Magic Jo got in touch to say: “Hey, was digging through my old skateboards and found a couple you guy might like – got a mint bilbo board which i think was the first ever skateboards made in europe with hobie wheels. And a slightly battered logan earth ski (think it was the first board
This video of UK Old School Skateboard, shared by r3d3 There’s some useful info in the comments… Tojan Records: 03:18 Gillingham skate park riding “The Snake”. Half pipe in the background, spent many many days there skating then BMX’ing early 80’s. 23skullhead: These clips are from all sorts of sources, a cutdown of sections compiled
Bristol Skateboard Centre was a magnet for West Country skateboarders in the late 1970s. They stocked a good range of brands like Bennett, Hobie and Alligator Wheels. Some of the boards on display in the photo of the shop look pretty long. Precursors to today’s longboards?
Who remembers Traxion vintage skateboard kit? Their wheels had a great name: Surface Suckers.
These Pacer packages offered either a solid wood Pacer deck, Pacer wheels and ACS trucks, or the Freestyle with a more flexible fibreglass Pacer deck, Pacer urethene wheels and ACS trucks,
If your funds were tight in the UK in 1977 and you wanted to join the skateboard craze on a shoestring, the Coyote was a real contender. This package consists of a two-foot popypropelene kicktailed deck available in a choice of four colours, a pair of GT trucks and clear 60x57mm urathene wheels. For a
ACS skateboard truck Model 430, general purpose for hot-dogging ACS Model 500, bestselling bowlriding and freestyling truck ACS Model 650 toughie for downhill racing, as used on Signal Hill ACS Model 651 ACS skateboard trucks, the ‘newest model’. Lightweight and wide for downhill racing. Not listed here is the 580.
This sub-£50 package consisted of the Logan Earth Ski classic oak deck, ACS651 trucks and red translucent Road Rider 4 wheels. A solid tough board.
Pro Am offered a range of skateboard decks in 1977. From a 24″ Silver Streak to the 28″ Big Daddy:
Coupled with Phoenixes and yellow YoYos, this is a skatepark bowlriding classic:
Fireball Hotwheels were available via their south-west London distributor Looner Land Skates in SW6. I love the warning next to the 95mm ones that they’re for downhill only with no cornering ability. £5 each without bearings or £6 with:
Endorsed by Stacey Peralta, this laminated kicktail deck was a bomb!
Recently I posted an ad for Pro-Am skateboard pads and helmets. Now here are their gold trucks ad wheels:
These Pro-Am skateboard pads and helmets ooze 70s skateboarding nostalgia:
The 650 downhiller? the 651 for slalom? or the 500 freestyler?
Here’s an ad from the early days of skateboarding for the Sims Taperkick. And it’s fitted with trucks and wheels to die for: Gullwing Phoenix and blue Kryptonics. It cost £73.80 back in the day…
Here’s a 1977 ad for Skateside Elite Range of protective gear:
Specialised sports footwear was limited to the traditional sports like tennis (Dunlop Stan Smiths), baseball (Converse All Star) and rock climbing (blue and white EBs bought from Ellis Brigham’s). When skateboarding first began in mid 1970s, shoe manufactures began catering for a new market. Here’s an ad for Marbot SpeedRites:
These Tiger Oak and Tiger Birch 27″ skateboard decks came out around 1977. The oak was advertised as being suitable for bowlriding and freestyle and cost £35 with ACS trucks and “The New Tunnel Holland Wheels”/ The Birch came with narrower ACS trucks and Grentec GT wheels, were about a fiver less.
Billed as ‘The Truckinest Trucks’, Wasp skateboard slalom trucks were manufactured in Surrey, using epoxy-coated alloy body with stainless steel bolt.