Re: [CR]Epitome Of Bilaminated Frames JPEGS


From: "Mick Butler" <pariscyclesuk@hotmail.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Epitome Of Bilaminated Frames JPEGS
Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 08:25:30 +0000


No I cant imagine a British saloon or sports car with these embellishments. But I can a 1950's Cadillac, Plymouth, De Soto or Corvette with them. This was one of the fashions of the time. Hetchins carried on right through the years with fancy frames and made a nice little earner out of it. He would never had survived producing stock lug Nervex or Prugnat frames.

Best wishes and be lucky. Michael Butler Huntingdon UK.


>From: "P.C. Kohler" <kohl57@starpower.net>
>To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>, <airart4@juno.com>
>Subject: Re: [CR]Epitome Of Bilaminated Frames JPEGS
>Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 21:41:27 -0400
>
>My god... they really do look like French frilly knickers!
>
>I know they are hallmark of bespoke British framemaking, etc. etc. and I
>have followed this fascinating thread with great interest, but I must
>confess the aesthetic appeal of these ornate lugs simply escapes me. I
>regard these frames as wonders of 1950s-60s craftsmanship and technology.
>Yet they resemble early Victorian industrial revolution technology which
>sought to camouflage their very modernity with ornate, fussy artiface. They
>look like early Singer sewing machines to me. Can you imagine a 1950s or
>1960s sportscar with such retrograde aesthetics? Like an E-Type with faux
>wood side panels. Or a VC-10 with faux canvas wing covering.
>
>Peter Kohler
>Washington DC USA