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Bullfighter Greg Rumohr Dies in Heavy Equipment Accident at 53



Courtesy of the PRCA

SPRINGS, Colo. – Greg Rumohr, the 1990 world champion freestyle bullfighter and a three-time reserve world champion, died May 11 when a piece of heavy equipment he was delivering to a ranch in Cranfills Gap, Texas, fell on him. He was 53.

Rumohr, a native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in May 1988 and spent the next 24 seasons developing a reputation for being one of the toughest and most athletic bullfighters the sport has ever seen.

Before moving to Texas and making rodeo his career, Rumohr had been a four-time Golden Gloves champion, a Junior Olympic Boxing champion, a two-time Alberta Junior Hockey League All-Star Team participant and a Class A hunting and fishing guide.

He got his first big bullfighting break in 1989 when his mentor, Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Rex Dunn, was forced into retirement by an injury and gave Rumohr all of his remaining contracts, including the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, Neb.

“This guy thrives on the impossible,” Dunn once said of Rumohr. “He thrives on doing what no one else can do.”

Rumohr worked the North Platte event for the next 23 years, until his retirement in 2011, when he was presented with the committee’s Trail Boss Award for his longtime service.

“He’s just done a wonderful job for us inside and outside the arena as far as public appearances, autograph signings and anything else we need,” rodeo co-chairman Marty Petersen told the North Platte Telegraph at the time. “Not to mention that he’s one of the best cowboy protection bullfighters in the nation.”

Rumohr worked the 2003 Tour Finale in Dallas and served as a bullfighter at the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo in 1991.

His athleticism allowed him to excel on the Wrangler Bullfight Tour for many years. Rumohr made the freestyle finals, held in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, 11 times from 1989-2000 (when the competition ended).

He won the world championship in 1990 by 21.5 points over Donny Sparks and was runner-up in 1995, 1997 and 1999.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted on www.prorodeo.com as soon as they become available.

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Model: Jessica A. Sztayer
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Photographer: Mike Satterfield
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Car(s): 1975 Ford Courier / 1979 Fiat Brava
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CRUZ by Vintage Electric™


California based Vintage Electric™ wheeled onto the Electric Bike scene in August of 2013 with the debut of their flagship model the E-Tracker. The bike gained widespread attention as the “E-Flyer”, a specialized E-Tracker created by Vintage Electric for car manufacturer Icon 4x4. Setting out to disrupt the market with a “planned obsolescence is bull-shit” attitude, Vintage Electric has captured a global audience by bringing to their customers high-performance bikes with hardy functionality and classic design. The “next-generation” or “throw-away” mentality of so many products today has no place at Vintage Electric, these bikes are built to stand-the test of time – like the kind of barn-find restoration pieces that gear-heads dream about discovering.


Their dream-child and inception model the E-Tracker pulls its inspiration from the outlawed board-track motorcycles of the early 1900’s and stuns with the charm of this by-gone era. Vintage Electric’s newest model the CRUZ, is equally nostalgic. A Classic California beach cruiser meets design elements reminiscent of the American Art Deco movement.

Offering the same best-in-class performance as the E-Tracker, the CRUZ leads the industry with a top-speed of 36 mph in race-mode. Regenerative breaking coupled with Shimano Alfine hydraulic disk brakes provides riders stop-on-a-dime control. In the same fashion as its counterpart, the CRUZ’s top-caliber components include a sandcast aluminum battery box, powerful LED lighting, Phil-Wood front hub, and a Brooks England Ltd leather saddle and grips. A powerful 52-volt battery provides the CRUZ with 30 miles of ride capability and requires minimal charge time (just two hours to fully re-charge). The stained alder wood frame inlay and cast pewter name badge sings the final note for this model’s signature look, which starts for purchase at a tenable $4,995.


As did the E-Tracker, Vintage Electric’s CRUZ continues the narration of a new chapter in electric transportation – one in which stellar design and performance are not just achievable, but the norm.

Reserve your CRUZ at vintageelectricbikes.com



Horses arrive in Shanghai for China leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour



Over 70 of the world’s top show jumping horses have arrived in Shanghai for the China leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour. The equine athletes travelled in first-class conditions on two specially commissioned horse flights from Europe and are now preparing for three days of elite showjumping competition starting on Friday 8th May. The above graphic of the showground, located at the China Art Pavilion, illustrates the fantastic facilities on offer at this unique venue.

