Powell Quicksilver skateboard designed by George Powell and used by Stacy Peralta

Description (Brief)
The Powell Quicksilver skateboard has as a hard rock maple core, laminated with aluminum. The aluminum Tracker trucks were designed by Larry Balma and the yellow polyurethane wheels were a Powell design. George Powell designed and manufactured this board which was used by Stacy Peralta, a pro skateboarder in 1977. The Quicksilver was the first deck Powell made and was a successful design, but the rapid changing market made it "out of style" less than a year after it was introduced. According to Powell, "the quicksilver utilizes very high strength 7000 series aluminum alloy skins very low elongation, epoxied to hard maple cores to achieve the best strength to weight ratio. The result was a deck that turned quicker than a fiber flex, and was a little stronger and less resistant to breaking."
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1977
user
Peralta, Stacy
maker
Powell, George
place made
United States: California, Santa Barbara
Physical Description
black (overall color)
gray (overall color)
red (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
aluminum (overall material)
urethane (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 in x 6 1/2 in x 28 3/4 in; 10.16 cm x 16.51 cm x 73.025 cm
ID Number
1987.0738.01
accession number
1987.0738
catalog number
1987.0738.001
Credit Line
Powell Corporation thru Mr. George Powell, President
subject
Sports
skateboarding
Professional
Invention
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Skateboarding
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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