Name: Luke Haralambous Hometown: Birmingham, UK Started riding BMX in: Around '81 Number of bikes in the collection: 9 left (8 VDC, 1 GJS)
Do you remember the moment that you decided to start collecting BMX memorabilia? Luke Haralambous: Late '90s, it felt like I was the only one into old school BMX back then. Many friends questioned why I had BMX.
Is the focus on VDC, Vincent Frames and Vector Bikes for you mainly? Luke Haralambous: Now it's just VDC freestylers I own, I have stopped buying BMX, don't get me wrong if I was offered another MK1/2 , VDC freestyler, it would be hard to turn down... I've collected Vector, Hutch, TRM and Vincent over the years
Where does the love for these brands come from? Luke Haralambous: Good question, because the brands I have collected I had never heard of as a kid! Think it comes down to my love of quirkiness. The wackier the better. Rarity is also a big draw.
The Limited Edition Vans X The Birth of the BMX Freestyle Movement Package launches the Global Edition of the book. With almost 200 pages of new and updated content, we journey through the history of the UK Freestyle scene in a dedicated chapter that features input from British riders and industry figureheads. We also get into the van with the Factory Tour teams in a chapter that pulls the curtain back on the mid-80s summer tours titled “East of the 5” with insights from the teams, the announcers, and the brand owners who handed over the company credit cards and AAA maps before sending their crews into the depths of every town USA and beyond for the summer months.
To send this last edition up, the good folks at Vans allowed me to design some of their new dedicated Wafflecup BMX Shoes. Bob Haro and Bob Morales feature through archival images shot on the 1982 Haro Freestyle Tour by Dean Bradley.
In addition to the new edition of the book and the shoes, the package includes a dedicated 120-page brand history book titled “The Business End” with brand chapters dedicated to the industry that underpinned Freestyle through the 1098s.
The Full Package…
1 X copy of The Birth of the BMX Freestyle Movement Global Edition. 1 X copy of The Business End Brand / Industry History Book. 1 X custom “43” BMX T-shirt.