Published April 2009 Vol. 13 Issue 3
by Gretchen Crowe
If you ever heard the music of drivin’ sideways, one-time Friday night house band at the Great Divide, you might have heard the singing of Dale Harbour. Originally from Ogden, Utah, just north of Salt Lake City, Dale is an accomplished singer, especially in historic Delta blues and classic rock n’ roll.
For 23 years, Dale drove a truck in a seven state area and spent his free time not only in his band, but with his other passion, working on cars and motorcycles. From Falcons to old Fords to Harleys, Dale knows how to fix, restore or customize. He says, “I can get an old, rusty motor up and running great in a weekend’s time.” He also combined those welding skills with his artistic side making lawn sculptures.
A couple of years ago, Dale’s life changed. He was hit by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle. Almost losing his left arm, Dale has fought step by step to recover from his accident. He lost his job because of the accident, and ultimately his home. But, Dale isn’t about loss. He walked into the Denver VOICE with a need to make a little money, and he quickly became a friend and mentor for the program. His dignity and ethical approach have spread to his friends and other vendors, reflecting what he calls, “true American values.”
When asked about his future, Dale’s first step is to secure housing. He then said his ultimate dream would be to open a custom chopper shop, as he added with a chuckle, “that’s if there’s enough room in the market for yet another chopper shop.”•