Just who is this 'G.L. Yarocki' ?
George Yarocki was born in 1927. He purchased his first motorcycle, a 1928 Indian 101 Scout, at age 14. From age 16 to age 21 George's only transportation was by motorcycle. He soon traded his 101 for a 1931 Harley 74 Flathead. This was sold in favor of a 1938 Indian Chief. While riding with friends he fell in love with a particular 1928 Indian Scout owned by a fellow rider. He purchased this Scout and enjoyed it immensely riding thousands of miles on it. He and a friend, riding double, covered some four thousand miles in three weeks on one trip alone. George assembled a 1941 Harley 74 Knucklehead from parts just before entering the service.
George entered the army in 1945 and trained as a tank gunner. Once in a regular outfit, the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas, he had his 1941 Harley shipped to him. He used this for transportation during his stay in Texas and used it to get himself to a new post at Fort Knox, Kentucky and finally after his enlistment was up, rode home on it.
George was 21 years old when he bought his first car. This was followed by marriage and the need to purchase a home and furnishings. As happened to many motorcyclists, he sold his Harley and the 101 Scout he still owned to help get established. Children came along and George spent some twenty-two years away from motorcycles and motorcycling.
In 1971 George bought back his 1928 Indian 101 Scout, now in pieces. After many hours of labor he had a running motorcycle again. In 1971 George discovered The Antique Motorcycle Club of America, Inc., began attending swap meets and over the next few years acquired another 101 Scout, a 1929 model, a 1913 Indian single, a 1928 Indian Chief with a Goulding sidecar, a 1931 Indian four and a 1941 Indian four as well as a 1961 BMW.
In time he became a member of the board of directors and finally vice president of the AMCA. He became very interested in upgrading the AMCA judging system and with help from the Yankee Chapter of the AMCA came up with a system, which was tried by the National and soon abandoned as too complex. This system was however picked up again several years later, honed to better serve the needs of the restorer by interested AMCA members and is the world-class system now used by the AMCA.
As time went on George sold off all his antique motorcycles, except the 101 Scouts and focused on just the Indian 101 Scout. He founded The 101 Association, Inc. that is in operation today.
George learned the importance of vintage and antique motorcycle literature as he was restoring his re-purchased Indian 101 Scout back in 1971. His attempt at obtaining literature back then was met with little success and he vowed then that any original literature he was able to acquire in the future would be available to anyone needing it.
By the early eighties George had a fair collection of original vintage literature and put together a catalog. Copy machines were in their infancy back then but with the help of several copy machine dealers he acquired a copy machine that would make clear black and white copies. Today, everything that is in color on the originals is reproduced in color on his state of the art Xerox color laser machine.