Cushman CLUB OF AMERICA
TEEN DREAM MACHINE OF THE '50's NOW A COLLECTIBLE FOR THE '80's
Eagle Model 765-14
Since the invention of the Cushman Motor Scooter in 1936,
millions of Americans have become acquainted with this machine
either through first-hand experience or association.
A product of the Cushman Motor Works of Lincoln, Nebraska, the
scooter was not only the dream machine of teenagers, but also found
a place serving society as a post office and military vehicle.
Eventually, Cushman was driven out of the scooter business by
foreign imports, especially Honda.
Largely through the efforts of Bill Somerville, of 1200 Kygar
Road, Ponca City, Oklahoma 47604, a Cushman Club of America was
formed in 1982, and now boasts over 900 members.
'Cushman Club of America was founded in 1982 because I could
not find any information or parts for a Cushman scooter that I had
purchased,' wrote Bill in a recent letter to GEM. 'I
started looking for a Cushman Club and could not find anyone who
knew of one.' Deciding the time had come for the formation of
such an organization, Bill ran an ad in Hemmings Motor
News to find some people to talk with about scooters.
In the three years since that first ad, the Club has held three
national meets and published a wide range of books, such as
owner's manuals, parts books, repair manuals, and
paraphernalia. The most recent meet was held in Cleburn, Texas, on
June 28 and 29.
Somerville's main interest is the Cushman Eagle scooter,
since he had owned one in junior high school. 'In trying to
research the Eagle,' he writes, 'I found that there were no
books at all on Cushman even though at least a million kids had
owned or wanted one during the forties, fifties, or sixties. Most
of the older people who had worked at Cushman were now gone or had
destroyed their literature. I decided I had better do something or
pretty soon everything would be gone.'