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anstee

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My dad started his skate shops in the mid ‘70s purely by accident. As he owned his own engineering business he had access to wholesalers in London and so was always coming home with bits of junk he had brought usually for the only reason, ‘it was cheap’. One day he came home with a super skuda skateboard which I was to share with my brother (at the time skateboards were virtually unheard of in the UK.) As soon as we took it out there was plenty of request from friends to have one. So he came home with a box of 6. Then 6 boxes of 6 and so it went on. Pretty soon his company office in Ampthill had converted in to a skate shop. Then in a couple of years skateboarding was booming and parks were popping up all over. My dad branched out with shops in The Rolling Thunder Skatepark in London and the Rom Skatepark in Essex. He also developed his own line of skateboards, Manx skates. Life was good spending pretty much every weekend in skateparks as well as having a dad with a skate shop and the occasional well known skater staying at your house did your street cred a lot of good.

Then in about 1980 skateboarding in the UK died out almost overnight, strangled to death by health and safety legislation according to my dad. His shops closed and he was left with a lot of unsold stock. So there you have it. The unsold stock sat in his garage for the next 30 years. Mainly boxes of cheap boards and trucks covered in dust and spiders webs. I now have a son who has got into skating. On hearing this, his grandfather offered to give him a ‘good board’ to ride and pulled out a 1977 Santa Cruz in perfect unused condition. On the way home I advised my son to perhaps check out the value of this before wrecking it up the park. After looking on ebay I went back to my dad and asked if he maybe had any more ‘good boards’ hidden away anywhere. My dad has always been a bit guarded about the stuff in his attic so we always assumed he had a collection of dead relatives up there. But sometimes it’s nice to be wrong........

.........My dad has since gone on to tell me he had never really done any of it for massive profit, selling the stuff just above what he had paid for it. Over the years since the shops have closed he has given away many ‘good boards’ to the local kids for no reason other than making them happy. So if you are ever in a small town in the English countryside and see a bunch of kids riding  Alva lightbeams,  Shogo airbeams, Peralta beamers........

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wow!!!!!!!!!!!! thats your dads pension sorted for when he retires then,amazing


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My,my......what a collection you have there,Do you have them hanging anywhere or were they just pulled out for the photos?

 A beautiful lot......I can't stop drooling...

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they should be hanging in my room


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wow ! it's like a time machine. very nice !   !


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1 word... ENVY

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HOLY CRAP!!!! 

IT'S A MOTHER LOAD OF GRAILS...

Not one, but TWO Kanoa Tri-Beams
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Plain and simple AWESOME !!! Love the Benji Boards. And the rest...

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Any chance you would be interested in selling one of the Kanoa Tri Beams?
anstee

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Sorry the Kanoas have already gone to a good home.

Grandpaskates

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Amazing collection! Thanks for sharing it!


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Very cool! Its amazing how some of this stuff comes up! great story and thanks for sharing it and the pictures! I have never seen Powerflex Pigs like those before! Is everything sold off now?
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Yeah those Powerflex's look sweet...is that an eight wheeler Manx?
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