Rolling Thunder Newsletter No1

Rolling Thunder was located in Brentford, London and was one of my all time favorite Skateparks. It took awhile to 'offically' open - I must have joined before the official opening - hence the newsletter.

Rolling Thunder Newsletter No2

Skateboard! No16 (December 1978) had a Skatepark Supertest on Rolling Thunder

      My Rolling Thunder membership card.


As part of their European tour the Hobie team - Skitch Hitchcock, Mike Weed, Bob Skoldberg - visited the UK. They did a series of demos at the London Motorfair. My Dad's an actor and he was quiet well known on the TV in those days - I think he had been invited along to open some stand. Upshot of it all was I got to meet the Hobie boys, and very nice they were too - even got to skate around on one of their boards. Seemed a big deal to me at the time - I must have been all of eleven! I had completely forgotten I had this till it turned up in an old scrap album.

Yeah, well - me back then - on a ramp I built in my garden. I think I'm on a Shogo Kubo Airbeam so probably around 1979/80.

Skateboarders Against Racism

This is from the magazine section of one of the Sunday papers - not sure which one or exactly when - 1978? I had put it in a scrap book - hence sellotape marks all over the edges. Anyway, glad to see the Brighton boys were doing their bit.

Lui 1977 - Lui, le magazine de l'homme moderne.

Cover of the French adult entertainment magazine.                                   
  Lui 1978

Road Rash Comic Vol1 No1 May 1988 - SC8Comix - From Santa Cruz

See the new Skateboard Comics section on the site.

Event South West (UK)  November 1987
Local listings magazine - Skateboarding starts to hit the public consciousness again.

Lost and Found

Being somewhat obsessive about all things Skateboarding I hoarded my collection of Skateboard magazines back in the 70's.

I even made it to America in the late 70's and paid up my subscription to Skateboarder - so even in the dark days of the early 80's my copy hit my doormat in the UK. Then in some moment of madness called growing up, bar a few copies, I threw the whole lot away!

When I started skating again in the mid 80's, I also started collecting again, and years later with the rise of ebay I was able to re-build my collection.

Here we have two examples of my 'lost and found' - things lurking in books and magazines purchased on ebay and through collectors.  I could do a whole page on this. On the left a clipping of Skitch Hitchcock from a magazine, found in a book. On the right the actual receipt for a copy of Wild World of Skateboarding from 13 Jan 1978.

More to come.

Marina Del Rey Skatepark

My Membership card to Marina Del Rey Skatepark - I can't believe I ever looked that young!

  World Of Leisure Skateboarding Jig-Saw Puzzle

700 piece Jig-Saw puzzle. Complete with Dickie Davis on the cover.

Observer Magazine - Christmas 1977

One page article from the Observer Magazine. Features Lorraine Rossdale, Max Kirsten, Otto Willkinson and Alicia Bernard.

  Skateboard Soap 1979


Daily Mail November 4th 1977

Article about Ian Tebb who along with Glen Powell and Charles Nissen set up Skate City London's first skatepark.