|George Disteel towards the end of his life, with a gaffer's tape eyepatch to help him work around his cataracts|
George was an avid motorcyclist, a fan of Vincent motorcycles, owning a Black Shadow named 'Sad Sack', and apparently a rider of some skill. Born in 1904, he discovered Marin county in the 1940s after serving in the military - a motorcyclist paradise, full of empty, twising roads and year-round mild weather. No one today knows what machines George owned before the Vincent, but he seems to have purchased his Shadow brand new, and created an impression in the local motorcycling community, not only for his riding ability and choice of the World's Fastest Production Motorcycle (as it said in the Vincent advertising), but of his increasingly erratic behavior, and appearance.
|The late Alex McLean, a motorcycle dealer north of San Francisco, with one of Disteel's bikes, a Vincent Black Knight, still bearing its English registration plate. Note the BSA Gold Star muffler, and luggage rack on the back.|
|Alex McLean again, with a c.1947 Velocette KSS 'bob job', in typical American late '40s style|
|Testing compression on a Royal Enfield Interceptor|
|The local TV station (KRON channel 4) covered the auction at Butterfield+Butterfield|
|The Moto Guzzi Stornello (?)|