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Famous Wheelie-ing Elvi
This is OUR Story......
The World Famous Wheelie-ing Elvi! (OUR STORY)
perchance to dream
If you are looking for some sort of "Experiment Gone Wrong,
Rip-roaring yarn", to tell you about the group in question, or
how we met due to some sort of "Cosmic Destiny" thing, or how we
were "Selected as Babies" and relentlessly trained until just a
select few remained, forget it! Unless the surprise arrival of
a shiny new 1968 Honda Z50 Mini trail, sitting in the carport,
instead of a promised White Eskimo Puppy, or a 1969 Honda Mini
trail, in lieu of a Summer trip to Spain, or a 1970 Honda,
traded for a set of tonsils outright, can configure the kind of
person that will become a "Wheelie-ing Elvi", then you won't
find your answers here!
As to how the group became "The Wheelie-ing Elvi", it was
started in 1995 by founding members Chris Watson and Craig
Knight. That first year had the guys riding through their Fort
Worth neighborhood in a "Marilyn Monroe" wig and a Mexican
sombrero. The "Elvi," idea was still, just a distant thought.
The next year, 1996, would be the beginning for "The Wheelie-ing
Elvi". Take a few vintage Honda Mini trails, white
rented "Rock-Star," styled-jumpsuits, huge pompadour wigs, throw
in flashy gold sunglasses, put them all together, and you have
the makings for something very silly....and very unique! The
rest is history.
As the 1990's rolled on, the numbers continued to grow. Close
to twenty riders, at one point. The classic white jumpsuit, the
wig, glasses and an endearing loyalty for the vintage Z50 Honda
Mini trail hardtail. Throw it all together, and find a
parade...that's the stuff of legends. Really, what's not to
love...Elvi on a Z50, please!
It started with The Ft. Worth Parade of Lights. Ft. Worth
opened her heart to "The Wheelie-ing Elvi", with a reception the
likes of which, has never been heard before. Make that initial
turn onto Commerce Street and the screaming drowns out
everything else. "Do a wheelie!" go the screams, from the
masses of parade goers, and they never stop. "Ft. Worth...you
own our hearts."
Other parades, other events quickly followed. The Arlington 4th
of July Parade (largest parade in the SW United States), The
Cotton Bowl Parade in Dallas, The Mardi Gras Parade in Austin,
The Fort Worth Symphony Concerts in the Garden, TCU's Frog
Alley, Fort Worth's Retrofest, Alcon Lab's Light Up The Night,
The Dallas Ad Club, and the Texas Motor Speedway IRL Race Day
Opening Ceremony Lap.
All good things... With the dawn of a new decade, demand for
"The Wheelie-ing Elvi", continued to grow. Too many events, too
little time, a close call or a complete wipeout, as well as a
change in priorities, or maybe the fun factor was wearing a bit
thin. All of these things, and then some other things, may have
contributed to "hanging up the wig" by almost all of the
original "Wheelie-ing Elvi". They would all be missed!
Early in 2003, it was apparent that our numbers had drastically
dropped and our ability to participate in more time-consuming
events was now on hold. Steve Utter, the last original, and I,
started to look a little farther down the garden path, so to
speak. What we discovered was quite revealing and more than
just a little refreshing.
The Honda Mini trail z50 "hardtail" is a wonderful machine.
Almost indestructible, and yet mechanically simple in comparison
to larger motorcycles. In the hands of an experienced
motorcycle mechanic, a 50cc Honda could be made to last
forever. If the rider follows a few basic maintenance
procedures. It's major drawback is that it was never designed
for daredevil stunts, including the basic wheelie. The
hardtail's rigid-designed-frame tends to crack under the force
of traumatic encounters with concrete pavement. I believe this
is the major reason Honda stopped hardtail production in the U.
S., after only three production years (1968, 69, 70/71). If you
are counting, that makes some of our bikes more than 40 years
What we discovered was that almost every person out there
watching "TWF...Wheelie-ing Elvi" wanted to see Elvis wannabees,
on little mini-trails, riding wheelies, while gyrating, or
riding backwards, or speeding to a screeching stop in an effort
to shake the hand of a fan. The crowds just wanted the Elvi....the
sillier, the better.
