A 40-year journey on a classic motorcycle
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Dan Tupper decided at age 13 he wanted a motorcycle. The year was 1973.

“I’m thinking Yamaha or Kawasaki,” Tupper, 53, said.

His dad, the late Clare Tupper, instead bought him a used 1939 Indian. It cost about $ 50 and needed more than a little work to be road ready.

“‘We’ll fix it up together,’” Tupper, who grew up on South Lake Road, Pembroke, and now lives in Leesville, La., recalled his old man saying.

That was the start of a 40-year tale that ended this month. The restored, refurbished Indian took the ultimate trophy, Best of Show, at the largest four-day biker convention in North America, Lone Star Rally 2012, Nov. 1 to 4, in Galveston, Texas.

More than 20,000 motorcycles and 500,000 people were at the event.

The ’39 Indian Sport Scout model also won first place in the classics division and two judges choice awards. Judges from Martin Brothers, a Texas motorcycle parts maker, gave the Indian a score of 96 out of 100, the most since Lone Star Rally started a decade ago.

A little history

Tupper joined the Army at age 19 and made a career out of it as a helicopter pilot. He retired as a captain in 2000 and now flies in Afghanistan for a private military contractor in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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