A Face In The Crowd 

The photos that line the oil-stained walls of Charlie Southgate’s small shop tell a story of diversion and devotion. They illustrate his zeal for his most prized pastime: motorcycles. You’ll find him six days a week at Inglewood Machine & Cycle, a carefully disheveled place, with tools, odd mechanical parts and metal scraps strewn about, housed in the same building his father built nearly half a century ago. “I learned more or less by watching my father,” who was a gunsmith, he says. Southgate also acquired a taste for racing from his father, so when he’s not working, you’ll find him on the racetrack with one of his 50-plus bikes. Whether it’s forging obscure auto parts or racing an old bike, Southgate says he’s always up for a challenge. “It’s all about enjoying what you do,” he says.

—By Meredith Berger

The photos that line the oil-stained walls of Charlie Southgate’s small shop tell a story of diversion and devotion. They illustrate his zeal for his most prized pastime: motorcycles. You’ll find him six days a week at Inglewood Machine & Cycle, a carefully disheveled place, with tools, odd mechanical parts and metal scraps strewn about, housed in the same building his father built nearly half a century ago. “I learned more or less by watching my father,” who was a gunsmith, he says. Southgate also acquired a taste for racing from his father, so when he’s not working, you’ll find him on the racetrack with one of his 50-plus bikes. Whether it’s forging obscure auto parts or racing an old bike, Southgate says he’s always up for a challenge. “It’s all about enjoying what you do,” he says.

—By Meredith Berger

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