[CR]Viking in the Tour of Britain - now Viking marketing


From: "Peter Brown" <peterg.brown@ntlworld.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 22:21:15 +0100
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cc: Hughethornton@aol.com
Subject: [CR]Viking in the Tour of Britain - now Viking marketing

Hugh Thornton wrote:

While on the subject of Viking, does anyone know whether made-to-measure

Professional framesets were generally marketed? I always thought that the

Severn Valley was the pinnacle of the range, but when speaking to someone riding

what I thought was a Severn Valley, fully Campy Record equipped, he told me

that it was a custom made Professional. I have never seen any contemporary

Viking advertising offering a custom framebuilding service and so was wondering

whether they were only offered rather selectively.

Hugh Thornton

Cheshire, England

I can’t answer your question about custom built Vikings, but I can tell you that post 1952 the Severn Valley was not top of the range. That honour went to the Tour of Britain model, based on the 51 Ian Steele winning bike. One was offered on ebay a few weeks ago by a UK seller, and to my surprise did not sell. It can still be seen at item number 200126536041. You can also see my 53 Tour of Britain frame at http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/peter_brown/brownp/Viking/ .

In the November 1955 price list the Tour of Britain model was £48/19/6, while what was known as the Clubmaster Severn Valley was £37/19/6. The Trackmaster, which is where this thread started, was £42/19/6.

Peter brown, Lincolnshire, England