Born in 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, Wes moved to Los Angeles in 1999. It was about that time that he started Four Aces Cycle Supply. Back then he was just selling parts while also fixing and putting together bikes. It was not til 2006 that he spent most of his time building bikes. Most of them were custom builds, but this was also when he got into land speed racing or dry lake racing. There was a change in focus in his life and dry lake racing became his new passion.
We had met at INPIRATION in Long Beach a few weeks before and he was a cool guy to talk to straight off the bat. Maybe it was me enticing him with the Detroit drag racer BSA that we have but I knew that if I wanted to get that thing back on the grid I had to talk to Wes. Walking in he greeted me with a firm handshake. There is just something so genuine about him. Maybe it was his southern accent or the Bonneville plaques pinned on a shelf behind him. Whatever it was I knew he was the real deal.
On the bench closest to him was his newest project -- a historic twin engine BSA drag racer. Still in the process of putting it back together, the two engines sitting there were already giving me goose bumps. Thinking about these bikes built in the '60's going close to 200 miles per hour is just amazing.
What was the first bike you ever owned? "I have been riding bikes since I was a kid but my parents never liked the idea. I was 19 when I bought my first bike. It was a 1975 Harley Davidson Sportster in Florida."
What's your dream bike Wes? "My 1967- 68 Triumph TR6 desert sled and my lake bike 1951 Triumph Tiger 100 that is currently running on Nitromethane are my dream bikes. The desert sled will always remind me of the cool dude that I bought it from and always will long after he is gone. That is why it's my dream bike. I would sell a Vincent in a heartbeat but I would love to own another lake bike with lots of race history."
Tell me about your first time at Bonneville. "The 1951 500cc Tiger 100 was the bike I did Bonneville for the first time in 2006. I've been going ever since. I can't walk away. I still want a record. Also, it is a huge satisfaction to go every year with your own bike that you built."
Before we knew it it was close to 5 o'clock in the afternoon. I apologized to Wes for taking up most of his work day. I had not planned to but we had spent the whole day talking about bikes and sharing stories. I can't say that this happens a lot but with the right people, time just flies. With West it definitely did.
I have always been a fan of his beautiful builds in the past and will continue to follow his adventures now chasing that record on the salt.
Thanks Wes! Can't wait for the next visit. Maybe it will be our BSA on the bench by then.
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