1st Litestar Distributor/Dealer Meeting

Innsbrook, MO

May 17-18,1983

The following pictures were taken at the Dealers meeting at the Innsbrook Resort and Conference Center, near St. Louis, MO.

The Yellow autocycle is the BD-200.

The White autocycle is the one that Doug Walsh built for the Chicago Auto Show which was held in March of 1983.

The primer autocycle looks like it is unfinished.

Bill Schmitz attended the meeting and recalls that, "Stan did the Innsbrook thing first class, the appetizers were great and the biggest shrimp I ever ate."

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Do you recognize anyone in these photos?

Picture #1...Below...man on Left?....Center with beard?...man sitting in Litestar?

Ben Scarborough with camera

Picture #2...Below...Jim Bede....man sitting?...man on Right?

Picture #3...Below..man on left (restaurant staff)...Black coat? Red coat?...Tan coat?

Picture #4...Below...man sitting?....man Standing?

Picture #5...Below...Left black coat?...Black coat?...Brown shirt-Doug Walsh?...Bede on right.

Picture #6...Below...Jim Bede...?....Arlon Fowler with brown coat, hands in pockets.......man sitting?

Below....Sam & Sue Renauro

Below, Larry LeMay

Doug Walsh recalls ......."the Chicago Auto Show Car was later taken to the Dealer Meeting at Mundelein, IL where the stripes were added.

If you know where this autocycle is, please email steveschmidt at hotmail.com

The photos of the 'primer' car was an early Scranton built Litestar with chopper gun body.

There were only two sets of hand laid glass bodies made directly from the original master using self skinning foam molds. They were very nice parts. One set was used for the Chicago auto show car, the other went on the GPZ1100 chassis sold to Dave Schwartz.

The plaster master fell apart when the final fiberglass molds were removed.

There were many spray RIM parts made and rejected. I think only one car was half built with a crappy RIM body and it was used as a test mule.

It was also in primer but was not very presentable.

The white autocycle above appears to be another Scranton Litestar based on the dash and seats I see.

At this Dealer meeting, we were giving demo rides around the property and all three autocycles were overheating badly because they sat and idled while people talked.

We had to rotate them in and do non-stop oil changes because the oil temps got over 420 degrees and broke down the oil causing low pressure.

That show was the turning point where promises and reality were farthest apart. Don Rudny and I couldn't watch while all those dealers were told that hundreds of cars would be rolling off the production line soon.

Stan Leitner cornered us and demanded the truth, wondering if Jim was lying to him too.

Then Jim fired us for being honest about the state of development. It was all smoke and mirrors,... and the beginning of the end."


Larry LeMay and Nick Tsopas of New Hampshire

Don & Martha Rose, Arlon & Rhonda Fowler, Ben Scarborough, Kenny & Dana Crump
Litestar of Texas....Mt. Vernon, TX

Bob Briggs
Autocycle Today of West Linn, OR

Ed & Sue Weyman of Dayton Beach, FL

Armin, Elsie & Warren Jocz of Wheels Plus Inc.
Grand Rapids, MI

John Donaldson, Barbara Collins, George Naples and Kevin Conner
Ocean City, NJ

Steve Heide and Nancy Kaster of Green Bay, WI

Sam & Sue Renauro of Newfield, NJ

David & Kim Schwartz of D.M.S. America Inc. of Northbrook, IL

Steve Charia of New Orleans, LA

Clarence & Clariece Greenwood of Las Vegas, NV

Ken & Karen Futterer of Dover, AR

Mrs. Betty Collier c/o James D. Collier of Altus AFB, OK

Tim & Jan Hayes and Ed Balkam of Murfreesboro, AR

Nick Nichols and Bo Paida of Port Aransas, TX

Ken Walkden of Delta, B.C. Canada

Mike Collado Itex Corporation of Stamford, CT

Terry Sisson and Scott & Teri LeForce and C.V. LeForce of Aurora, CO

Dave & Marsha Schroeder and Brad Johnson of Grain Valley, MO

Henry Capello and Dick Wilson of Waxahachie, TX

Jerry & Patricia Reynolds of Gassaway, WV

Frank DiMatteo, Bill Sostaric and Dave Bear of Monroeville, PA

Richard Kline Land Craft Ltd. of Millersville, MD

Bill Schmitz of West Chester, PA

Chuck Hansen of Bakersfield, CA

Tallie Jones of Tacoma, WA

Robert Dawry of Las Vegas, NV

Earl & Deanna McDaniel and John & Judy Stratman of Newburgh, IN

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Wolfe and Lawrence Wolfe of Carte Madera, CA

Billy Inmon and Jim Grit IN-IT Corporation of Willard, OH

Robert Eldridge of Arlington, TX

Sugar Schwartz and Michelle Ladle
D.M.S. America Inc. of Northbrook, IL

Carl & Nancy Coates and Chris & Marilyn Coates and Mike Coates of Corydon, IA

Jim Blevins with Litestar of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dealer Meeting #2....Chicago, IL....Nov. 1983

Dealer Meeting #3....Owosso, MI....February 1985

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