December 01, 2012
Make Old Leathers Look Like New Again
Info: Anthony’s Leatherworks
3401 East Coast Highway
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Stephen “Jordan” Long: Racing is expensive. Anything that can save a few bucks, especially without any compromise in quality, is a good thing.
One of the best ways to save money, if you’re a roadracer, is to keep your leathers in action as long as possible. That’s the goal of Anthony’s Leatherworks, based in Corona Del Mar, Calif.
Anthony’s provides a range of services, including crash damage repair, restoration, cleaning, dyeing, alterations and more. It’s a real professional shop, with true craftsmen on staff. They have been working with leather since 1948.
I tried out Anthony’s Leatherworks’ on a Frank Thomas suit that I bought off the rack in 2009. As far as the suit goes, it’s a great option for a beginner rider or racer. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but it’s a good suit.
My first race with this suit was at the Virginia International Raceway. The fact that this was a new track to me was only exacerbated when I missed Friday practice and had only a few practice sessions in the morning to get the bike dialed in and my head right. In the first race, though, I was doing well and getting faster. Then it happened. Coming into turn one, I braked too deeply and had to cruise into the grass. All was fine until I hit a large rock and got thrown off my bike. The damage to the suit wasn’t severe, but it was definitely worse for wear.
Then, in 2010, I attended my first AMA amateur roadrace at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. I went out with fresh, cold tires and on the warm-up lap lost the front end in turn four. The suit had some abrasion on the right thigh area and the elbow area, taking off some stitching.
On top of that, the suit has suffered through three years of sweating and typical wear. It definitely needed some work to make it look new again. Anthony’s Leatherworks delivered. Everything was done beyond my expectations: color was restored, holes were seamlessly patched, and they fixed problems that I never noticed.
The company communicated with me throughout the process. There were no hidden charges. Service was quick, even considering I shipped from the East Coast to the West Coast.
I’ve already raced in the restored suit, and it felt fresh and clean with no worries about the damaged areas. I recommend these folks to all of my trackday and racing friends.