Saturday, December 8, 2012

If you are into leather jackets . . .

Jay Leno, wearing a Limited Edition Signature Series jacket, and designer
Leroy (Krazyboy) Cornell at the Love Ride in California.

(Photo courtesy Leroy Cornell)
Daily News Sports Editor

Leroy Cornell is in the spirit of the season.
Which is how The Daily News Christmas Cheer Fund came to be in receipt of one of his specially designed leather jackets.
Cornell is perhaps better known as Leroy Krazyboy (or krazyboy). He is The Man at Krazyboy Clothing in Barnhartvale.
As his website reads: “Krazyboy Clothing offers a Limited Edition/Signature Series line of clothing for those that want to be a little different.”
The Christmas Cheer Fund, along with Krazyboy, is offering readers the opportunity to purchase one of his Limited Edition/Signature Series jacket through an auction. There are only 15 such jackets in existence and we have one of them.
“How many opportunities does the public in the entire province get to have one of only 15 items that are only done for Hollywood celebrities and movie stars?” Cornell asks.
The answer to that question: One!
Limited edition jackets such as this one are worn by actors Lorenzo Lamas and Robert Patrick, rock star George Thorogood, and TV host Jay Leno, who just happens to be one of Cornell’s friends. All are regulars with the Love Ride, the largest one-day motorcycle fund-raising event in the world.
This is a true Signature Series jacket — oh boy, is it a beaut! — with a few modifications, including some Love Ride embroidery.
Originated by Oliver Shokouh of Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Calif., Love Ride is preparing for its 30th annual event in 2013, with Leno, again, as the host. To date, it has raised more than US$24 million for charity.
Cornell has known Leno since 1999. “He used to buy leather jackets off me when I had Rampage Leathers going,” Cornell says. And when Cornell first got involved in the Love Ride, he said he wanted to do more “than just go down there and have a good time.”
So he, Shokouh and Leno came up with the idea of jackets to be used in fundraisers.
This month, Cornell chose to take it one step further and donate one to the Christmas Cheer Fund.
So here’s the deal.
We will take bids on this jacket by phone (250-372-2331) or in person at our front desk at 393 Seymour St. The deadline is Thursday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m.
A jacket similar to this one, but not Limited Edition, would set you back at least $500. So we are asking for a minimum bid of $300, and updates will be carried in the Christmas Cheer Fund stories that appear Tuesday through Saturday.
OK. Let the bidding begin.
But you’re wondering about Leno, aren’t you?
“Jay is really good. He’s laid back,” Cornell says. “We had a couple of beers and hung out for a bit, but he’s always under the gun. You think it’s really glamorous being in a situation . . . but there’s always those few people who are so rude and don’t give him any privacy.
“He can’t even eat a chili dog and he’s got people all over him.”

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