Circa 1999, I had been a few years into vintage flat track racing my Bultaco Astro. The new millennia was on its way and I figured it needed a paint job. As usual, I am not one to just slap some paint and stickers on and call it a day. This one was my own race bike and had to have a little extra. I went with the stock Astro scheme, but spiced it up a bit with candy apple red, pearl white and some gold leaf stripes and outlines. Anyone that knows me, knows my fondness for daredevil great Evel Knievel. So I decided to throw a little Evel in the mix, not in the standard red, white and blue theme of Evel's fleet but went with something a bit more special. Evel's painter, George Sedlak, put real one hundred dollar bills in the paint jobs of his jump bikes and this was just what I was going for. No color copies or hand painted nonsense here, but three $100. bills glued to the Astro tank just like they were tucked in the seat.
Off to the races I went. During that next race season in Florida, the bike was photographed for Vintage Views, the AHRMA publication. The next issue came out with a gorgeous centerfold of the shiny Astro. In the story, it said, "The bills were originally done by George Sedlak for Evel, it was a way to pay homage to them both." One AHRMA member showed the magazine to George and George was so honored that someone would do such a thing to honor him and Evel. To show his appreciation, George did a cartoon of me on that Astro. The CD showed up at Metro with a note from George to 'give me a call sometime.' It was one of the coolest things ever for me! Over the years, I have talked to George and became good friends. We would meet up at events and share stories. I am lucky to hear some great stories of George and Evel. As I started building the trike for Born Free 12, George made another cartoon of me. A very cool creation of me working while dreaming of the turbo 4-cylinder trike while driving in my '70 Ford F100 along with my wife Peg on the way to Born Free! George thought it would be great for this t-shirt guy to offer it printed on shirts to support the build. Thank you George for the many years of friendship.