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Before They Were Villagers
GAIL HAMILTON MAYBECK
STORY BY RICA KEENUM | PHOTOS BY BRANDON ATWELL
On dusty rural roads beside acres of farms and fields, Gail Hamilton
Maybeck fell in love with a beast - a motorcycle.
" I've ridden them my whole life, " she said, describing the experience.
" The wind, the speed, the rumble of the motor - being in control of the
beast. When I was really young, my brother would take me out (on his
bike), and he would catch hell for that from my parents, but it was fun. It
was an adventure. "
By age 12, Gail was driving her brothers around in the family Army
surplus jeep. And while some girls her age hosted tea parties with
baby dolls, Gail tinkered under the hood with her older brother as he
quizzed her about various car parts.
" I grew up a tomboy, " she said, laughing.
Later, she worked a series of jobs in different fields.
" I was a volunteer leader and student staff, and then I went
into real estate and that became a career for about 20 years, "
Gail said.
Around 1972, she met the man she eventually married. Jim
had been a professional drag racer, and the two shared a thrill
for full-throttle rides and a passion for engines that purred.
" We got into motorcycles and we were riding pretty regularly, "
Gail said.
Not impressed with her bike's original sound and
performance, she turned to Jim.
" We were talking about it, and I said fix it - well he fixed it
alright, " she said.
After many nights of research and countless iterations, Jim had
crafted a motorcycle baffle that met Gail's approval.
" He did improve the sound and performance, which is what
I
wanted, " she said. " And, you know, his comment was, 'yeah, now you
have what you want,' but I knew we were on to something. "
Always the visionary, Gail told Jim they could do bigger things, and
while he was uncertain, he went along for the ride.
" He made a number of baffles for friends, and that's when I started
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