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vintageskates

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This one might not have meaning for the majority, but for those of you who skated the Mid-Atlantic region in the late 70's, you know the significance of it. Air Flow was the shop board of the Crofton Skatepark in Crofton, MD - made by the same folks as Belair boards in nearby Bowie, MD. Air Flows had amazing graphics, on par with Dogtown in the same era.

This is the popular Air Dragon, a big flat beast that was the park favorite. Rare as hell. The board seemed to have bee re-appropriated in the 80's since it had rail holes and a crappy "New Wave" grip tape job when I got it. I took off the grip, recreated the exact logo in the exact size and placed it where the original one was, covering the whole top with clear grip, just as the originals were.

The rails are NOS original Schmitt Stix, which fit the existing holes. The tail has a little wear on one side, but I added a NOS Power Pivot anyhow. The risers are 70's era rubber 1/2" ones, used but clean. The trucks are Tracker Sixtrack re-casts from a few years back. The wheels are Air Flow Snapbacks, used but not coned. These were poured by the same urethane company that did the Belair wheels.

It's rare beyond belief. I already have another Air Flow in my collection, so I am taking offers on this baby, either the deck only or as a complete. I'll keep it posted only on the BDS forum for now unless there is no interest here. This seems like the most likely forum for folks to be in the know about this particular board though!

Please ask any questions you may have. Thanks!

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sweet F/N ride![thumb][thumb]
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That's cool!

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Cool board, look like Belair wheels too.
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I added my pictures into my Pinterest account -- click the link if you want -- be warned -- lotta pics in there -- I paid $330 for my AirFlow!! (THANKS KRAM FOR THE HOWTO ON THE LINKS)


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That's a beaut! The complete was $330? The Megatrons alone might be worth that!
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That is a super sweet Air Flow.  Ahhhhh, Crofton Skatepark in the late 70s.  Northeast corner of Rt 3 N and 450.  Had that mellow freestyle area right up front with shallow 3 to 4 foot banks around it.  Had my first cement bowl vert attempt and success in the bowl straight behind that.  As I recall, two ends and right side were steep, but left side was vertical.  Then to the left of that freestyle area was that small drop in from hell bowl.  First two kids in front of me had to be helped out, one with a broken arm.  Finally worked up the nerve.  Really tight as I recall?  Unless it was high noon, I don't think the sun hit the bottom of that bowl!  

Then that park was replaced by that huge water slide, and now industrial/business park.  

This was what, 5 years ago?  What the hell do you mean almost 40??!!

Just found this link: 
http://dorksessions.com/Maryland/Crofton.htm


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Yep, I still dream about that park. Skated it until the bulldozers filled in the last bowl. Sigh.
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Awesome set up!! that thing is rad!! where did you get that grip??!! that grip would look great on my new triptown!!
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Didn't Pat Skatefink have one of those? RIP!!!
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I believe the clear grip is Bullet by NHS. It's been a few years since I set this up so I am not 100% positive on this. It did go on smooth with no air bubbles though.
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Didn't Pat Skatefink have one of those? RIP!!!


He may have, but it was likely a BT's skate. Or he could possibly have had both. Scott might know. Beast from the East, which also had a dragon in the graphic. Pat gave liquid (Brian) his rider many years back. It's in really good to mint condition as best I recall, and have seen photos of it posted, but they've likely been lost to photobucket. I've been in contact with Pat's friend who owned, operated and made BT's and he still has some blanks from BITD. He was talking about doing something along the BT's line with those blanks last summer, but I haven't heard anything. I'll hit him up to see if he's still planning to do something. They were awesome boards, sprayed rails, routed wheel wells and rails and very light. Would love to have a modern day version of the BT's art on a vintage blank. The one I have is 31X11.

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I'd love to see a pic of that BT!
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PROBABLY THE MOST OBSCURE NAME IN SKATEBOARD HISTORY...BT'S (BERT TOULOTTE SKATES) FROM TOWSON,MARYLAND
HERE'S MINE... NOS NEVER DRILLED....1979 "THE BEAST FROM THE EAST"



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NOT TRYING TO HIJACK THIS THREAD !!! [frown]

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The above deck is NOT mine. Looked in the Collector's Corner searching BT's and this is the only photo still in there on page 2. This belongs to verdugo
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