14-yr Old Zeke & The Zoöid
Bryan met Zeke DeZeeuw and his dad, Patrick at The Barber Museum a few years back in one of his Full-Bore LIVE! workshops. Zeke was eager to learn, had a great attitude and surprisingly at his young age, was willing to put in the hard work and time required to become an accomplished builder. Shortly after seeing him at several more industry events, Bryan worked out a trade -give Zeke a Lincoln Electric welder, and he builds Bryan a bike. That bike became the "Zoöid". A few weeks ago, Zeke delivered on that handshake promise and now Bryan is happily riding the Zoöid in and around Atlanta and proudly sharing it at The SEMA Show 2017 alongside our 1940 Ford Truck, "Georgia Gold".
A Word from Zeke:
"Zoöid has been the greatest journey of life lessons and fabrication lessons. I'm at another level of skill as far as welding and metal fabrication goes. Beyond the hours of fabrication that my dad and I spent, I've learned the importance of keeping my word. When I shook hands with Bryan at COTA two years ago I had no idea what I was getting into. But I was determined to impress and succeed. My dad constantly told me to keep my word when times were stressful and frustrating. Being young and relatively new to building (compared to Bryan and his crew) I came to huge speed bumps when mistakes were made. Having the thought of needing to keep my word in my head, we persevered to finish. Overall I was ready to let the bike go. After two long years I wanted to move on. I love the bike and the lessons it has taught me. Zoöid came out 10 times better then expected, but it took me about 30 seconds to let go. If you told me the hard times and frustration I would go through two years ago at COTA, I can guarantee that I still would have shaken Bryan's hand."
Zoöid & What It Means
A Zoöid is an organic organism that allows another organism to move and develop within it, an interesting parallel to the process of mentoring.
The lime fire green paint was chosen by Bryan to pay homage to Pete Chapouris of SoCal Speedshop. Pete passed away during the build in January 2017 and out of respect Zeke wanted to commemorate Bryan’s own mentor (Pete) with this build. The DeZeeuws hope that Zoöid is a symbol for all mentors who take the time to pass on what they know to the next generation. The colors tell a story of mentorship and the lime fire green with a lightening bolt impacting a plain white canvas of Zeke.