Well, we found them, and they found us, and our numbers began to
grow, and can these guys ride! Now the bikes are designed for
the individual riders, and what they each, bring to the group.
As for how "The World Famous Wheelie-ing Elvi!" came together,
all I can say is; "I asked Greg, and Jimmy called me, and James
knew Philip, and Greg knew James. Cameron was Jimmy's nephew,
and I met James at a garage sale, but Greg didn't know I knew
James, and Philip worked with Rich, and Steve was an original
member. Doug was in high school with my sister, and Barry knew
Darrell, and Ovi had a son in the same grade as Greg's son, and
Clint had fixed Jimmy's bike. Scott, liked dressing up in white
jumpsuits...just for fun, and Ron, bought a bike that he later
discovered had been stolen from Jimmy's home. Todd, knew Doug,
and Doug knew Damian, and Damian; who guessed it, knew Todd.
Brian found Philip on Facebook and Danny rebuilt a bike, then
asked Scott, to ask Ron, to ask me, if he could join up. David,
we discovered at a vintage minitrail meet, and Roy, was a parade
escort that we recruited, by the parades' conclusion. Eric "the
photographer," we found, after nearly hitting him during a
parade in Waxahachie. Jay, took a good while to get up the
nerve to contact us, almost a
year later! Sam was
BFFwith Clint, and Chris had
previously trained Brian H...in exactly what, I don't know. Bill
needed a hobby besides collecting GI Joes, and then there's Joe.
Joe really loves tiny little mini-bikes and dressing up. Brian
2.0, is the second guy in our group named Brian...so he goes by
2.0. Not to be outdone, Greg Walsh (2.0), did the same thing.
Copycat! Oh yes, I mustn't forget the "infamous" phone call.
Andrew's wife called and asked if Andrew could come play with
us. I should've said NO, but I'm just too damn nice. Can't
forget Greg M. (G3), like we don't have enough Gregs!
Whew! Sorry, had to catch my breath. So, then we picked us up
a JB. Every group has to have a JB. As if I don't have enough
problems, we found us another Steve. I just call him Watts.
Before I knew what hit me, Fate had delivered up a brand new
Kevin. But since he came baring doughnuts, we welcomed the
doughnuts into the group. Then theres'Drew. Drew's the one with
Peacock feathers on his suit." It all, makes my head spin.
So what happened was... We did "Elvis Night" at The Ballpark in
Arlington, The Fort Worth Cats La Grave Field, The River Oaks
Christmas Parade of Lights, The Arlington Parade of Lights, The
Mystiqal Mardi Gras Parade of Dallas, Arlington 4th of July
Parade, The State Fair of Texas Opening Day Parade, Crowley 4th
of July Independence Day Parade, The Mansfield Christmas Parade,
The Annual Fort Worth Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights, "Elvis
Night," at Texas Motor Speedway, The 2010 Drag and Brag at Texas
Motor Speedway, The 25th Annual Big Texas Toy Run, The Mansfield
July 4th RockFest, The Waxahachie Crape Myrtle Parade, The
Springtown'Wild West Parade and Festival, The Bob Phillips Texas
Country Reporter Festival and Parade, The 2012 Oak Cliff Mardi
Gras Parade, The 2012 Best Maid
St. Paddy's Pickle Parade, The University of Texas at Arlington
Homecoming Parade, The Fairmount Parade of Fort Worth, Earth Day
2013, Make A Wish, for a special 3-year-old friend, TCU
The Ennis Polka Fest, and The Children's Medical Center
Parade of Dallas 2013. "
The future looks bright, we better wear shades! We are always
in search of new members, guys with positive attitudes. The
type, that plays well with others, and can ride a motorcycle
safely in extreme situations, and adverse conditions. The kind
of rider that never takes a chance at the cost of others, or at
the cost of the spectators fun. A rider who understands that
parade horses and their "droppings," never mix well with
So, ...if you have a Honda 50, and you can ride, and you are not
wanted by the police, then we send out a call
for you to join our ranks. It will be the time of your
"The World Famous...Wheelie-ing Elvi" exist solely for the
purpose of entertaining parade goers and fans alike. We would
like to thank you all, for the cheers and support over the years
and we hope to be around, for many years to come.