Are you reliving your early years of BMX by collecting these bikes?
Brett Jackson: It certainly started out as me reliving my early years of BMX. I desperately wanted a 1984 GT Pro Performer at the age of 12. I could not afford it then. It was one of the earlier bikes I found and collected. It morphed into loving the history and collecting era correct builds.
Do you have a favourite BMX brand?
Brett Jackson: I don’t have a “favorite”, but respect the hell out of Profile. Their quality was always top notch. Torker has a place in my heart too. Their crossover from race to freestyle is something I really love.
What parts do you have in your collection that made a freestyle bike out of a BMX Race bike in the early years?
Brett Jackson: I feel like we all made our race bikes into freestyle bikes. I had an '82 GT Pro that I rode quarter pipes with. As far as something in my collection it would have to be my DK stem freestyle platform on my '83 Quad.
Do you have a favourite BMX/Freestyle rider from the early '80-s?
Brett Jackson: My favorite rider was Eddie Fiola.
At this moment, do you wish you had started collecting earlier?
Brett Jackson: I absolutely, one hundred percent wish I started earlier. I wish I held onto my bike from the '80-s as well.
Do you feel there is a need for BMX products to survive for history's sake?
Brett Jackson: Yes. I think there is so much history to be told through the products we used and loved. Like I stated before, I try to build only era correct. I think if we are trying to preserve these to pass along, they should be as correct as possible.
When you started riding, what bike was the dream bike for you?
Brett Jackson: My dream bike was the '84 GT Pro Performer
Name three BMX collectors that you respect?
Brett Jackson: Only three I respect?? Wow. That’s a tough one.
1) Donnie Platt. The guy has a respectable level of knowledge.
2) Jeff Haney. Do I need to explain why? The guy was so ahead of his time.
3) Grant Wood. Crazy amount of gear. So much NOS. Have to have respect for that.
Do you have decent mechanical skills?
Brett Jackson: I grew up on a farm. We fixed everything we owned. So yes, I have decent mechanical skills. I do not ever want for help. If I do not know how to fix it, I might ask for a pointer, but I always want to figure it out. This is one of the things I love about collecting. Finding that original owner bike, getting it home, breaking it down, shining it up, new grease. It is my happy time. Takes me away.
What products are a great help when you find an old rusty historical piece of shit bike that needs to shine again?
Brett Jackson: That Rust-Oleum rust remover spray/gel. Stuff works crazy good. Then a nice chrome polish.
How often do you look on eBay/Craigslist/BMX Museum to shop for old BMX stuff?
Brett Jackson: I used to look on each and everyone every single day. I would take an hour to comb through stuff. I have curbed that back. I only check every so often. I miss out on a lot of deals. More will pop up.
What's the most ridiculous amount you have paid for a bike part that you needed to own?
Brett Jackson: Wait, will my wife see this? I don’t go crazy on parts. I’ve stayed under $500. I bought a complete for $5,000. That was the most I spent.
Do you have a man-cave where your bikes are displayed?
Brett Jackson: I do not have a man cave. I have the unfinished basement section of my house. It’s all mine and I love it. It’s dirty and greasy. I have a nice display area where I keep my built bikes.
Do you always have room for "one more bike"?
Brett Jackson: I will always have space for one more. There is never enough and I learn something new every day.
Where can people reach you when they have that part available?
Brett Jackson: Reach me on my cell (text) for those Profile products. 508-259-6520.
Thanks to: My thanks(?) those go to Grant Wood, Keith Husted, Vin Bianco, Gus Poulos, Lionel Lopez, and others. For the most part, the BMX community is an awesome bunch of guys. You get treated how you treat people.
