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It's a Cushman kind of week

Rod and Steve Vagel are typical brothers, and they do typical brother things - eat, talk and work on their Cushman scooters together. At their first Southeastern Cushman Meet in Cochran, the Vagels talked about their first Cushman scooter they ever had.

Rod, from Knoxville, said, "it was in 1958, and our daddy got it for us, for recreation."

He added, "Then, about three years ago, Steve was on me about getting one and to go riding."

The younger brother, Steve, 62, laughed, "I brought my big brother with me so he could beat people up."

The two laughed and shared about their Cushman scooters. Steve said, "This is a 1963, a 1960 and that one is a 1950 ... mine is like the Buick."

When asked what their wives thought about their Cushmans, Rod laughed, and Steve said, "It's boys' week."

Jerry Moye of Leesburg has been coming to the meet for more than ten years. "I enjoy the people ... you won't anyone better." Looking at his scooters that were sitting to his right, he added, "And then of course, you know the old saying about men and their toys."

Velon Gray, president of the SEC, said the meet had gone quite well, even though they had to cancel three rides due to the weather. "We were a little off this year with attendance, but it has been a good week so far." Gray was on his 1959 Cushman Eagle.

Gary Smith, at age 79, was one of the oldest Cushman at the event. From North Carolina, Smith had been restoring and buying Cushman for the last 12 years, and attending the event for 10 years. His first one that he remembers having was right after WW II, and he said, "There was no front fender ... there was a shortage of the metal."

Looking at the people around, Smith said, "I really like the social side of this ... these are good people, and you won't finding any better people."

Gazing at the Cushman scooters to his left, "Scooters are special ... Each scooter is individualized to the rider ... That is what makes them special."

Just like the SEC Meet at the Cochran-Bleckley County Recreation Department - special.

Earl Bowman, and his wife, Sue, natives of Dodge County, and residents of Bleckley County, are the reasons that the SEC Meet has been in Cochran for more than 15 years.

The meet will end on Friday. Community members are invited to visit the meet site and look around at the scooters and displays.

Story by Becky Holland, Editor  www.tricountymonitor.com
Photos and Video by Jimmy Joines, www.joines1.wordpress.com




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