October 2014 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Bob Nichols and his 1937 Indian Big Base Scout

Make: Indian
Model: Big Base Scout
Year: 1937
Country of Origin: USA
Engine: 750cc Twin
Transmission: 3 speed
Owner: Bob Nichols
City: Newport Beach

Bike of the Month

Bike of the Month
1937 Indian Big Base Scout

Congratulations to Bob Nichols of Newport Beach for winning Bike of the Month with his 1937 Indian Big Base Scout.

I first met Bob in August 2008 when he came to our meet. At that time he gave me a posters of his yellow and red bikes. Over the years I've gotten to know Bob fairly well and I've spent many Saturday evenings at Costa Mesa Speedway with Bob and Smokey.

Bob was a Speedway Racer in the 1940's and has owned this bike since 1940. At 94 years of age, he still owns and operates Bob Nichols Racing creating high performance motorcycle parts. Visit his site for a great story of his early years.

There were only 51 Big Base engines built. Of those 51 only twelve are known to be in existance. Bob owns two of those twelve. He's owned this bike since 1940 and paid $135.00 for it. Five years ago, this bike beat the Harley factory bikes at Oglethorpe Georgia. It hasn't been running in several years due to a hole in the case. For the past 6 weeks Ken "Smokey" Elford of Long Beach has been working on it and getting it running.

Thanks Bob for bringing such a great part of history to our meet. See all the photos in our October Gallery.

Starting the Indian today at the meet.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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1937 Indian Big Base Scout
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1964 Twin Engine Triumph
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1954 Jawa 500 OHC
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1963 Yamaha YG1
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1952 BMW R67/2
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1938 BMW R12
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