From:steve obst
Subject:RE: RE: RE: E.J.Cole pre auction trivia Date:Sun Mar 15 14:54:21 2015
Response to:5567
Pretty hard to bid with confidence, not
like buying a bike from a friend. Rule
of thumb is ride before you buy it.

Don't know anything about the bike other
than it's probably been in the Cole
collection for close to 30 years. It
was apparently owned by Jerome Fox of
Kinsley, KS who passed away in the late
70s, although widow Fox may have been
the seller some time after that. Jerome
was of the Otis Spiker era. His name
appears in some of the Restoral copies.
The Mecum photos show good details of
the bike. "Bid with confidence"

Anybody know anything about the KJ ?

Here is a partial picture taken at
Molson Park Barrie Ontario, of the
perfect running rebuilt 1928 Deluxe I
sold EJ circa 1981 at the Schenectady
AMCA meet. I took the $2200 he offered
rather than the NOS 1940's knucklehead
bike that Tom Kell offered me in a
straight swap ! EJ told me the Hen was
his first bike and he was just beginning
to collect . I am sure I will exagerate
a bit when I am 89 too.
Getting back to the bike, I contacted
the old timer who had "restored it" and
he told me he did not want a sidecar so
he took the one attached to this bike to
the dump. Yes, I did ask for the dump
location to no avail.
I see my old bike is not in the
auction. Lonnie Sr. told me they had
about 900 bikes at one time and my old
Hen had been stolen and recovered. We
may never know the whole truth.