On June 11, The TTAB issued the following statement:
“On April 26, 2021, the Board issued an order to show cause based on the Opposer’s apparent loss of interest in this proceeding. 10 TTABVUE.
Inasmuch as no response to the Board’s order has been filed, judgement is hereby entered against Opposer. The opposition is accordingly dismissed with prejudice.”
Cook Bros. Racing launched a website (www.cookbrosracing.com) June 17 where a variety of CBR products are for sale and presale. The first CBR branded components arrived in ABC’s Anaheim warehouse last Friday. Among the products currently available are headsets, headset top caps and chainring bolts. Many more products are being made or are in development.
“ABC has a deep respect for the people who made the parts and created the BMX brands of the past, including Cook Bros. Racing. We have reached out to the surviving members of the Cook Family and have their support and blessings,” said Michael Gamstetter, Race Inc.’s brand manager.
“ABC is made up of a small team of people, most of whom possess a lifelong love of cycling, a passion for the sport and a keen interest in making great bicycles and parts. We are a collection of engineers, product designers, industry veterans, amateur cycling historians, vintage bike collectors, former bike racers and creatives who will respectfully pay homage to all the brands we own,” he added.
Cote planned to open a Southern California office and warehouse for ABC in mid-2020, but the global COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on indefinite hold. For the time being, and because there is a close working relationship between the two companies, ABC will use Box as a 3PL (Third Party Logistics) partner, leasing warehouse space from Box.
Cook Bros. Racing, founded by brothers Gary and Craig in 1972, was an early player in BMX racing, making chromoly frames and forks and a range of components. Craig sold his share of the company to Gary in the early-1980s. Gary, in turn, sold Cook Bros. Racing in 1984 to Jack Witmer. Under Witmer, Cook Bros. Racing continued to produce a range of products into the 1990s.
Shortly after selling the brand and following an alleged disagreement with Witmer, Gary and his son Robert began making a range of bike products under the name Cook Quality Products, later changed to C.Q.P. They discontinued that business in1989. Gary died in March 2013. Robert died last year.
Craig Cook started his own mountain bike component company called C.D. Products in 1987. Not long after, he turned his attention to golf and a new business, Golf Instruments. Craig remains a co-owner of Golf Instruments and Performance CNC, but is semi-retired. He spends his days building an experimental airplane, a project he has been working on for more than two decades, and riding his bike.