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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:36 pm 
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Brian was 80 this year and the business was recently sold on. Jason Rourke is still building frames though. I’ll ask Brian when I see him and update the thread if I can find anything out


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:26 pm 
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I reckon this one is a Mercian built frame. I don't think George Longstaff was building frames this early on? I also reckon that if it is one of Les's then the fittings are not original to Les. He was riding Campag etc. in his amateur days, well post-Gnutti, and he tended to use Mafac centre-pulls too.


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This frame looks pre Campagnolo chainset. I guess could be 1955/6.

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keithglos wrote:
This frame looks pre Campagnolo chainset. I guess could be 1955/6.

Keith


Possibly to early for Les? Unless of course he bought it 2nd hand. I first remember him racing as an amateur around '63/64 when I saw him at the Mid Shropshire Whs Easter Road race near Shrewsbury. He was away in a 2-man break with a young upstart by the name of Doug Dailey who beat Les in the sprint. They were several minutes up on the field - and both went on the greater things! Later I raced against Les (and Brian Rourke) at the Newcastle-under-Lyme track league (organised and run by Roy Swinnerton and a local team of officials - not forgetting Doris!) and have re-acquainted with Les and Brian in recent years at reunion dinners. A pair of nice unassuming blokes as are many of my boyhood heroes that I've met in later life.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:47 am 
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Frank Herety also built frames for them on occasions as his daughter married one of the Swinnertons. Frame ser# will have FH somewhere on the bb.


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