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#1 2012-06-12 12:34am

wittmand
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1974 Newport Eagle

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1974 Newport Eagle

Rare oldschool Monoshock BMX racer

The Newport Eagle frame was made by a company named Newport Design and Manufacturing inc. located in Newport California and there was an optional suspension fork avaialable.
There doesn’t seem to be much information today about this company. I will update as I do research. I know that they were around in 1974 and that my dad had bought the frame from a local bicycle shop. I also know that they sponsored at least one BMX racer in that era.
I have only seen 3 of these bikes. Mine, one a friend had in school and a red one online in the bmxmuseum.com forums.
I remember coming home from school one afternoon at about the age of 6 or 7 and my dad was holding it as a surprise for me. He said when I saw it I started walking faster and faster then ran when I figured out that that beast was for me. I loved that bike.
What a tuff monster it was too. It took so much abuse and it kept working. I got over 8 years of riding pleasure out of it.
Probably the most interesting history is my luck at getting it back after theft.
When I was about 11 years old it was stolen from my back yard and sold to a neighborhood kid who was then stopped by my father while riding through our yard. Our property was a shortcut through the neighborhood that bypassed a rather large hill. The kid’s parents claimed that they had bought everything but the wheels so the ones in the pictures are not the originals.
Believe it or not it was stolen a second time. I was going to visit my Dad at a job sight and had stopped on the way to watch Southern Pacific switch some railroad cars at which time it was stolen again. I got to the job sight and told my Dad and his co-workers what had happened and after work one of them went to the scene of the crime and found the bicycle hidden in the bushes. Lucky me!!
  Unfortunately for the Eagle, later I bought a redline frame and built another BMXR and the Eagle has been sitting ever since. There is only surface rust and after sharing it with everyone I am now starting the restoration to make it just the way my dad assembled it all those years ago.
 
 
Updated 9/25/2012
As of July 13, 2012 I finished restoring this bike, you can see the process at:
  http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=431587
 
Or see finished bike at:
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.p … 0#p3637710
 


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#2 2012-07-01 11:55am

RADMAX
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Re: 1974 Newport Eagle

incredible frame!!!!! yikes

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#3 2012-07-15 12:16am

wittmand
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Re: 1974 Newport Eagle

After thinking about it, I have only seen two; mine and the one here on the bmxmuseum.com which was on the past for sale section.
http://bmxmuseum.com/forsale/29373#comment-99541
I remember on my friends bike, some of the tubes were round and it had different square tubing. It also I believe had a longer head tube. It's been a long time and I don't remember the exact details but I know it wasn't exactly the same.

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#4 2012-08-19 1:03pm

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Re: 1974 Newport Eagle

Wow that thing is pretty crazy......cool


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