We just realized that we opened our doors 19 years ago today. That first year, we crawled all over each other in a 1000sf space that had machines, builders, desks, phones and computers packed into it tighter than a Russian nesting doll. Then we moved into our current space, much larger. We had a party (and an indoor race) before we hauled all the lathes and mills in. Here is a snap from those heady times. We were young and (almost) carefree, at least when racing around the shop floor wearing a chimp mask and a Santa hat.
Ah, 2001 Boston Cross. Our own Skip Brown, sockless for some reason, over the barriers. He raced against a few fast guys that day, a young Tim Johnson (who won), Todd Wells, Adam Myerson, Mark McCormack, and Mike Broderick. Skip finished 18th.
For our tenth anniversary, we built some commemorative bikes. They had special paint schemes, special seat tube collars and special, laser cut headbadges, like the one above, which we found this week under one of the desks in the office, like a doubloon from a Spanish galleon washing up on a Florida beach.
Again, our own Skip Brown, circa 1991, racing for Merlin Metal Works at Temple Mountain in New Hampshire. The photographer is Jim Paiva, a local BMX legend turned newspaper photographer. We love the look on Skip’s face, the sleeveless “jersey,” and the quads of steel. We can’t be sure, but we think Skip won this race.
Max, Kirk, Mike, Stef and Tim circa 2001, a welding dream team. Today we are grateful for all the Seveneers, past and present, who made us what we are. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.