[CR]Re: Real Masi vs the American Forgeries

Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 15:37:37 -0800
From: Chuck Schmidt <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
References: <f4.1992e8c2.29e2233c@aol.com>
Subject: [CR]Re: Real Masi vs the American Forgeries

Dave Anderson wrote:
> (cut)
> I have repeatedly heard through out the late 70s on up to the late 80s: The
> Only True Masi were made in Italy at the Masi shop. The American made ones,
> were Duping Forgeries. This forum list is the only place that I have ever
> heard the opposite.

I would say what you heard in the 1970s would be the opinion of uninformed people since Faliero Masi himself came to California to oversee the setting up of the "factory" and the building of Masi Gran Criteriums. "Duping Forgeries" indeed!

Now let's get to the real scandal: Real Flying Scots vs American Forgeries! Does anyone consider the California built Flying Scots overseen by David Rattray in the early 1950s to be forgeries or the real deal. I remember hearing at the time that David couldn't wait to return to his beloved Scotland and leave this sunny, palm tree studded hellhole called SoCal.

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California "where we had a very nice Rose Bowl vintage ride and in the course of discussion had almost come up with the solution to World Peace but the ride ended too soon!"