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The Ended Summer (2017)

Run Time: 9:46
Producer: Paul d’Orléans / The Vintagent
Director: David Martinez
Editor:  David Martinez
Cast: Richard Vincent

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David Martinez is a professional photographer and filmmaker, splitting his time between the San Francisco Bay area and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.

SUMMARY

Richard Vincent raced motorcycles, surfed, sailed, karted, flew planes, and hotrodded around Santa Barbara from the late 1950s through 1967.   He did everything we love to do now, but 50 years ago, in the simple days of the ‘Endless Summer’ generation. Richard was also a photographer, using professional equipment to document his world.  He was also great friends with surf/film pioneer George Greenough, who shot 16mm films of Richard racing motorcycles, while Richard filmed George surfing, and both documented the scene around Santa Barbara in the 1960s. Richard was tall, athletic, handsome, and started winning races by 1965 on a very special Velocette racer he developed with Lou Branch.   But Richard was drafted in 1967, trained as an officer, and sent to the front lines in Vietnam, where he was badly wounded by an enemy rocket. After a year in hospital, his injuries meant he’d never race competitively again, and he moved to the remote Oregon coast, with his bikes, boards, and gear stored in a barn for 50 years.  Richard emerged, phoenix-like, in 2017, to show his photography and gear at the Wheels&Waves festival.

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Richard Vincent racing his 1963 Velocette Scrambler in Santa Barbara, 1964
Richard Vincent atop the Armored Personnel Carrier he commanded in Vietnam in September 1968