How's this for timing? Mike Howard just called me from Medici to ask if I knew where to find tooling for their very old V.A.R. framebuilding machine. Looking for reemers and cutters to use on one of the machines that Mario originally got. He tells me that they (now Simonetti Cycles) are moving from Chino to Huntington Beach to continue framebuilding there along with a retail storefront! The new location is appearently only a few blocks from the original Wizard workshop. Mike seems to have a renewed interest in the future of the operation, which is a change from the last time I spoke to him about six weeks ago.
I asked about Medici serial numbers and he said that he had most of the records. If you want info on ser. #'s call him at (909)591-5881. He doesn't have email. They will be moving very soon so you may have to call another number if you wait too long.
I also asked Mike about how Mario and Recht originally hooked up, and about the period when both Confente and Medici were in LA. Mike told me some very interesting things about the early "before my reappearance" period of Medici. I will relate this information later today, some of which alters the course of things I've specutated on. Does a lot to clarify the relationships between Mario, Recht, and Medici. Soap Opera, anyone?
La Mesa, CA
> Is there any way to determine date of manufacture of Medici frames by
> their serial numbers? Thanks!
> Jim Cole
> Memphis, TN