I got a wee buzz when I checked out your replies there! Thanks. Its not a nostalgic thing in the least for me - I am looking forward to trying some new tubs with kevlar, vectran or SiO2 or whatever they've got going.
I am with you on the Veloflex thing - I reckon the same - just some of the pros tubs are getting rebadged as 'Specialized' and even 'Michelin' - who don't even make a tub as far as I know.
Anyway, I'll be interested to hear about the Giros as these are bargain basement and cant be THAT bad - can they? Continentals factory looks pretty high-tech to me anyway.
PS: I got a blow-out earlier 200yrds from the house on a Vittoria Rubino Pro clincher and it came off the rim! In the rain, right at a works entrance with mud flying off the truck tyres and.....well, that'll teach me to mention fl*ts. I reckon with my old sprints I could have continued the 30mile run without even having to blow it up and it wouldnt have come off. Indurain style.