Vince Lupo wrote:The final photo in this long and strange trip -- the SuperHawk amongst its new friends.
The SuperHawk and its New Friends by Vince Lupo, on Flickr
Many thanks for tagging along on this ride.
CYP77 - Police | Race Bikes | Choppers, Bobbers and Mods
Looks like a friendly bunch.....
'60 C77 '60 C72 '62 C72 Dream '63 CL72
'61 CB72 '64 CB77 '65 CB160
'66 Matchless 350 '67 CL77
'67 S90 '77 CB400F
Just when I thought the story of my bike was over.....
My friend Lee (who, as you may recall, has done a lot of the custom painting on my bike), just purchased this 1/16th scale MPC model of a SuperHawk. He sent me these photos last night of the kit and decal sheet -- hmm, something looks rather familiar!
SuperHawk Kit1 by Vince Lupo, on Flickr
SuperHawk Kit2 by Vince Lupo, on Flickr
SuperHawk Kit4 by Vince Lupo, on Flickr
SuperHawk Kit4a by Vince Lupo, on Flickr
I designed the crossed flags, and Lee hand-painted the red ribbon with the '1966' back in 2010. The curved white 'SuperHawk' lettering for my pedestrian slicer was done in at least 2007. So what the heck is going on????
I contacted the company, Round2 Corp (who owns MPC) this morning to find out how my custom-designed artwork ended up in their model. The licensing dept is currently (I hope!) researching how that happened. The fellow I spoke with told me that they normally submit a copy of the decals for a given model to the company (Honda in this case) for approval, so he was surprised that Honda would have approved these.
I'll be interested to see, what, if anything will happen. Clearly their designers did research online, saw my bike, thought those designs were cool and subsequently added them to the kit. What they didn't realize is that those were custom designs, bought and paid for by me. We'll see how it turns out!
Hey Vince, the strangest things happen these days with the availability of info.
A couple of years ago when Scotty Moore , Elvis' Guitar Player, passed away, I went to his
website just browsing around. I see a link to Elvis' motorcycles. OK so I click on it and there is a picture taken in my basement of my 1955 Harley 165. http://scottymoore.net/elvisharley56kh.html
Yep, thats my bike in my basement
Where they got it , I don't have a clue.
Anyway, when I sold the bike on Ebay, I put the link in the description.
The bike sold VERY WELL and now sits in some Eastern European Collection.
I finally have an update on the Honda model kit...
I spoke with Round 2 Corp's CEO, Craig Lundquist, and everything has been resolved. On their next reorder of the kit (which hopefully will in fact happen!), they'll include both my name and Lee's name in the kit. Of course I was hoping that it would also include Caribbean vacation homes for both of us, but this is a fair solution.
I did suggest to Craig that on the next reorder that he make the bike black instead of blue, include a pedestrian slicer (so that the SuperHawk decals could then be properly used), include three checkered stripe decals for the tank and fenders, and then they could rename it 'The Vince Lupo Japan Meets Britain SuperHawk'. I'm pretty sure they'd sell like hotcakes :)