- Dave Vanderspek


  Golden Gate Park
  Starting the Curb Dogs
  Getting Sponsored
  The First Pro BMX Half-Pipe Contests
  1984 Skyway European Tour
  New Tricks
  New Parts
  1984 Skyway European Tour Coverage
  Marketting the Curb Dogs
  GPV (Gravity Powered Vehicle)
  Changing Sponsors
  Vander R.I.P.
  Lew's Story
  Accomplishments / Contributions
  Site History

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When a film star, famous musician or artist dies the things he or she leaves behind take on a mystical aura of reverence. A scrap of paper with a song lyric on it or a car used in a scene become destined for a museum or collection. If there were a BMX museum I'm sure things that Vander left behind would be placed there.

Dave parents gave away all of his bikes and as I recall some of his photo albums were taken without their consent. I felt completely awkward about the whole thing and didn't seek out any mementos. I had photos and plenty of memories.

More than 10 years after Dave's death I found this tape in a box I had. What an eerie feeling. Seeing it opened a flood of memories and a montage of scenes. Picking songs for a show or a contest run, cueing your tape for your run and the start of the music over the PA system calling you out to another show and everything that went with it like the stares of crowd and wondering if you'd live up to their expectations, pull your tricks or just screw up. All the aprehension and excitement.

Even if it didn't say it on the cover, I knew it had to have The Romantics' "What I Like About You" since it was practically his theme song and was on all the show tapes we used. But I was curious to see what else was on the tape so I gave it a listen. This is what I found:

Show Tape

Side 1
1. Trippy intro..
2. The Romantics - What I Like About You
3. Devo - Whip It (live)
4. Berlin - Sex (I'm a...)
5. Jimi Hendrix - Johnny B. Goode
6. The Who - Who Are You
7. The Outlaws - Green Grass And High Tides Forever

Side 2
1. Heart - Little Queen
2. Heart - White Lightning & Wine (live)
3. Heart - Rock & Roll (live Led Zepellin cover)
4. Heart - Kick it out (live)
5. KSFX Recording
6. ???? - Aloha Oi (Dutch recording)
7. Dutch Music (Dave probably recorded over one of his parents tapes)
8. Donna Summer - Love Child (cut off)
9. Bill Withers - Lean On Me (cut off)
10. Elton John - Bennie And The Jets (Cut off)

Vander's First Curb Dogs Plate On Marc 13th, 2003 I was down in the garage screwing around with some project or another when housemate and Curb Dog Marc Babus walks in with a plate in his hand. As soon as I see it I know what it is - Vander's first Curb Dogs plate. Turns out Dave gave it to Marc when he didn't have a plate for his bike. This is the same plate that Vander had in his portfolio shots and the bomb drop in the combi pool with the S.L. (San Leandro) changed to an S.F. (San Francisco) since Vander was from SL and Marc from SF.

The last bike that Dave rode - a Boss Freestyler - turned up at a flea market about 10 years after his death. Darren Chan found the frame in a pile of others and immediately knew what he was looking at by the stickers.

Boss Freestyler

Signed Car in Germany - 1984 I'm sure there are jerseys out there with Vander's name on them. Hugo Gonzalez has a signed cover of Vander's BMXA cover shot. Several banners were signed in 1984 as was this truck. I wonder if it's been painted over... Signed Banner in Denmark - 1984

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