Cindy Rutherford

November 17, 2012


Cindy Rutherford, who owned Century Motorcycles on Pacific Coast Highway in San Pedro, died November 8 after a two-year-long fight with cancer. Anybody who ever crossed paths with Ms. Rutherford knows cancer must have cheated.

Her father, William “Wild Bill” Cotton, founded Century in 1962. He was a sometime boxer and racer who started riding motorcycles in 1919 and she was one of his 14 children. She began working in his shop while she was still attending San Pedro High School and took over the business when her father died in 1993. Ms. Rutherford had him cremated and his ashes still reside in the shop’s showroom where they have presided over Century’s well known Christmas and Fathers Day parties. Century specializes in classic British motorcycles but they will work on any bike.

Cindy Rutherford was a colorful and eccentric character in a world that is becoming increasingly conformist. She never censored herself. She was fond of sidecars, firemen’s hats, pink tutu’s and, in her final years, medical marijuana and black tee-shirts with the slogan “fuck cancer.” People who didn’t give a damn about motorcycles followed her battle with the disease on her Facebook page.

Cindy Rutherford was born February 27, 1946, in Birmingham, Alabama. She is survived by said her long time partner Mike Gaffney; her sons Tim Parrish and James Floyd; her sister Boots Knowles; and her German Shepherd Girldawg.

Her remains will be cremated and placed next to her father’s.

Cindy Rutherford was 66-years-old. The world was her Burger King. She had it her way.

Requiscant in Pace



19 Responses to “Cindy Rutherford”

  1. Jim666 Says:

    @ Sleddog, Hang tough man, Hoping the best for you, your wife, and yours.

    Sorry for your loss , Condolences,Glad you can remember the good times

    Respects Jim666

  2. Viking 1%er Says:

    Hey Cap’n my condolences lost mine will be 4 years end of this year hang tough I finally got to the point where remembering brought the smiles and laffs more than not. Hoping you are to. Sleddog my prayers for your lady and you.
    Respect to all here

  3. 1badbitch Says:

    I rolled through century cycles about 2 weeks ago and met Tim. What a great guy! I instantly loved him. I told him I read his mom passed on the web and he was very sweet. I never met her but I read wonderful things about her and still do today. I hope this place lasts forever. Just wish it was closer to me. RIP and long live Century Cycles!

  4. sleddog Says:

    Thank you. I appreciate your thoughts. My respects to all

  5. One Eye Says:

    @Sleddog: Prayers, and get well wishes, to your wife. Respects.

  6. Cap'n Bill Says:

    To Sleddog:

    I wish you and your wife the very best.
    Stay strong!

  7. sleddog Says:

    My condolences to her family any may she rest in peace. My wife is fighting the battle now

  8. Cap'n Bill Says:

    Hey, thanks everyone! It is getting a little easier as time rolls on…respectsl

  9. Jim666 Says:

    R.I.P. Cindy,
    @ Cap`n Bill sincere condolences on your loss

  10. Drifter Says:

    Godspeed Cindy…

    Thanks Reb, I know Tim will appreciate it…

    Sorry for your loss Cap’n Bill…

  11. One Eye Says:

    @Cap’n Bill: my sincere condolences on the loss of your wife. May she Rest In Peace. Respects.

  12. RK Says:

    I had the privilege of getting to Cindy and her son during my time in Pedro. I’ll never forget my first time in Century Motorcycles where she welcomed me right in and told me stories about the old days, Von Dutch, and all kinda Pedro culture. She is most certainly a woman who lived a full life and will be missed by anyone who had the good fortune to cross her path. R.I.P. Cindy…


  13. Ol'LadyRider Says:

    Rest peacefully, Cindy. I have no doubt you left this world kicking at the cancer with your boots on.

    Cap’n Bill, my condolences for your loss. I am a cancer survivor, and always feel a strange sort of guilt when I hear of others who lost the battle. I hope your life together was joyful and full of wonderful surprises.

  14. Rebel Says:

    Dear Cap’n Bill,

    My sincere condolences.


  15. Base Says:

    I did not know her, did see her in Harbortown,also in a rag on Brit Iron some years back, would have liked to have met her, Condolences to her people.

    Cap’n Bill,

    Condolences on the loss of your wife Francise. Lost both my folks, and some good friends to cancer,and have one in the middle of the fight right now, her name is Keri, a real good person.Her,her husband & I have riden many miles together,,,

    Respects,, Base

  16. Cap'n Bill Says:

    My wife, Frances, lost her fight last year.
    Rest in peace, Cindy

  17. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    I wish I had known her. She sounded like my kind of friend. RIP and Fuck Cancer!

    YYZ Skinhead

  18. One Eye Says:

    I saw a post on another site of her passing and was saddened. The movie “The Harbortown Bobber” has a segment featuring her. She explains how Century Cycles began and her Dad’s racing and her and Von Dutch. She shares having a Vincent in her bedroom! She seemed like a red headed, sweetheart firecracker. I agree with Junior…FUCK cancer. Rest In Peace, Cindy.

  19. Junior Says:

    Rest In Peace Cindy….Fxck Cancer! -Junior

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