James Clark was a motorcycle enthusiast. He had a life-long passion for riding, and began wrenching on his own and friends bikes in his parents garage early on. He spent some time working for a Harley-Davidson dealership before opening his own motorcycle repair shop, Chino's, in Fremont, California. Being dissatisfied with the gaskets that he found available, James began to cultivate his own ideas for improved sealing technology.
In 1977 James started the James Motorcycle Parts Company. Paying close attention to quality and fit, he quickly gained a reputation for producing superior gaskets and seals. James began supplying gaskets and complete rebuild kits for engine and transmission overhauls for a variety of Harley-Davidson models to an ever-growing group of enthusiasts and was credited with providing the much-needed sealing solution for the American V-Twin.
In 1979 James Gaskets, Inc. was officially born. James continued to add more gaskets and seals to the product line, making improvements along the way. Development of new products and the demand for Genuine James Gaskets and seals continued to increase.
Before long James Gaskets was producing the most complete product line of Harley-Davidson aftermarket gaskets and seals in the industry. James' reputation for producing superior gaskets combined with his professional and personal ethic earned him the respect of industry leaders. James Clark quickly came to be regarded within the industry as "the Godfather of gaskets".
In 1999 James Gaskets moved into its current home in Dayton, Nevada, a 46,000 square foot facility with the capacity to accommodate more efficient machinery and storage of raw materials. The James Gaskets product line is known worldwide, with distributors throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia; a long way from the humble garage beginnings to the world-renowned company James Gaskets is today!
Sadly, James passed away on September 7, 2007. The industry will surely miss his technical contribution and his amazing foresight. He will long be remembered for his integrity and admired for his intelligence.
Anyone who was fortunate enough to have known James in any capacity most likely saw in him these qualities and attributes and were no doubt affected and inspired by his vision and his passion for the industry that he was so much a part of.