[CR]Re: Classicrendezvous Digest, Vol 33, Issue 120

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From: <Crumpy6204@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 19:16:53 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: Classicrendezvous Digest, Vol 33, Issue 120

Major Nichols. was mentioned in a previous Digest, I got to day.my monthy newsletter from the Midland C&AC club in England, I have been a member now for 58 years!!! use to race for them in the late 40s and 50s. Obituary, Major Nichols bikes where not just the choice of champions and club riders in the Midlands, these masterpieces were to be seen across the Uk and abroad too, from the 50s through the 1980s, Nichols was a tribute to the fine engineering for which the country became famous, he probly built 2,000 bikes over the 40 years, with his top model being the Road Record Sprint. Goes on the mention that he was an electrician in heavy industry in WW2 his family in show business. served in the Royal Navy in WW2 as a gyroscopic tech, not content to to jusrt sell bikes he learnd to build them as well, he was 91 when he died in a West Bromich,Near Birmingham, nursing home. I never did buy or ride a Major Nichols bike, but had mates in the club that did, my bike of choice as a 1949 Claud Butler that I had built to my specs, finished in the club colours light blue and dark blue, single fixed it was a Road Path with track ends 531 DB luged
   etc, VERY still NO Flex!!! use it for timetrials, did a 58min 25mile in 1950 on a fine Sunday that summer came on that year!!! also rode the CB on the track and hill climbs, that I did very well on, I now have a 1951 Bates BAR in 531 Cantiflex tubing, Cigar shaped, that I was told,a way to offset the flex problem??? ALSO I have NOT heard from anyone about a Vittoria Frame. Hello anyone home??? someone MUST know something about Vittoria, Cheers John Crump OldBrit