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Neal Scouten in Chicago in the 60's

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:45 am
by JJR60616
Was wanting to post a message asking if anyone in the racing community remembers or knows of a Neal Scouten, used to live in Chicago, in the Beverly neighborhood on 104th Street off Charles.

I was a young kid who lived across the street from him, back in the 60's.

He used to do race car frame fabrications. Some of the cars I remember seeing in his garage were Little Red Wagon and Der Mini Brute among many others... I used to mow his lawn, shovel his snow and wash his cars, basically was his indentured servant and he took pity on me when he saw me trying to build the old bicycle/lawn mower contraptions and he welded my frames to be safer, did a couple of extended front ends, drove me to Richards Hobby Shop and bought me my first real throttle and centrifugal clutch set-up.

Pretty much put me on the track in my motorcycle days and there's not many days I don't think about him...especially when I'm building a bike now. I had kind of a dysfunctional family and between him and the next door neighbors, the Wynns, and Root/Eriksons they kept me on the right track when I was a kid.

I owe him (or his family if hes gone by now) a huge thank you, so am hoping I can find him. Let me know if anyone remembers him or knows anything on where he might be now.

Re: Neal Scouten in Chicago in the 60's

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:26 pm
by draglist
Welcome aboard and good luck with your search. bp

Re: Neal Scouten in Chicago in the 60's

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:00 pm
by JJR60616
Well, looks like too much time has passed and I won't get the chance to tell him how he changed a major part of my life.
So I'll leave it at this...anyone that reads this, don't forget that what you do or say to the kids that show up at your doorstep, or shop door...can have a big impact.
I remember a few people in my life, and can trace parts of who I am today directly back to people and incidents that are as fresh today as they were then.
Every word of encouragement, every time someone stopped to listen, to show me how to bend metal the right way, explain how a small engine worked and why mine wasn't...
And who talked with me...when I had nothing good to talk about, maybe a family issue, maybe just a personal problem, but helped to fuel my interest in motorcycles, when I used them to get away from my problems...
Be a sport and spend that couple of minutes...

Re: Neal Scouten in Chicago in the 60's

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:47 pm
by draglist
Great advice. Thanks. bp