|The Crickets and their new Britbikes; Joe B.Mauldin on this Thunderbird, Jerry Allison on his TR6A Trophy, Holly on his Cyclone|
|Jerry Allison's receipt for his TR6A Trophy, engine #011972...who has it now?|
|Jack McCormack from importer Johnson Motors congratulates Ray Miller on the opening of his new Triumph/Ariel dealership. McCormack's story is worth retelling; he left Johnson two years later to become Honda's sole importer in 1961, selling a phenomenal 17,000 units, after spending literally half the combined ad budget of the entire US bike industry ($150k) on a series of pages in Life magazine. Honda refused to raise his salary after making them a household name, so he set up Suzuki US in '63. In 1967 he founded American Eagle, which offered a wide range of re-badged Laverda, Kawasaki, Italjet, and Sprites.|
Later in 1958, Holly 'went solo' and moved to NYC, and played under his own name with Tommy Allsup, Carl Bunch, and Waylon Jennings, who purchased Holly's Ariel after the 'day the music died' plane crash. The Jennings family still owns the Ariel; what became of the two Triumphs is a mystery.
|Holly's 1958 Ariel Cyclone, in Waylon Jennings' home|