So today I'm bringing something special into your lives. A certain gentleman by the name of Tim Renshaw. Tim would be the guy that founded the Vintage Motorcycle Canyon Run in Lillooet a few years back.
* If you don't know what the Vintage Canyon Run is, you need to look into it, it's one of the coolest runs around and it's coming up fast. As in, Canada Day weekend, fast. Do you like old bikes, roast pig, beer and riding through some of the prettiest country in the world with awesome peeps? Then this is the event for you!
Now honestly? I'm not even sure how long I've known Tim. Been a while, but I'd be willing to hazard a guess as to how we met.
I'd bet I was working our booth at an event and this tall flannel-clad drink of water sidled up, gave me a shy little smile, asked a polite question or two, and then dropped some offhand remark. perhaps something about hanging out with Clyde from the old Clint Eastwood movies.
That would be the orangutan. The one drinking beer, flipping the bird and bitch-slapping the unwary. You know, the conversational equivalent of a fucking A-Bomb. Tim does that kind of shit on the regular and he'll do it so quietly you never even see it coming. Just randomly nuke any preconceptions you may have on a given day from orbit, like the rest of us would butter toast. Then he'll innocently wander off to explore some more, leaving you wondering if that conversation actually just fucking happened.
Over the years I've come to know that the events I go to where I don't see Tim at some point are the exception. Where there's old iron you've got a decent chance of spotting him, often with a kid or two in tow, just strolling around, stopping every so often to chat a bit and check out whatever treasure he sees at a given moment.
I love my visits with this man. Seriously, he's just one of those guys that's made it his path in life to go out and do the awesome shit. Consequently, he's got a deep reservoir of knowledge and stories about the sometimes questionable, but always entertaining, experiments that led to it. Today we're going to share a little of Tim's world with you, I hope you enjoy the ride.
(As always, just click on any of the pics to make 'em bigger!)
Who are you and where are you from?
Tim Renshaw, Vancouver BC, Originally 10th Ave.
What do you think you do?
Farm work and build rat rods and vintage Harleys.
What’s awesome about you and your life?
Founded the Vintage Canyon Run event as a grandpa and got my ‘46 Knuckle running!
Before that, I Founded War-Years Vintage M.C. Before that, I raced motocross, enduros and trials for the UBC Motorcycle Club out at Westwood.
Hey Tim, in addition to Manis, (Clyde's real name) for the Eastwood movies what are some of the other famous animals you've trained?
I worked with many movie animals. I was an assistant on over 50 different feature movies and commercials in the old days. I was even a motorcycle supplier and stuntman working with robbie knievel on one occasion. Supplied the dog blue for a commercial and worked with Don cherry too!
I Worked on the beachcombers, The littlest hobo and danger bay series, all canadian, which I'm very proud of. supplied and was canada's top wolf trainer/dog trainer in the 1980's. Also worked on cbc kids' shows with animals.
met michael landon, roy rogers, sonny and cher and worked as a child extra on some early american tv commercials.
but we'd better to keep to old bikes...
How did you wind up where you are?
Lost my glasses while riding a Hodaka super rat!
What was the last thing you did that made you swear later?
Forgot my gloves.
What was the best thing to happen to you due to poor life choices?
Had children and scrapped all my lawn mowers.
What was your favorite glory moment?
2nd gear wheelies on my FXR in front of a cop, Falkland Pub and Rodeo.
Anything hanging around in your shop or office that gives you joy to look at?
My pet goat Charlie.
What would be your superhero name?
Old Tall Fart!
Who do you want us to interview next and what do you want us to ask them?
Paul Brodie, ask him how to true a frame.
What would you like to see more of in the custom world?
More Killman Customs choppers!
*Editor's note: Don't think I don't see what you just did there, you smooth bastard. Okay, fine, my next project will be a chopper, happy now?
What was your most annoying fuck up or brain fart?
Over-tightened my generator strap and broke my engine case.
What’s in your shop right now that you’re thinking about?
Fixing the head gasket on the FXR, clutch slipping on the knucklehead, building the big flatty, start up the ‘31 chopped rat rod...
Favorite motorcycle-related story?
My old buddy rode a 500 single into a wild horse’s ass one night years ago, near Revelstoke, and lived!
Favorite non-motorcycle-related story?
Finding a 1923 Model T Chinese delivery truck in a garage on main street.
What would you do with one million dollars?
Buy a small town, build a hill climb and a dirt track.
*Editor's note: This I need to see. Somebody get this man a freakin' lottery ticket, stat!
What’s your next adventure?
Ride to Las Vegas!
Want to give some shout outs to other talented peeps, or anyone that helped along the way?
Big thanks to Vern the Gig Amor, Terry from Hi Honda, Bobby Mutch, Uncle Roy Lightbody, Varsity Cycle, Don Renshaw Sr., (who still rides at 92) Walt Healy, Fred Pazaski, Terry Rea, Don Doody, Ron Lacey, Gordo, Dou Blamey, Rob Backus, (first Indian rider that I ever met) long time friend Morley Brook, Giant Al Hooper and The Donut Diner on 10th AVE!
Tell us anything else you want us to share for you.
Go forward, do not look back.
Do not be afraid.
Don’t buy plastic.
Name all your children after a motorcycle or feral animal!
Words of wisdom from on high indeed, from our friendly neighbourhood bike nut.
Now unfortunately Tim lost his lovely wife Shelly Goodpipe a little while back, but the man's carried on gracefully raising his kids, (Lily, Arrow, Cheyanne, Bo, Erin and banchi) building bikes, hosting the Canyon Run, and sharing his own special brand of positivity everywhere he goes. He does it quietly and he does it with style.
Tim, it's been a pleasure and an honour knowing you over the years. Thank you for agreeing to share with us today and I'm sure I'll be seeing you around pretty damn soon. Probably the very next time I'm at an event if history is any judge!
* By the way, if you don't know who Clyde is, stop what you're doing right the hell now and watch the movies. That is simply an unacceptable void in your life that needs to be remedied immediately. Get drunk first. Maybe smoke all the grass you can lay your furry little monkey paws on too, you'll thank me.
don't miss the 4th annual canyon run, from cultus lake exit hwy 1 to lillooet, JUNE 30, 2018 !!!
Vintage Canyon Run website: www.canyonrun.ca/
Vintage Motorcycle Canyon Run On Facebook
Phone: 1 (778) 953-2077 (Tim)