You have a lovely bike, but I have a question! Flandria are famous for being the first big GT team to use Shimano, in fact Dura-Ace was specifically designed for the then Flandria team, so when did Flandria start using Campagnolo components? Looking for a Flandria myself so interested to know
Well, that's actually a pretty nice story
In the world championship in 1973, Eddy Merckx went solo in the last kilometres. The rule in the belgian team was that it was allowed to a rider to jump to another belgian who was driving in the front of the race, as long as he didn't take other riders with him. Freddy Maertens jumped to Eddy, but unfortunately Ocaña and Gimondi were able to catch his wheel and those four riders went to the finish together. Maertens started the sprint for Merckx but for unclear reasons he wasn't able to finish it and Gimondi won.
There was a lot of discussion about this incident. Flandria (Maertens) was sponsored by Shimano, Merckx by Campagnolo. Rumours said that Merckx prefered to let the title to Gimondi, who was also riding Campagnolo, instead of to a fellow Belgian.
After this incident, Flandria realised that it was better to use the principle 'can't beat them, join them' and immediately signed up with Campagnolo for the 1974 season. But, they still had a contract with Shimano for that season. The solution: two Flandria teams! One team was sponsored by Shimano and had the minor riders. This team was recognizable by the small 'flandria' letters, like on the the decals of my bike. The other team was named FLANDRIA with capital letters and was sponsored by another company called Flandria that produced washing machines. This team used Campagnolo and starred the best riders like Maertens, Demeyer, Pollentier, Godefroot,....
During this year, Flandria had a lot of problems to get licenses for big races like the Tour. From 1975, there was only one Flandria team, sponsored by Campagnolo.
So, that's the story as I recall it!