[CR] Old green Gillott


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From: Mark Stevens <gillottspear@googlemail.com>
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Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 18:17:32 +0100
Subject: [CR] Old green Gillott


Hello Derek, I am pleased with the way it turned out too. The chainset and front Simplex came with a wheeless Hobbs I bought off Hilary years ago. The Hobbs is circa 47 too. The Chrome on the forks had come off and they are a mess but the frame is great so it is one of those frames that hangs around with no immediate solution to it's problems. Then the Gillott turned up. A chap had sent me photos of the '52 Connoisseur and I could see the Spear lugged seat cluster of another frame in the background. So I bought them both. It came together when Hilary offered the 47 Simplex mech on CR. That completed the gruppo so to speak. Vic Polanski gave me the Brooks seatpost minus a bolt and its hardware so that was another wee project. I had always wanted one but they were going for silly money on evilbay. The wheels are far too clean and shiny really, being a set I had built on specc in London by Sam 'The wheels' Salmon , the old Jamaican guy who worked for Holdsworths. I knew I was coming up to Scotland so had a blitz on my hub and rim stock and ended up one afternoon cycling home with 4 pairs of wheels strapped to back. That was back in 2000. The galvy spokes have dulled a bit!
      Currently in negotiations for an original TT Fleur de Lis from '52 with racing history, county records etc. Hope you are keeping well. will copy this to CR also. Mark Stevens Evanton Scotland