HELMET HOUSE NEWS: Stolen Bronze Statue "The Ride" Returned To Helmet House

The Case of the Headless (Iron) Horsemen

CALABASAS HILLS, CA: Helmet House, Inc., one of the United States' largest power sports apparel and gear distributors and manufacturers announced today their bronze statue "The Ride, " stolen in 2003; was returned to Helmet House by Los Angeles Sheriff detectives who've been working the the theft case. "The Ride" was among the first projects of the "Art in Public Places" program in the city of Calabasas. The statue was the work of noted sculptor Steve Posson and art director Liselotte Bjorck-Posson. Posson is well-known to motorcyclists as the creator of "Glory Days", the highly regarded theme sculpture that is the center piece of the Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Museum at AMA headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio.

Stolen in October 2003 at Helmet House headquarters, "The Ride" was replaced with a duplicate statue in early 2006. The original statue was returned in damaged condition, having been cut off its original granite base at the Helmet House headquarters during the theft. Additionally the original statue was also missing several pieces when it returned, including the male rider's head.

The original investment cast bronze statue was discovered through a phone call to Posson, who was contacted by individuals who had purchased the stolen statue at an estate sale in suburban Los Angeles. Posson immediately contacted Helmet House ownership to notify them of the statue's location, and with this new information came a renewal of the criminal investigation by LA Sheriff Department detectives.

"We are thrilled to welcome back the original statue to Helmet House," said Phil Bellomy, Vice President and Co-Founder of Helmet House. "The Ride" commemorated not just a love of motorcycles which many of us at Helmet House share and from which we all make our living, but the statue also commemorates the successful journey Helmet House and its staff have taken since our founding in 1969. This statue is also a great example of how art can improve the quality of the community where it is placed," added Bellomy. "Lastly we'd like to thank Steve Posson for his quick action in helping us get it returned."

As the criminal investigation behind the theft is ongoing, Los Angeles Sheriff's detectives are chasing down a whole new set of leads, in hopes of bringing the thieves to light. Helmet House, having replaced the statue several years ago, has not yet made plans for the remains of the original statue, but needless to say, it is good the have "The Ride" back home.

About Helmet House, Inc.
Helmet House, Inc. is one of the industry's leading powersports product and apparel distributors. Headquartered in Calabasas Hills, CA with an eastern distribution point in Southaven, MS; Helmet House was founded in 1969. Helmet House has brought over 41 years of success to the powersports industry and is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Shoei helmets, Utopia Goggles and Fieldsheer and Pokerun apparel and riding gear, Helmet House is also the manufacturer and marketer of Tour Master and Cortech motorcycle apparel and riding gear and is the leading distributor of the best-selling motorcycle helmet in the United States for the past 12-plus years-HJC. Helmet House currently has distribution throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Latin and South America, Australia and South Africa. Helmet House was selected as the top distributor in the 2009 Dealernews Distributor Report Card report. Powersports retailers wanting to obtain information on any of the Helmet House brands can call toll free: 1-800-421-7247 or go to www.helmethouse.com.