Re: [CR]Unknown KOF's


Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 17:31:59 +0000 (GMT)
From: Michael Butler <pariscycles@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: [CR]Unknown KOF's
To: Brandon Ives <brandon@ivycycles.com>
In-Reply-To: <68AB8750-91AE-11DA-B8B9-00039356BD92@ivycycles.com>
cc: CR Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>

Think the following statement might be proved to be incorrect. "

"Partrick 753 certification was nothing more than marketing hype. I doubt Raleigh, Peugeot, or any of the other BIG names had any real apprenticeship program, they mainly wanted workers who could work on an assembly line and braze 100 forks a day. I think most guys who came up wanting to be builders apprenticed at the smaller to middling sized shops".

I think you will find until Derby Industries and a well known venture capitalist both American got their hands on Raleigh and raped it they had previousely a very good apprentice scheme. High value Nottingham property prices, asset stripping and cheap Vietnamese labour put pay to Raleigh. Interesting Radio documentary on Raleigh at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/features/2002/11/raleigh_past_and_present.shtml

Thats all for now. Keep those wheels spinning, in your memories if not still on the road. Be lucky Mick Butler Huntingdon UK.