Olympic champion and showjumping legend, Ludger Beerbaum, returning to the show for the second year, gave a strong endorsement of the event and conditions organised by Longines Global Champions Tour. “The Longines Global Champions Tour has perfect facilities for us and my horses. The prize-money is very attractive. Jan Tops has advanced our sport to a higher level. He has achieved a much better public perception. As former world class rider he knows our needs. Longines Global Champions Tour is a series which supports the welfare of the horses."

For only the second time, world-class riders will be competing for the top equestrian accolades in mainland China with their own world-class horses. Among those competing are last year’s Longines Global Champions Tour  Grand Prix of Shanghai winner Pieter Devos, looking to make it a double, as well as current Longines Global Champions Tour  ranking leader Scott Brash, who retook his position at the top of the leaderboard following a successful show at Longines Global Champions Tour of Madrid last weekend. In doing so, he knocked Bassem Hassan Mohammed into third position, and there is no doubt that Bassem, with the impressive Palloubet D Halong, will be in fighting spirit to regain this position.

Other top names competing include legendary brothers John and Michael Whitaker, two-time LGCT champion Edwina Tops-Alexander, recent Longines Global Champions Tour of Antwerp champion Simon Delestre as well as 2014 Shanghai victors Constant van Paesschen, Jane Richard Philips and Kevin Staut. World No1 Daniel Deusser, Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher, US No1 Kent Farrington and 2015 World Cup winner Steve Guerdat are also amongst the stellar line-up due to compete.

The prestigious show jumping series is returning to the world-famous China Art Pavilion within the city's World Expo Park site, offering over US$1.38million prize money at the three day competition, with the feature being the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix on Saturday.


Follow the exciting sporting action on our live streaming service at GCT TV and also keep up to date via our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

New tees from Original Cowgirl


Original Cowgirl Clothing Co. has released it's latest collection and the best part is that the fast growing company has added many styles in ladies sizes as well as Jr's. The brand known for its line of graphics tees with Americana and Western themes also offers a great range of handbags, jewelry, hats, and more. Many of their products are available exclusively through their retailers, but their current collection is online now, with select styles being offered up to 4XL.

Check out more on www.originalcowgirlclothingco.com 


 


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Baker, CA

via TheGentlemanRacer.com

I am in Las Vegas pretty often and not that long ago I wrote about the Royal Hawaiian Motel that is in the city of Baker. Well after spending the last week in Vegas for Magic Market Week I headed home the only way there is I-15 through Baker, on to Barstow and then home to the Greater Los Angeles area. Even though I have passed through Baker hundreds of times but never got off the main street... until today.

As you would expect most of Baker is littered with abandoned buildings, old cars, and just general junk. A vacant Correctional Facility is at the north end of town... that closed a few years ago and like the Motel is for sale... other than the little strip where you can see the worlds tallest thermometer and buy some Alien Jerky there is not much left in the town of Baker.

The Royal Hawaiian slowly decomposes on the south end of Baker

Datsun Z bake in the desert sun

Looks like Lone Star and Barf Crashed on Earth and ended up in Baker

A peek inside room 1 at the motel... looks like Hunter S. Thompson and Dr. Gonzo have been staying here

This Lexus broke down here two years ago... and the owner just left it.

Another shell 

A rusty T-Bird waits for someone to save it or crush it

Baker's Claim to Fame

Creeper Van

This sign is at the entrance to the abandoned prison

A gas station on the north end of town... just on the wrong side of the off ramp...

Top Cross Country Road Trips in the U.S.A



By: David Reichman 

Going on a Cross Country Road Trip excites most Road Trip Planners because there's something about the open road that beckons, promising freedom, or at least a taste of it. Finding the balance between hitting as many states as possible and "enjoying the ride" can be somewhat relative, to be sure, but even with a cross country objective, quality still trumps quantity... best to see less at a leisurely pace than to see more in a blur from the highway.

How much time you set aside for this trip greatly impacts the total mileage you'll put on the odometer, as does the number of people in your car. Couples can drive further than families because children just get too antsy to sit still for long periods of time (DVDs & iPods notwithstanding). A group of friends can probably cover the most distance because they can drive through the night and switch drivers every four hours while others sleep (& save on hotel costs to boot).

