Tom on the Corvair trike with Ed Roth in the background with his trike. Tom's Kuncklehead "The Mindbender" was bought from Ed. This picture is from a staged article for Street Chopper very early on (1969). The build of the Corvair was featured in Cycle Guide over a handful of issues, same for the Mindbender as tom at that time was a contributor to the magazine. Corvair trike was a beast, fired right up and you could wheelie it at will pretty much. Unlike most trikes of that era that used Corvair or VW power the engine is out front.
This is when Leo Payne ran the famous Turnip Eater for AEE. Bike is in the national motorcycle museum, still painted red, white and blue but the AEE that was on it has been removed. That is Tom's Cessna 310 painted by Molly and our ladies dressed to thrill! Showman to the end Tom staged all this for the magazine and for advertising. Leo was a nice guy. Unreal to stand beside that bike running on nitro while at full tilt on the dyno!