1999 Cheeta Schoony
Cheeta Schoony- no record exsists for this frame
The Cheeta Schoony is one of mystery. The story goes that Cris Schoony Schoonover was joining Cheeta Racing team and they designed a prototype signature frame based on the current team frames. Apparently there was four made, and all without a serial number anywhere. These frames were sent to distributors around the world and obviously Chris kept one for racing. I gather the idea was to showcase the new frames before they went on sale. Now what happened next is still a mystery but the frames never went to production. I'm not sure if Chris left Cheeta or they just decided the new frames weren't easy to mass produce or what. Either way it stopped there.
This particular frame ended up at the distributors shop in New Zealand to promote. It sat around a couple of years in the shop before the son built it as his race bike. The family sold up and moved to Perth Western Australia in 2002 and in 2003 the world BMX Titles were held in Perth. This was the last time this bike was reced and it placed third in the world in the 14 year old boys class. After that the bike was used as a street bike and as the usual as we get older the bike got used less and less. The guy ended up going to jail for some reason and the housemate who he owed money to sold the bike and some of his other stuff. At the time I didn't know this but I bought the bike and restored it back to its former glory. I even found a 2003 Redbull world title number plate hidden in my little stash to go on it.
I was contacted by the family who owned it and I offered the bike back to them however they declined and said it was being looked after but they did give me a lot of the information I've said above.
Fast forward to Fathers Day 2020 and my unit gets broken into and this bike happens to be one that was stolen. We've never recovered the frame but I did get back the rim set so it's been stripped down.
As there is only three of these frames known to exist in the world it wont take to long before someone sees it. I know all of Australia BMX collectors are looking for it a long with the other bikes not recovered.
Submitted by Leereynolds