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Smokin’!

Posted by kernelbob on July 19, 2008

Smoke along Hwy 96

Smoke along Hwy 96

Today I’m writing a travel ‘blog.  I’m in the middle of a short road trip to California.

Yesterday after work I drove down to Ashland.

Today I drove through a forest fire, found the Travel Log, and entered the Bay Area.

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Kinetic Vehicles

Posted by kernelbob on July 4, 2008

I found another tiny vehicle manufacturer.  Kinetic Vehicles. Kinetic makes Locost parts and kits.  The Locost is a vernacular implementation of the Lotus Seven, kind of an open-source car.

The interesting thing about Kinetic is that it’s in Creswell, just ten miles away.  Now I’ll have to pay a visit.

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Oregon’s Bespoke Vehicle Makers

Posted by kernelbob on June 4, 2008

I found two more local small-time vehicle manufacturer this weekend.

Galen Cycles is a bicycle builder near Roseburg.  They specialize in carbon fiber frames.

And MotoCzysz is designing an all-new racing motorcycle in Portland.  The project is ambitious and well-funded.

They join Brammo Motorsports, who make the Ariel Atom in Ashland*, Dennis Palatov, who’s ever so slowly creating the DP1 single-seater track car, and  Randy Grubb of Grant’s Pass who created Jay Leno’s famous Tank Car.  There are probably more that I don’t know about yet.  I’m sure there are four or five other bike frame makers.

Is Oregon special?  Or are there tiny manufacturers following their dreams in other areas too?  Conventional wisdon isn’t, “Performance vehicle cottage industry?  Go to Oregon!”

* I have heard rumors, but know no facts, about Brammo selling off the Atom business.

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