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    Victor Vicente of America Topanga. Second one built

    Here's my recently finished 1979 VVA Topanga. The full story and all the photos can be found here: http://www.velocult.com/index.php/blog/

    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/VVA/VVA1.jpg">

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    Cool bike Sky- and great story!!!

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    now THAT'S vintage retro classic.
    close curtains.

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    When I first clicked through I thought you guys had just got better at making 'period' photography. Glad I read the rest. Fantastic story----what an amazing coincidence!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    When I first clicked through I thought you guys had just got better at making 'period' photography. Glad I read the rest. Fantastic story----what an amazing coincidence!
    yeah, it's odd to research an odd rare bike only to tie the builder back to your family. it still amazes me.

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    And that he (father in law) was able to dredge up the old photos. Cool stuff. You should curate them---get a photo and bike history exhibition up somewhere in SD.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    And that he (father in law) was able to dredge up the old photos. Cool stuff. You should curate them---get a photo and bike history exhibition up somewhere in SD.
    haha, remember outside of about 200 people in the world nobody gives a rats a$$ about these old bikes.

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    Ha--perhaps! But I think the story is cool enough to hook people, and your father in law seems to have a good eye. The "Meeting Modernity" thing here at Neojaponisme (http://neojaponisme.com/category/past/photography-past/) is older, but they've got shows happening pretty regularly.

    Between bikes, history, photography, world record setting (!), and the Japanese angle I think it could be pretty awesome!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Neat story, Sky.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Suck that Rapha!

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    My name is Marcelo, everyone I know in Brazil as "Jassa" I do not personally know the VVA, but I am a big fan of his, here I had the pleasure to interview you and make a full report about it published in a forum Brazil where I belong.
    Tribute to VVA. Congratulations!

    http://www.pedal.com.br/forum/atuali...opic10201.html

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    Nice bike VC and a good story.

    I have always been intrigued with this part about VVoA also.
    http://chiefacoins.com/Database/Micr...of_America.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by MABman
    Nice bike VC and a good story.

    I have always been intrigued with this part about VVoA also.
    http://chiefacoins.com/Database/Micr...of_America.htm
    the coins are cool i think. a friend of mine randomly found one on a trail in the LA area. i need to ask VVA if he ever scattered coins around on trails just for fun or if it actually got lost there after a Reseda to the Sea race or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veloculture
    haha, remember outside of about 200 people in the world nobody gives a rats a$$ about these old bikes.
    As one of the 200, I miss your shop having a back room that served as a mountain bike museum.

    Cool find and great story.

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    Victor gave me a few of his coins. It's funny to recall that his "future date" of 1994 once looked to be so far off as to be science fiction.








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    That's what I'm talking about
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    Cool font
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    Cool font
    Among his many talents, VVA designed typefaces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Among his many talents, VVA designed typefaces.

    Is he still around?

    -Schmitty-

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASSABRASIL
    My name is Marcelo, everyone I know in Brazil as "Jassa" I do not personally know the VVA, but I am a big fan of his, here I had the pleasure to interview you and make a full report about it published in a forum Brazil where I belong.
    Tribute to VVA. Congratulations!

    http://www.pedal.com.br/forum/atuali...opic10201.html
    Brilliant link JASSABRASIL!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    Is he still around?

    -Schmitty-

    Yes.. he commented on another VVA thread here not too long ago I think. He's in Norcal now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelon
    Brilliant link JASSABRASIL!!!!
    all (or most of) those pictures there were taken from mtbr...

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    Yes. I took many photos of the forum and received some of Mr. Victor, the interview came out separately in the forum and for some reason disappeared, but the matter also published a monthly magazine here in Brazil.
    I spent at least two months exchanging emails and talking on various subjects, inlusive because he understands Portuguese, because I lived in Brazil, where he worked and married a Brazilian.
    Sorry for my bad English, I am using a translator online.







    I can only say that Mr. VVA, is a unique person, has the young and competitive spirit of the 90s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASSABRASIL
    Yes. I took many photos of the forum and received some of Mr. Victor, the interview came out separately in the forum and for some reason disappeared, but the matter also published a monthly magazine here in Brazil.
    I spent at least two months exchanging emails and talking on various subjects, inlusive because he understands Portuguese, because I lived in Brazil, where he worked and married a Brazilian.
    Sorry for my bad English, I am using a translator online.



    I can only say that Mr. VVA, is a unique person, has the young and competitive spirit of the 90s.
    hey, very cool. nice work. I never knew he spoke Portuguese. Your English is just fine!

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    Vva

    He's certainly a varied artist. This negative image of Free Dog, found online, has served well as a desktop background for years. Cheers from Trondheim.
    Last edited by Rev. Gusto; 04-17-2011 at 02:05 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    hey, very cool. nice work. I never knew he spoke Portuguese. Your English is just fine!
    Mr. Victor worked in publishing in April (very famous here), a family, had a son and when he returned to America, he created the Topanga.
    He understands and writes very well Portuguese, like much of Brazilian regional music, especially rustic (I hate ) but it is a great man, his achievements do not compare to any other of his time.
    As for my English, thank GOOGLE! kkkkkkk!
    For release in the history of MTB, I always resorting to the North American sites, where I can get the most information.
    As the United States is the country of MTB, it seems fair to go to the child's father.

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    Let me add a VVA photo you won't find anywhere else, although I have already posted it here on another thread.

    This is from the "Hall of Fame Ride" around 1989 in Crested Butte.

    Victor is kneeling in the checked shirt.

    Others are from left standing, Paul Anderson, myself, Joe Breeze, David Peoples, Carole Bauer, ?, Wende Cragg, ?, Gary Fisher is in the red and yellow jersey, ?, Rick Baldwin, Mark Slate and Mike Sinyard.

    Kneeling are VVA and Matt Hebbard, Dave Lindsay and Hank Barlow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Let me add a VVA photo you won't find anywhere else, although I have already posted it here on another thread.

    This is from the "Hall of Fame Ride" around 1989 in Crested Butte.

    Victor is kneeling in the checked shirt.

    Others are from left standing, Paul Anderson, myself, Joe Breeze, David Peoples, Carole Bauer, ?, Wende Cragg, ?, Gary Fisher is in the red and yellow jersey, ?, Rick Baldwin, Mark Slate and Mike Sinyard.

    Kneeling are VVA and Matt Hebbard, Dave Lindsay and Hank Barlow.
    Great picture Repack Rider! I ask permission to post it on my topic in Brazil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASSABRASIL
    Great picture Repack Rider! I ask permission to post it on my topic in Brazil.
    Please mention that Dave Epperson took the photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Please mention that Dave Epperson took the photo.

    Thank you very much. I've posted and I did mention that he asked.

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    wholy crap that is cool!
    I got to sit next to Mr. Vicente at my second InterBike during the MBHoF induction in 2002.
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    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    wholy crap that is cool!
    I got to sit next to Mr. Vicente at my second InterBike during the MBHoF induction in 2002.
    Yeah, and you even rode with him once to at another HOf function......you were on a crappy Maverik
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    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    I got to sit next to Mr. Vicente at my second InterBike during the MBHoF induction in 2002.
    The formal handle is "Mr. Vincente of America." That's a mouthful, so most people call him Victor.

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