The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Headlines

September 7, 2013

1962 Matchless Pathfinder a fine first ride for resident

NORMAN — Johnie Wimer’s nickname is “Iron Butt.” The retired restaurant manager and current president of Norman’s Rock Creek Polo Club III homeowner’s association earned it from being able to ride motorcycles long distances.

He has a huge Honda VTX 1800 in the garage. In the past, he’s owned a 1957 Harley Davidson Sportster, 1972 Electraglide, 1948 Indian Chief and even a tiny 1959 Sears Allstate Highlander scooter.

What’s particularly remarkable about Wimer’s motorcycle history is that he still owns his first big wheel bike, a 1962 Matchless Pathfinder, that his folks bought him new at 16 for the then astronomic price of $600.

“We lived in Carlsbad, N.M., and I used to walk to Alta Vista Junior High School,” Wimer said. “On the way there was a little motorcycle shop that I went past every day.”

In that showroom the lad spied the red and white London, England-produced Matchless that captured his heart. It was the only new bike in the shop. Wimer told his folks about the bike. He actually had dreams about the Matchless. His folks were amused by the mechanical infatuation and gently teased him about it.

“One day, around three months later, my mom asked if I still wanted that motorcycle and I told her, ‘Of course,” he said. “She told me we should just go down and buy it.”

Wimer thought her teasing had reached the level of cruelty, but the family went to the shop and purchased it. The teenager knew how to operate the clutch from three or four spins on a friend’s bike and rode his new Pathfinder home.

“We didn’t have a garage and the first night I parked it in the front yard and slept next to it in my sleeping bag,” Wimer said. “I didn’t want to be away from my new motorcycle.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • movieposter Movie about Moore tornado survivors premieres May 16

    MOORE — Exploring ideas of faith and hope, an Oklahoma faith-based documentary on the May 20, 2013, EF-5 Moore tornado is scheduled to premiere at the Moore Warren Theatre May 16....

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Survivors observe 19th anniversary

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Survivors, rescue workers and the family members of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing have observed the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attack....

    April 20, 2014

  • Police arrest man connected to homicide

    Norman Police have arrested Abid Sandhu, 37 years old, of Norman, on a complaint of Murder in the First Degree. Formal charges have yet to be filed. At approximately 3:35 a.m. Saturday, the Norman Police Communications Center received a ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Cody’s Run raises $14,000

    Cody Ponder’s positive attitude was infectious even while he struggled with esophageal cancer. He always worked to help others and his giving spirit inspired a 5k race to benefit struggling patients. Last year Cody’s family organized a run ...

    April 20, 2014

  • State budget talks center on cuts

    OKLAHOMA CITY — With six weeks left in the 2014 session, behind-the-scenes negotiations among the House, Senate and governor’s office are ramping up on how to plug a $188 million hole in the budget and fund programs for education, public ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Dental groups oppose measure

    TULSA — Some Oklahoma dental groups are opposing a bill in the state Legislature, proposed as a reaction to the case of an oral surgeon accused of maintaining filthy office conditions, that deals with training requirements for oral surgery ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Former mayor files for county office

    Local physician and former Norman Mayor Harold Haralson recently filed his candidacy for the Cleveland County Commission District 3 seat....

    April 20, 2014

  • Selling Norman is love at first sight

    Meeting planners who make a site visit to Norman tend to fall in love, convention and hospitality experts said this week. The staff of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau are commissioned with the job of promoting tourism and selling ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Green House is a homegrown business

    Nancy Muenzler was a banker in her previous life. That was before the Green House, 1708 SW 24th Street, became her passion....

    April 20, 2014

  • Conan’s martial arts moves downtown

    Conan’s Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing, Jujitsu, MMA Academy is celebrating the grand opening of a new facility right in the heart of downtown Norman at 310 E. Main St. Founded in 1996 by four-time World Kickboxing Champion Scott “Conan” ...

    April 20, 2014