[CR]Hobbs of Barbican

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From: "Thomas Rawson" <twrawson@worldnet.att.net>
To: <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>, <brucerobbins@supanet.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 18:09:57 -0800
Subject: [CR]Hobbs of Barbican

Are the lugs on the 36 Continental, Chater Lee internal bearing lugs that have been carved up?

Believe Flash was pretty even handed when he wrote:

"Very early production, from the 1930s to 1949, used standard lug blanks supplied by Chater Lea and modified (cut, filed, drilled, etc.) by Hetchins (Jack Denny or whoever). These were the same lug blanks as used by many other frame builders at the time. An early Hetchins looks much like an early Bates, as far as lugs are concerned. I shall call this the first period. (Not that Hetchin himself would have called it that; it has only a didactic significance in retrospect.)"

Hobbs wasnt specifically mentioned but "many other frame builders" could cover them. Point there was early fancy lugs were carve ups of standard bought lugs. Latin Series were indeed more ornate.

Sure not confusing any of these with Halle Berry or Dolly Parton. Long cold winters in Dundee?

Tom Rawson
Oaklnad, CA