There's obviously more to the Isle of Wight than yachts and seagulls. Just out of interest, are you still adding to your collection or have you stopped now? And is there a theme or are they just bikes you like?
Firstly re "There's obviously more to the Isle of Wight than yachts and seagulls" there is Pop Festivals. http://www.cwiw.co.uk/
The original idea was to try to build up a collection of the early carbon fiber frames built in the more traditional way with round tubes, before they all disappear in these throw away days we now live in.
These early carbon frames were in my opinion groundbreaking at the time & were the forerunners to the monocoque abortions that we now see used everyday, but that’s progress I suppose.
Many of the early model alloy lugged carbon frames, used to come apart (un glued) on a fairly regular basis & they had a pretty bad reputation in the late 80’s to early 90’s. That said the TVT was probably the most used & reliable at the time & used by a lot of top professional teams & riders in those days. Even the first Look KG86 in frames in 1968 were made by TVT. That said I have had at least one TVT (that I sold brand new) come apart where the seat tube joins into the bottom bracket, all be it after a few years use.
It was only when Colnago built the Carbitubo, which was the forerunner to the iconic C40 & started to use Carbon lugs rather than alloy that carbon really came of age. (Mind you winning Paris-Roubaix also helped) & we then moved on to the monocoque frames now used. Also whilst all this was going on, Titanium the so-called wonder material came & went.
I also have a steel Colnago Master & a Kirk Magnesium
BUT the bottom line is that it’s only the frame makers & types that I personally like or think that are iconic that I collect.
Other people quite rightly have their own ideas as to what they personally think is iconic & collectable and that CAN ONLY BE A GOOD THING.
Yea I'm still adding to the collection when stuff becomes available Rich.
I’ve also got a fairly good collection of early Look clip less pedals, maybe I should photograph & put these up as well?
Hope I haven't bored the arse of you with all of this?