If you watch the videos on our 'As Seen On TV' page you'll hear Sid's enterprise referred to as Gold 'N West.
The name change occured in mid-2001 to more appropriately convey the true essence of the company.
The Accident That
American Cruiser was originally called Gold 'N West by its founder, Sid Gowdy. The circumstances behind the creation and development of the TriCruiser are directly related to Sid's interesting background.
Sid was born to be a tinkerer. By age 9 he had already designed and built his own fully functional go-cart using parts gathered from around the neighborhood. After attending college and a stint in the Marines, Sid settled into the business of constructing and piloting hang gliders and ultralight aircraft. Sid has accumulated more than six thousand hours aloft.
The business of flying bestowed many exciting assignments and adventures upon Sid. One of his most interesting assignments was that of pilot for the Falcon Attraction at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, where he would release a trained Hawk high above the crowd as part of the Falconry Show.
|In 1989 Sid was involved in an auto accident that ultimately led to the development of the TriCruiser. The injuries he sustained in the accident prevented Sid from enjoying his hobby of cycling, so he directed his abilities and knowledge of lightweight metals toward the construction of the first prototype TriCruiser. Now, many, many TriCruisers later, Sid receives a steady flow of orders for his wonderful invention.|
|SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA USA|
|Sid Gowdy, Proprietor (619) 281-6720 TriCruiser2000@aol.com|