At 101 years old, Lufkin resident not letting off the throttle

Published: Apr. 15, 2016 at 8:14 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2016 at 8:43 PM CDT
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Source: KTRE Staff
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Source: KTRE Staff
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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Ben Mock was born on April 14,1915, and early on, he fell in love with motorcycles.

Ninety years later, he can still be found cruising the streets of Lufkin on his Honda Goldwing. In the 1920s, motorcycles were still being developed and Mock knew he needed to get one.

"It was 1927," Mock said. "I was 11 years-old. It was a Harley Davidson. Harley was my favorite bike for years. I hope the Harley riders don't hate me, but this [Goldwing] is the best one made right now."

Mock feels at home when he feels the wind in his face. In his nine decades of riding, he has never been seriously hurt.

"Knock on wood, so far I have never broke a bone in my body from riding on my bike," Mock said.

When he drives on the roads of the Pineywoods, Mock is met with faces of amazement when they learn of his age.

"They look at me and say, 'Man you're not 100 years old' and, 'You're still ridding a bike? Are you afraid of it?' I say, 'Anytime I get afraid of riding a bike you will see it out sitting with a sign on it for sale.'"

Mock has traveled all over the Western  U.S. and Canada. The trips never get old.

"I've been all over," Mock said. "Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Canada. It's a beautiful place. On a bike I can stop and park and take a nice picture. Over the years, my family and friends would come over and say, 'That's a nice picture and I would give it to them. I still have a mental picture in my head."

Despite having people set bad examples for bikers, Mock feels the road is a safe place for him.

"I'm safer than the guy in the car," Mock said. "You see everything when you are riding. You have an open view. In a car, you are boxed in. On the bike, I can see behind me, in front of me, and move my head."

Mock said he is not letting his age keep him away from his bike.

"No, no," Mock said. "What's the use. I don't want to stop. I will not stop."

Mock will be celebrating his birthday on Saturday with a barbecue with his close family and friends.

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