Tom LaMarche in Philly 2007 Dec 29, 2009

Photo by Jose Martinez – click to enlarge

A key sign as to how far the fixed gear freestyle scene has come in 2 years.

Here’s Tom in Philly, on November 25th, 2007, gapping the waterfront ledges. Tom was still on his BMW with 28c tires, narrow bars and had just gotten sponsored by Profile. At the time, we were all blown away that he hit that line. Now just about anyone would be able to do it and few people could probably 180 it.

Ah memories. Here’s a little back-story…

We had all met at the MASH SF premiere in NYC at the Battle at the Banks; Wilis, Tony, Tom and I. Shortly afterwards, Jose took the Chinatown bus down with Luke and Wilis. The plan was to film for a new project called Bootleg Sessions. While Luke was filming, Jose took a ton of shots of the crew. That’s the day Jose caught this sequence.

This was all after the first Peel Sessions competition. I remember trying to convince them to drive up to NYC on a Thursday night for the comp. They did and Cahill’s car made the cover of the first DVD. We became friends and still to this day, this crew of guys are my core homies.

I’ve dug up some old posts from the old server to pass the time this afternoon. Find them below.

Slow Sunday…
Tom LaMarche FDR
Peel Sessions Recap
Slow Sunday

  • TOM

    Good times, good people. Thanks for this one John. I needed it.

  • Jake Ricker

    I disagree!
    I think this shows how ahead of everyone Tom is!
    I dont know many people that could do that line
    Maybe the gap
    But not the bunny hop up the ledge, etc
    Tom fucking rules!
    And there is no doubt in my mind we owe Tom most of the credit to “700cmx”
    Hes the original!!!

    You still had your Pista Concept with that white 650 HED wheel back then didn’t you?

  • Levenger

    Tom killed it on his original setup too. Him and keo were the standout parts in bootleg 1, and look at them now. Fgfs almost mimics bmx; the gap, stair, rail, transition riders get the vids and hype, but the flatland spinners still get some love and respect. Lamarche, I need that Vulcan mind meld man!