1971 Triumph Bonneville Motorcycle Ernie from California

Ernie is known throughout the country for his legendary motorcycle racing and his passion for classic cars.  Ernie acquired a 1939 Ford Cab Over Engine in the great state of Michigan and used it to haul his fifth wheel and an old moving van. These days Ernie likes to share his truck with folks at all types of shows.

Ernie participates in Pasadena, CA’s annual Do-Dah parade which is a parody of the Rose Bowl Parade. Ernie rides his 1971 Triumph Bonnevile with a California Side Car in the parade and dresses up as a Devil, known locally as the "Devil in the Do-Dah." 

In 1948 at the age of 14, Ernie participated in his first motorcycle race at the Slauson Speedway in East LA. His last race was at the Adelanto Grand Prix in 2007. He was inducted into Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Sidecar Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ernie is most famous for his stunt work in the movie “On Any Sunday,” a motorcycle documentary showcasing Mert Lawell, an AMA National Champion, Malcolm Smith, a USA Gold Medal winner, and the legendary Steve McQueen. Ernie played the Easter Bunny in the side car. He's also done stunts in various films from 1970 through 1973. If the movie in this era had a motorcycle with a sidecar, he was probably in it.  

Nominated by Kevin in ASST