkow at Bones Legacy can not be thanked or congratulated enough for the work they did on the Big Twin restoration. I'm not sure many people would take on such a project and be able to pull it off. It's mind boggling how well its been done. I saw Big Twin every day for a couple years and they flat nailed it.
Go to Bones Legacy on line or on Facebook and check out their other builds.

http://www.boneslegacy.com/

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Big Twin almost there....just so close!

Only missing throttle and cables and a couple other items....very close to done...Paul with Bones legacy says it was the hardest build/restoration they have ever done.....enjoy!












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