Previous Episodes on FATBMX:
Episode 1: Christophe Detandt (BEL)
Episode 2: James White (GBR)
Episode 3: JT Freestyle (USA)
Episode 4: Ben Murphy (IRL)
Episode 5: Rainer Schadowski (GER)
Episode 6: GAry Sansom (USA)
Episode 7: Michael Gamstetter (USA)
Episode 8: Grant Stone (GBR)
Episode 9: Steve Blackey (USA)
Episode 10: Shannon Gillette (USA)
Episode 11: Woody Itson (USA)
Episode 12: Oliver Kienzle (GER)
Episode 13: Kelly Swanson (USA)
Episode 14: Pat A Lar (GBR)
Episode 15: Billy Mills (GBR)
Episode 16: Steve Brothers (USA)
Episode 17: Aykut Hilmi (GBR)
Episode 18: Alex Leech (GBR)
Episode 19: Mike Janssen (NED)
Episode 20: Brian Gutierrez (USA)
Episode 21: Chad Powers (USA)
Episode 22: Alessandro Barbero (ITA)
Episode 23: Chris Daly (GBR)
Episode 24: Ian MacArthur (GBR)
Episode 25: Steve Strong (GBR)
Episode 26: Stephen Joseph (GBR)
Episode 27: Paul de Jong (NED)
Episode 28: Jon Western (GBR)
Episode 29: William "LaRock" LaRoque (USA)
Episode 30: Johan Janssens (BEL)
Episode 31: Darren Chan (USA)
Episode 32: Frank Lukas (GER)
Episode 33: Jason Teraoka (USA)
Episode 34: Shad Johnson (USA)
Episode 35: PJ McKenna (USA)
Episode 36: Henry Sarria (USA)
Episode 37: Jonathan Sherwood (SAF)
Episode 38: Trevor Henry (GBR)
Episode 39: Daniel Purcell (GBR)
Episode 40: Mark McCorkle (USA)
Episode 41: Tom Sustarich (USA)
Episode 42: Adam Cox (USA)
Episode 43: Perry Wills (USA)
Episode 44: John Buultjens (SCO)
Episode 45: Jay Eley (GBR)
Episode 46: Alvin Mullins (USA)
Episode 47: Scott Barrette (USA)
Episode 48: Ashley Little (GBR)
Episode 49: Bill Batchelor (USA)
Episode 50: Steve Firestein (USA)
Episode 51: Jon Hoffman (USA)
Episode 52: Peter Ashby (AUS)
Episode 53: Patrick Freitas (USA)
Episode 54: Mel Stoutsenberger (USA)
Episode 55: Martin Primentel (AUS)
Episode 56: Chino (USA)
Episode 57: Ely D. Thomas (USA)
Episode 58: Mickael Clerté (FRA)
Episode 59: Toby Henderson (USA)
Episode 60: Eddy King (USA)
Episode 61: Byron Friday (USA)
Episode 62: Lionel Eden (USA)
Episode 63: Donnie Platt (USA)
Episode 64: Brad Nash (USA)
Episode 65: Mohamad Al Amin (MAL)
Episode 66: Christopher Wesley (USA)
Episode 67: Sean Stiddard (GBR)
Episode 68: Tyler Collins (USA)
Episode 69: Rod Miles (USA)
Episode 70: Brian Britt (USA)
Episode 71: Sean Ewing (USA)
Episode 72: Jim Fisher (USA)
Episode 73: Òscar Pallarès (ESP)
Episode 74: Jeff Utterback (USA)
Episode 75: Timmy Williams (USA)
Episode 76: Tommy Yaley (USA)
Episode 77: Jason van Buskirk (USA)
Episode 78: Stu Thomsen (USA)
Episode 79: Scott Towne (USA)
Episode 80: Raphael Lawson (AUS)
Episode 81: Cash Matthews (USA)
Episode 82: Arthur Kourtis (AUS)
Episode 83: Maurice Meyer (USA)
Episode 84: Jeremiah Grimes (USA)
Episode 85: Karl Chalk (GBR)
Episode 86: Bill Ryan (USA)
Episode 87: Luke Haralambous (GBR)
Episode 88: FJ Weeks (USA)
Episode 89: Bob Lipsett Jr. (USA)
Episode 90: Brett Jackson (USA)