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CROCKER ROARS OUT OF THE PAST................

 Crocker Motorcycle roars out of the past with custom replicas


By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times

On Sunday, collector Michael Schacht will unveil the modern limited edition Crocker motorcycle, powered by an 80-cubic inch engine, made with 21st century metallurgy and performance engineering. It was 70 years ago that a tiny shop on Venice Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles produced its last motorcycle. At the time, Crocker Motorcycle Co. made the most powerful race bikes of any American manufacturer. But like other small companies facing supply shortages during World War II, it was forced to close, leaving only a few dozen bikes that have become a favorite of collectors and enthusiasts. Steve McQueen owned one before it was sold in auction for more than $276,000.

Pictured is the number one Crocker Big Twin produced in 1936.

For this and other motorcycle images go to www.lovellphoto.com

To read this article in its entirety, please use the following link:

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/21/business/la-fi-0721-crocker-motorcycle-20120721

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