Okay...now to the TOP 5 CROSS COUNTRY ROAD TRIPS that every Road Trip Planner should try, David Letterman style:

#5 - THE GREAT RIVER ROAD (10 states - 2300 miles): American travelers do so love nostalgia and meandering alongside the great Mississippi River from bow to stern in a manner reminiscent of Mark Twain's riverboat days gets many road trip planners excited about all the possibilities. What's fun is skirting along the edges of two states to follow the river. The Mississippi River is much more romanticized than the Missouri River, which is actually the longest river in the U.S. Your route could be considerably shorter (1500 miles) if you took the more direct route between the headwaters and the mouth...you decide just how closely you want to follow the river. Just make sure you don't miss experiencing the Mississippi River from a riverboat.

#4 - SOUTHERN COMFORTS (8 states - 3000 miles): This cross country road trip allows road trip planners to blend in variety and spice to their trip! Here's where you'll experience the good ol' southern hospitality in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, the Cajun flavors of Louisiana, get a taste of the Texas BBQ, the southwestern spices found in New Mexico, Arizona and the laid back atmosphere of southern California. US-80 will take you through the bulk of this trip which offers more varied cultural experiences than you're likely to get in any other U.S. cross country trip. And the variety is not limited to the cultural differences from town to town but the surrounding landscape which rolls from one type of terrain into another. You start (or end) at the vast stretches of beach at San Diego, travel past a cacti strewn southwestern desert, cruise through seemingly endless plains and into the Deep South cotton lands and plantations. While some travelers are drawn to the green and serene found in a Northern cross-country road trip, many others revel in the South's variegated russet-colored landscapes and straight highways stretching before them like the backbone of America disappearing into the horizon in a purple haze.

#3 - THE OREGON TRAIL (11 states - 3200 miles): This road trip is for road trip planners who want to go the distance while traveling a goodly portion along a historic route. You start (or end) out from the wild Oregon coastline, travel through increasingly diverse terrain, to - and through - dense urban populations and finish by the serene waters of Cape Cod. The Oregon Trail is known best as the migration trail pioneers embarked upon when America was young. Of course, you're not traveling by wagon train so you don't need to set aside four to six months just to traverse the 2,000 mile section they followed (Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska-Wyoming-Idaho-Oregon). In fact, you could comfortably do this road trip in less than 3 weeks (if you rent a car & fly back). The main route you'll follow here is US-20 where you get to hit some truly gorgeous places like Niagara Falls and Yellowstone Park.

#2 - THE PACIFIC COAST ROAD TRIP (3 states - 1500 miles): Even though you're traveling through only three states, you'll be cruising the length of the West Coast from Olympia, Washington in the North, through Oregon and to San Ysidro, California, right near the Mexican Border on the South. Check out Things To Do Along The California Coastline for tips from a long-time Californian (California comprises the bulk of this Road Trip). A good Road Trip Planner can create a kaleidoscope of experiences along this route as it takes you from primitive forests, secluded hideaways, historic towns to major cities with the latest innovations, always flanked by a stunning coastline holding beaches and beach-lovers of every shape and size. Called Star Route 1, more known as Highway 1, with the California stretch called the Pacific Coast Highway, it is mesmerizing.

And the #1 CROSS COUNTRY ROAD TRIP OF ALL TIME? (8 states - 2500 miles): The mother of all highways, the most romanticized, most sung about, most appearances in a movie highway...drum roll please...ROUTE 66! It's so popular that a Google Search for "Route 66" yields more than 6 ½ million results! Covering eight states from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California, it is the #1 recognized Road Trip and well worth any road tripper's attention.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your Road Trip Planner and start your engine! The open road awaits!

Starbucks Saves Historic Los Angeles Gas Station


Nearly two years ago, Starbucks senior store design manager Jonathan Alpert and his team learned of a potential new Starbucks site in Los Angeles. It was an unusual location – an empty old gas station on a fenced-off corner of Highland and Willoughby.

“At the very beginning we knew this was something special,” said Alpert. “The building was in such a dilapidated state, but we could see it had potential. We wanted to restore the building in a way that allowed us to serve the community while celebrating its history.”


The curvilinear art deco structure was built in 1935 during the early days of California’s automobile age and the Golden Era of filmmaking in Hollywood. Gilmore Oil, which was then the largest independent oil company on the West Coast, purchased the parcel from film star Wallace Beery and opened one of its “Red Lion” service stations on the site. It operated as a gas station for several decades, later as a Mobil and Texaco station, until it was vacated in the 1990s.

