Campagnolo Support Car circa 1984
This rack is on ebay right now. (Believe it or not, it has been in my watch list for a couple of weeks) It was custom fabricated by Jimmy Flannigan, a former Campagnolo team mechanic who was working for Romic cycles. The tubing was a mix of Columbus and Reynolds, and all the dropouts were Campagnolo. This rack saw service in the Coors Classic, and a bunch of other great North American races during the 1980s.
It is around this time every year that I start to shop for a birthday present for myself. My birthday is still a few weeks away, but it never hurts to start looking. Last year I bought myself a McIntosh MC2105 power amplifier, only to find a blue Stowe criterium a couple days later; the year before that, a fully restored Tommasini Prestige.
This year? A Colin Laing frameset. As some of you may know, I detest the color purple. (purple’s the color that got Julius Caesar killed) But this frame is so hot that I just had to do it. Hetchins-like lugwork, Reynolds 531 Professional tubing, and this slick mono-stay. I’m in love.
I’ll let this be a sneak preview for now, I am too busy digging through my parts bin searching for the perfect components. I’m thinking early Campagnolo Athena or Chorus, Cinelli Criterium bars, and maroon Benotto bar tape.