Jamie Bestwick's State College, Pa., home
Welcome to Jamie Bestwick's
Ever wonder what sort of digs eight-time X Games BMX vert champion Jamie Bestwick calls home? Based on the extensive tour he gave us, the answer is: One with lots of "Star Wars" toys and a healthy dose of his native England's dry humor. Come inside ...
"Seeing as I don't have a shrine to myself, I melted down every trophy I had to help build this house. I'm not sure if it's eco-friendly though," says Jamie regarding his house, which sits in central Pennsylvania not far from Woodward.
"I especially put Parsley on the table, as it reminds me of the time I was captured by a tribe of Cannibals and was being made into a human casserole. Those boys sure knew how to garnish a good meal." -- Classic Bestwick humor.
"These helmets have played such pivotal roles in my life. The bottom right helmet helped me to discover my new weight loss program, which I'll be blatantly plugging soon. I'm just waiting for the FDA to approve it," says Bestwick.
Eddie Fiola GT Bike
"I caught BMX on English TV and this was the first bike I saw. GT pro Eddie Fiola rode it and ultimately set me off on my BMX quest. Years later I met Eddie at a Vans skatepark in Cali and listened to him tell me how he used to do the same stuff as me."
"This helmet is about as close to death as I ever want to go. Last November, while I was racing my sport bike in Texas, I low-sided and the guy behind me thought it was a good idea to run over my head. Thank you Bell Helmets for saving my life."
Vintage Jamie Bestwick
"That bowl-headed kid in the Yamaha and Suzuki jacket is me on my first bike, and that's my first camera. Yes, those are one-piece bars, and no, those pants are not Dolce & Gabbana."
"The guys that fitted the front door looked exactly like this. I asked them for a discount and they bunged me a couple of replica toys. The book is a great motorcycle book, not some fiction about a hellish morning after eating at a local curry house."
Bestwick Strikes Back
"See that Ego-driven guy getting an ear bashing of that lady? And that campish gold man? And how about the hairy dude? Well kids, that's "Star Wars," a tale about folks being chased around the galaxy by Darth Vader and Stormtroopers."
"My friend Jay Allen got me into these Maharishi toys, and now I'm hooked. My two dogs are in England, and I miss them. The baby, well he's gone too. Only to be replaced by a 5-year-old with more energy than a Duracell bunny."
"Alice Cooper, Axl Rose, Lemmy from Mothead, Angus Young, James Hetfield and Ozzy Osbourne all live at my house, and not one of the tight-fisted gits pays rent. Sound familiar Harry Main?"
"I mean honestly, who the hell wears an all-brown suit? [As seen on the ground in the Spiderman mural.] Color blindness runs in the family. Here's me with my nondescript camera."
"This is my bike storage. I have always loved bikes more so than women."
"This is my first ever trophy. It was for 'UK's Got Talent.' The finalists were myself, Ricky Butcher, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Brian Harvey and Patrick Moore."
CFB Gold Straight Jacket Award
"Having this gold straight jacket allows me free entry in every prison and mental institute in the United States. It's kind of like an AMEX Black Card."
Bicycle Union Sticker
"Before dressing like Sid Vicious and having no seat post was fashionable, I was on Bicycle Union. My sponsor package was a box of PG Tips. The fact that I have my eyebrows and do not suffer from third degree burns tells you I never made the pro team."
Bikes and more bikes
"I am hosting a huge charity bike ride this year, to raise money for local families affected by cancer. Come get your ride on with me!"
"There's always some thieving little rodent trying to get his hands on a Dew Cup!"
Bird's Eye View
"I usually move the chairs when a fight goes down in my living room. Here you get a bird's eye view of none of the action."
"At school I passed all my exams to be a chef. It brings back so many great memories of being the only boy in a class full of girls. Get the picture?"
"This was a painting I bought from the Athlete Recovery Fund charity auction. It reminds me of so many people in life trying to be an artist with a yellow plastic head. Food for thought? Doubt it."
"Seconds later, I was rushed to hospital with huge burns to my face. Never use toilet cleaner as shaving cream. Never bathe in socks, either."
"These bikes hold so may great memories, and DK and System Cycles are behind them all. The top bike bike reminded me that bike parts are not meant to last forever, while the bottom bike screams, "vintage year!"
'99 GT Complete Bike
"1999 was a great year but, ultimately the bike lost its shine. So Mark Grey custom restored this bike to its former glory! ShamWow!"
"I sit here when Chelsea and Derby County are losing, which lately has been quite a lot."
"The living room. This is where all the living gets done, until I pass out on the couch when I'm dead. Figuratively speaking."
"Coffee table. Which reminds me of a surfboard. Which reminds me of Kelly Slater. Which reminds of that stupid airline that screwed up my whole trip to the Laureus Awards. Thanks. And he won. Hurray!"
"It's the simple things in life that keep you happy, and nothing says happy like a cold can of Monster and almond butter."
Thanks for visiting
"I know this picture makes me look like I just farted, but its the peace and serenity that my Toyota Highlander Hybrid instills in me."