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281: New Jersey’s Route 78 ditch…Those were the days!!

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Thanks to Johnny V. for this gem. 

We skated here in private, all the time.  This video does not show how steep it becomes toward the end. You had to exit at high speeds across a small patch of grass affectionately reffered to as the “Green Door” . Weepy ruled the place.

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Dj King Weep 78 Ditch 1986

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189: The House of Tom: Tom Groholski Frontside shadow 1986, NJ

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Tom Groholski 1986 Girl Ramp NJ Frontside air over channel

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Ok so I am a little biased having taken this photo and cropped it but I think its the coolest vert shot ever…

Its available to use as wallpaper (click the wallpaper post it button below) and has become the Official House of Steam image.

here is a copy of the full photo:

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Tom Groholski FACE HIGH Frontside Air over the channel Girl Ramp NJ 1986

Ok equally as cool with the exception of Jimmy Kame looking like a conehead on the far wall. The Deck Shadows from left to right are:

2 girls… hence the name girl ramp, always at least 2.

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Rocky Vertone

Bernie O’Dowd (far wall behinf Tom’s Head)

Also check out the sweet Tommy G Robot Smith Grind graphics from none other then Team Steam’s own Raging Lamos Stevie “D” Mannion (never quite sure what the D was for)

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Head over to Steve Mannion’s EBAY store and buy this gem:

Creature from the Black Lagoon and Kay!

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Tom Groholski another FACE HIGH Frontside air over the channel 1986 Girl Ramp NJ

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Ben managed to snap this killer shot same trick same day.

If Dagnasty ever wants to make a new record then The House of Steam is sitting on the next album cover.

Hmmm… The ramp had a giant Dagnasty written across it and 2 girls would hang out on the deck. What do you call the ramp? The Girl Ramp naturally.

That makes alot of sense really.

jason

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172: THE House of Tom!!: EAST COAST PRIDE by Tom Groholski.

EAST COAST PRIDE

 

Skateboarding was way underground back in the early 80’s

after the parks closed and lots of people bailed. The fire was not

out though, not in our neck of the woods. Ramps were built in

backyards, the woods, and, yes, even barns. If you wanted to

skateboard in the Northeast, you had to work for it — build it yourself —

get out there and help others build theirs, and get it going.

The weather was also a huge obstacle. Rain was always a bummer,

but snow and ice was where it got interesting. Shovel the ramp before

the driveway. When the driveway and sidewalk were done, the ramp would

be dry. Chipping ice and melting it with space heaters was common.

Getting to ride was the payoff.

The one place shovels weren’t needed though, was the Barn. The

Kane brothers, along with Jay “Damn it!” Henry and the future Team Steam,

beat the elements with a 12′ wide, 8′ tranny, and 1′ vert ramp with angle iron

for coping. 12′ Wide was cool, but 16′ was better, and soon the ramp was

widened, layered with masonite and topped with pipe coping on the dark

side and some chunky rock top pool coping on the other.

From my vantage point, I couldn’t see the coping on the next wall

from the deck due to the beams that held the lights and the barn together.

Your hands would sometimes hit the beam if you flailed. Bats would fly,

rats, possums and raccoons dug the place and kept it interesting.

Skating at night was a bonus, but when someone would trip over the

extension cord outside, you’d better hope you weren’t riding.

You never knew who would turn up. The door would open

and “No way!” You were greeted by friends you haven’t seen in a

long time. The locals would session all of the time, but Wednesdays

and Saturdays were when the out-of-towner’s would know there would

be a session. Heavy sessions went down. Total aggression. Punk and

metal blasted, and so did the skaters. It was all happening fast, so you’d

better be paying attention.

Unreal times, great memories, and lifelong friendships, all thanks

to skateboarding. Talk about East Coast pride — mine stems from the

places we built and rode, but most importantly the people I’ve been

fortunate to get to know along the way.

Tom Groholski

For The House of Steam 2007

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Tom Groholski 85 The Barn NJ

Photo by I CHING

Not gonna say much here, Tom said it all…

I will add though the chunky pool coping was taken off of my folks back yard pool!!

thanks Mom and Dad.

Along with this crazy good essay Tom has sent us 12 seriously vintage photos so lets call it The House of Tom while I get em all posted.

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143: Rocky Vertone at Paul Frassenellis ramp NJ 1989

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Rocky Vertone frontside grind at Paul Frassenellis ramp NJ 1989

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Jimmy Kane, Dennis Kane and Paul Frassenelli lookin on from the deck of Pauls uber mini ramp in 1989. New Jersey was hot that day! Team Steam basking in the sun.
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138: Rocky Vertone goin really fast! CCCC 87

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Rocky Vertone Stand up frontside grind CCCC VA circa 1987

Yeah its safe to say Rocky did alot of things on a skateboard as good as one can…these being among the list.

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Bernie O’Dowd and Chris WEEP Blank Dorkin Around circa 1987
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127: Rocky Vertone Rare Invert at Kleins Ramp NJ 1987

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Rocky Vertone (DJ VERT ONE) Invert Klein’s Ramp NJ 1987

Photo by Wig

Not much to say about this one cept NICE UH INVERT ROCK!!!

Notice the tree house that the ramp was attached too.

Is dat yoooo Matty on the Platform? Future Brothers in Law…he he

Im gonna post all the pics from this session this week I think.

Thanks Wig

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123: Dennis Kane Kleins Ramp NJ WEEP on Deck circa 88

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Dennis Kane at Klein’s Ramp NJ Circa 1988

Photo by Wig

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Man this ramp was fun to ride! Someone should have slapped a Barn over it…Yep thats WeepStar on deck I see Rock as well…Dennis Kane doing his thing. No complaints outta me looking back at my teenage years, dat’s da troof!


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