''The year was 1967. Perry Sands was 19 years old and he decided it was time he had a chopper. This wasn’t just any chopper, but a 1946 Indian Chief. As all kids do, they bite off more than they can chew. But with a unique eye, a colorful idea, and lots of hard work, the Peyote Puffer was born in his father's garage. He used every skill he had to fabricate the bike including fiberglass, torch, and gas welding. He stripped off everything unnecessary in true chopper fashion and pulled a peanut tank off a Mustang, welding, glassing, and molding it onto the frame. There were only two items of paint on the bike, the frame with the tank and the rear fender, which was attached haphazardly to the frame. The rest of the parts went to chrome including the cylinders and every nut and bolt. When the parts returned from getting their finish they were set in the den in the family home until Sandy, Perry’s mom had enough. She pushed Perry to finish the Indian in the garage. After months of work, the bike was on wheels, running and ready for the show circuit. Perry made it to the Long Beach Show at the sports arena and then took a trip to the LA Sports Arena.''

 ''Shortly after the bike made its debut, the young Perry Sands and the bike hit the road. Literally. It was 1969 and Perry was on a speed run in front of the Golden Sails Hotel on PCH. Perry had changed the stock carburetor in for a Tillotson paired with Sporty mufflers and the bike was running great, a little too great apparently! (...) The frame had to be replaced and the Peyote Puffer was no more.''

''Miraculously, 50 years later Perry was reunited with the original Frame. This was the machine that started it all and inspired the family business, Performance Machine. His son, Roland, who was born into the two-wheeled fraternity has joined forces with his father to see the Peyote Puffer rebuilt for the Born Free Show, originally in 2020 and now for 2021. It was their goal to rebuild the bike from scratch as Perry did years ago.''

Photo credit and quotes via Roland Sands Design

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.