Richard Asprey – Rider #77
Richard is the President of the North Texas Norton Owners Association, and a Brit, who took a circuitous life path to end up in Texas. As a teenager he went to work in the insurance industry in London. highly motivated, he moved through the ranks quickly and soon was off to Bermuda, where many of the British insurance firms had relocated to take advantage of the regulatory and tax benefits of a British Overseas Territory.
After five years in Bermuda, Richard was off to Florida to start his own insurance business. The business grew rapidly, and frequent cross-country travel caused Richard to relocate more centrally, and he chose Dallas. His roots sunk into the Texas soil like no place before, partly because in the Texas Norton Club he found a group of guys who shared his passion for vintage British motorcycles, both restoring them and riding them hell-bent for leather.
Richard is riding a 1915 Norton Tourist Trophy – shown here at the start of the 2018 Cannonball in Portland Maine.
Stewart Garrison – Rider #114
Stewart Garrison is a long time resident of Arlington TX. where he still lives with wife Renee and works with his sons at the landscape company he co-founded 40 years ago. During his college years in Austin Tx, Stewart developed a passion for sports cars and European road bikes while spending hours riding with friends in the Texas hill country. His first bike was a 1973 Norton Commando and he rode it hard. He still owns and rides his original Triumph T160 he bought new in 1975. Stewart is a long time member of the North Texas Norton Owners Association./
Over the years Stewart has collected and restored numerous exciting cars and motorcycles and is still passionate about vintage motorcycles. Stewart rode in the 2018 Chase on a 1948 Triumph Speed Twin and jumped at the opportunity to be riding in the 2021 Cannonball with the Norton team.
Stewart is riding a 1924 Norton 16H.
Chris Parry – Rider #115
Chris Parry was born in Africa – in what is now Zambia – and his family moved back to the UK in his early teens. Raised in the Fylde area, he then worked in Lytham St Annes and Bristol as a consultant. In 1989, he took a six month break and visited Texas where – within three days – he was introduced to his wife-to-be Monica by his great friend Ian. After a BSc degree in IT – he returned to the US in 1994.
Now a citizen, Chris works as a solution architect in travel IT. Monica and he live in Grapevine Texas and love to travel both abroad and here in the US. Through motorcycling, they have made lifelong friends, and love nothing more than to ride two-up – whether vintage or modern, whether local or across-country.
Chris has served as President and Vice-President of the NTNOA but the Club Members have now forgiven him. He participated in the 2018 Cannonball with Team Norton and – thanks solely to the 1923 Norton 16H performing flawlessly – came ninth with a perfect score.
Keith Martin – Rider #116
Keith Martin is a native Texan and the owner of Big D Cycle. Involved in motorcycling since age 7 he has raced motorcycles on pavement, dirt and the Salt Flats. He loves all motorcycles but has a special passion for British bikes that started when he first purchased a Triumph 750 at age 18.
Working in the motorcycle industry for over 30 years as a dealer, mechanic, and restoring hundreds of British bikes he is still excited to get to the shop everyday. After selling the new Triumph dealership in 2008 he has made restoring bikes his main focus.
This will be the third Cannonball for Keith and he also participated in the Cross Country Chase in 2019.
Keith Is riding a 1924 Norton 16H.
Ryan Ambrose – Mechanic/Support Crew
Ryan is an accomplished racing motorcyclist and mechanic – with championships in CMRA, AHRMA and AMA Vintage.
Ryan has worked at Big D for 17 years and has completed several personal projects including a 1978 Triumph T140 Bonneville and a TR5T.
Ryan has served as President and Vice-President of the NTNOA to great effect.
Scott “Grady” Aday – Mechanic/Support Crew
Grady has been with Big D for many years – and aside from working on the Flattanks – has derived great enjoyment from working on several Vincents including frame-up rebuilds.
Alton Gillespie – Driver/Support Crew
Alton is a member of the Pinstriping Hall of Fame – and is well known wherever paint and pretty much anything powered by the internal combustion engine come together. He has had more than a passing acquaintance with luminaries such as Von Dutch and Willie G. He likes nothing better than being asked to drive a truck and trailer across America – taking in the landscape.
Mark Zenor – Driver/Mechanic/Support Crew
Mark is a committed Norton enthusiast. Recently retired from the aerospace industry – he is now self-employed – and repairs and restores Nortons in Washington State.
Mark is the VP of the NorthWest Norton Owners Club based in Seattle, was the Co-Chair of the Tall Timber INOA Rally held in Elma WA in 2018, and was part of the 2018 Team Norton Cannonball Crew. He also participated in the Cannonball Chase in 2019 riding his own Norton.