In its heyday, it was a colorful backdrop for movies and commercials, including a scene between Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours and a fuel stop with Steve Martin in L.A. Story. It was registered as a Los Angeles Historical Cultural Monument in 1992.


Alpert and his team drove back to Starbucks store design studio in Orange County and went to work, collaborating with the city of Los Angeles and hiring a historical consultant to make sure that its historic integrity was preserved during the restoration process.

The team created a design ideal for a store with both a drive-through for cars and walk-up window with outdoor seating area. They restored the main existing structure – the original “Y” shaped service station—as well as the canopy structure from an added car wash. They preserved and restored existing glass and metal elements wherever possible.

“The most interesting architectural features of the building are its sweeping cantilevered canopies that extend out like arms from either side of the building,” Alpert said. “When we came in, these were falling down. We made them structurally sound and now they look much like they did in their original state, 80 years ago.”

The team also made some updates, adding energy efficient LED rope lights to replicate the old tubes of neon lighting. Non-historic contemporary service bay roll-up doors were replaced with aluminum frame garage doors in the style of the period to form an exterior wall.


“We didn’t try to over-brand the building,” he said. “We tried to keep it true to the original, placing only limited signage.”

While the drive-through evokes the same automotive spirit and speedy service of the classic gas station, designers also created inviting outdoor spaces for customers to stop and stay a while. Green Starbucks patio umbrellas shade an open seating area for up to 24 customers, who can gather around a concrete community table or small patio tables. Because the property was primarily paved historically, Starbucks designers limited extensive plantings, but incorporated native grasses, silver carpet ground cover, and loquat trees.

“Starbucks real estate and design teams are always looking for unique locations that connect us to the past,” he said. “Sometimes we stumble on a gem like this one, and are honored to get the chance to bring it back to life.”

The new Highland & Willoughby store is one of Starbucks newest historic restorations of historic buildings, which include New Orleans Canal Street store and the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room.

“We have reinvigorated the corner of this community and its art deco past,” he said. “Now it’s electric.”

Orlando Dugi: Evening Wear Born in the Southwest


Photos by Mike Satterfield
Model: Bobbi Jeen Olson

Conceived in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2011, the brand DUGI is a fledgling special occasion and evening wear fashion house. It began in a small 150-square-foot in-home studio and in 2013 moved into a 650-square-foot design studio. DUGI first began with elaborately hand-beaded evening clutches and bags, then introduced a line of jewelry to the brand, and now includes evening gowns. The brand name “DUGI” pronounced Doo-guy, (daghááii in Navajo) means “mustache” in the Navajo American Indian language. The designers heritage.

The designer ensures the use of the highest quality fabrics, materials, and embellishments. Every piece is handmade and is one-of-a-kind sample size, until it is ordered in a specific size. Each hand-beaded clutch or handbag is expressly made by the owner and designer of the brand name DUGI. The garments are still made in-house but often with the help of two bead assistants and a seamstress. The DUGI brand personifies bold and adventurous yet elegant and scintillating women. The line is currently available online at www.OrlandoDugi.com and off the runway



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Mickey Gilley Receives High Honors with ACM Triple Crown Award




The legendary Mickey Gilley is celebrating a new milestone as the recipient of the 2015 ACM Triple Crown Award.  It’s the Academy’s recognition of artists who have previously won ACM Awards in all three of the following categories: New Artist (1974); Male/Female Vocalist and/or Vocal Duo/Vocal Group (1976); and Entertainer of the Year (1976).

The Triple Crown Award was presented to Gilley by multi-platinum singer Darius Rucker during ACM Presents: Superstar Duets which was taped for a two-hour television special at Globe Life Park on Friday, April 17 in Arlington, Texas. It was part of the 3-day 50th Academy of Country Music Awards® celebration and is set to air on Friday, May 15 on the CBS Television Network.

“Receiving the ACM Triple Crown Award is truly an honor of a lifetime. I’m thankful for the recognition and grateful to all those who helped me reach this incredible mark of achievement as I celebrate more than 50 years in the entertainment industry,” Gilley says.

In addition to being honored with the 2015 ACM Triple Crown Award, Mickey Gilley is marking the 35th anniversary of the Urban Cowboy movie and taking the spotlight across North America with this year’s concert tour.

For more information, visit: www.mickeygilley.com


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