It was a bittersweet final goodbye to late Hall of Famer, Gary Nixon as Bob Sholly (former racer and close friend of Gary) auctioned Nixon's estate to help Garys widow and children. While the loss of the legend is still an open wound for those who were close to the famed motorcycle racer, the sale itself was a rather joyful gathering of enthusiasts, fans and friends - who told tales (some taller than others) and remembered the legacy of number nine through the motorcycles, photographs and personal artifacts that were offered to the public on this warm June morning.
Three Triumphs were the highlight of the event - two cubs and a tr25, all built by the man himself and all with racing pedigree and trophies/photos to back it up. All three ended up going to an unknown absentee bidder, though rumors of the bikes reemerging in another auction later this year have already begun to circulate.
Much more than an estate sale, this was a final retrospective - an exhibit of Nixons racing career and a unparalleled peek into the private collection of the late-great hero. R.I.P. Gary.
Must have been amazing to see all that history. Did you pick anything up?ReplyDelete
i bought one of Gary's Machinist tool boxes that was full of lathe bits and reamers - all useful stuff. It has the Gary Nixon Enterprises on the lid and it is sitting proudly next to my Southbend lathe.ReplyDelete
Thanks for posting those pics Matt. What a thrill to see all that history in one place.ReplyDelete
Really wish I could have gone !
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