Every Spring in Durham
|Pictured: SE Rochelle and Wife, Durham, NC circa 1920something.|
In April 2013, Ton Up N*C presented the SE Rochelle Reliability Run as a 100 year tribute tribute to S.E. Rochelle's contribution to North Carolina's motorcycle heritage. Here were the details:
|Inside Rochelle's Durham shop (photo courtesy of Durham Library).|
Rochelle not only provided the Durham motorcyclists with bikes, he created a motorcycle community in ways ranging from his promotion of motorcycle related attractions at the local amusement park, to the organization of a riding club and many local versions of the AMA sanctioned Gypsy Day Tour rides. Rochelle's Gypsy Day rides consisted of a round trip from Durham to Greensboro and back. Rochelle's club also traveled all over the USA.
|Outside the old shop on Parrish Street, SE Rochelle is 2nd from right. (photo courtesy Durham Library).|
|Chad and I outside the old 208 Parrish Street location of Rochelle's old shop. It is Dos Perros restaurant now.|
|Whirl of Death motordome at Lakewood Park in Durham (photo courtesy of Durham Library).|
|Rochelle's Durham Gypsy Day Tour ride circa 1923 at Trinity College now Duke University.|
(photo courtesy of Durham Library)
|Durham motorcyclists band together (photo courtesy of Durham Library).|
|SE Rochelle and his motorcycle club circa 1910 (photo courtesy of Durham Library).|
For more information on SE Rochelle, visit the Endangered Durham website, to which I am indebted for much of my knowledge about Mr. Rochelle.
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