“It was so emotional seeing that bike leave on the trailer. As they pulled away with it, I worried if I’d made the right decision,” he remarks.
Misgivings were to be expected, but when the pair were reunited, Mark’s anxieties quickly dissipated.
“Jake kick-started it, and I had to catch my breath. It had that real distinct tone and sound – the one I heard so often as a kid. I took it for a few laps around the parking lot. It evoked so many memories. It all came flooding back.”
The results proved overwhelming. Recreating the bike’s personalized essence was a challenging undertaking, but the team rallied together. In the end, Dreamboat was scrupulously revitalized – right down to the bona fide replication of the Native American figurehead.
More than mere object, Dreamboat had become a representative keepsake. It was the perfect testament to Tye’s extraordinary life, and a poignant way for Mark to honor a parent.
“They gave it a new lease of life. I was so thankful. It was one of the most emotional days I’ve ever had on this earth,” Mark ponders, tears welling.
In spite of the social forces at play, Tyree Smith fought fearlessly for the right to observe his passions. Motorcycling has no color, no creed – it’s rooted in the hearts of those bound by a shared love.
It’s hard to hold on to hate when you’re attached to a common enthusiasm. In these quiet reflections and mutual moments, people realize they aren’t that different after all.