“At one point I had more than 150 bikes in my collection…”
Lee Fabry was 12 years in 1965 old when he first threw a leg over a motorcycle and his relationship with vehicles of the two-wheel persuasion has never stopped.
At 15 he started racing dirt bikes and he stayed true to that genre. Motocross, desert, flat track and a little bit of Trials. In the mid-eighties Lee started collecting motorcycles from the seventies, mainly off-road, and the hobby turned into a business with the raising prices of those models.
“At one point I had more than 150 bikes in my collection. I also started buying and restoring factory bikes. Among others, I had several works Yamahas such as a OW40 1980 250, a 1972 YZ642 500 and a 1975 YZ 125 twin. This last one was an experimental bike designed by Yamaha’s long time racing manager Ed Escheidler that was tested but never raced”– Lee tells us- “I stopped racing in the mid-80s but continued competing in the vintage AHRMA events until about five years ago”.
And Lee has worked on a whole lot of Hodakas too: “My first bike was a Hodaka and you always favor the brand you started with”, he explained.
Along the way Fabry also got involved with drag racing, a form of racing he was always interested in, and some 10 years ago started restoring a famous vintage Funny Car, the 1973 NHRA Div. #1 AA/FC champion, “Utica Flash” Dodge Challenger driven by Tom Prock.
Now retired after managing a plumber’s supply store, Lee has not retired from his passion and keeps busy in his shop in Monrovia, California building, restoring, and showing his extensive collection.
JCCS and the Japanese Classic Motorcycle Group is proud to announce Mr. Lee Fabry
as our very special guest for the 2021 Collector’s Corner.
Please, stop by to welcome him. We’re sure Lee has many stories to share about the motorcycles that he’s bringing and his over 50 years in our sport.