Don Currie had a problem with hoarding.
The longtime Fort Worth auto parts dealer first took a fancy to Model A Fords and started collecting them. Then he took a shine to bicycles. So he started a collection of classic examplars of two-wheeled transport — thousands of them.
Mr. Currie died earlier this year. His collection lay gathering rust and dust in a storage facility on Fort Worth’s soutwest side. Until today.
Don Currie’s son, Jim, who says he didn’t inherit the collecting gene, staged a sale of the bicycles and automotive memorabilia. It drew bicycle aficianados and collectors from far and wide, including some of my biking friends, who picked up treasures for just a few bucks.
I expect to see some of those bikes restored and back on the road before too long.
Born in Jackson, Miss., in 1943, Don Currie moved to Fort Worth in the early 1950s. He was a 1961 graduate of Polytechnic High School. Jim Currie said his dad owned and operated Woodway Auto Supply in Fort Worth’s Wedgwood area and was a neighborhood fixture for more than 30 years.
“He loved flea markets. He loved garage sales. He loved collecting cars and bikes,” a flyer for the sale said of Don Currie. “You are experiencing the fruit of his work today. Please enjoy your treasure hunt. This is the type of event he would love.”
I’m not very adept at restoring old bikes, so I didn’t buy any. But I took a few pictures. Here are some of them, set up as a slideshow.