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Rebel Racing (1981 - 1987)
From a recent email:
Noticed on the Rebel Racing page you show Rebel to have been owned by
Bernie Anderson. Not completely accurate. Bernie started Rebel Racing
with Roland Chankin in '81, but then sold it and Blazer Racing to
Charles Bruce in '82. Charles Bruce was the marketing arm of Rebel
Racing, until Roland Chankin and Bernie Anderson parted ways due to
personal issues between each other after the ABA Texas Tour in '82
(Really have no details why.). Manufacturing was actually in Phoenix
through a Gene Roden (ABA) contact. Charles Bruce was the one who took
over the management of the race team in late '82 and moved manufacturing
of Rebel to Tennessee in late '83/early '84 to a manufacturer who also
made Vector, because the quality of the Rebel/Blazer frames coming out
of Arizona had quality issues and many were braking at the head tube.
This is when the Rebel stick tails (Gen 2) frames started.
Charles Bruce closed up shop in '87, after the economy and BMX took a down turn.
Factory Rebel Rider from 81-87.