I have recently purchased what I have been told is a 1968 Sid Mottram track frame. The original owner has told me some details about the frame but I'm looking to try and confirm a few things. Specifically it's age and if it is indeed a Mercian built frame.
So, I've been told that the original owner bought the frame in 1973 from Sid Mottram's, in Leicester. It was originally owned by a chap called Steve Emberson who raced at the Safron Lane track. Googling the name hasn't give me anything useful so far.
The frame number, stamped on the BB shell, is 8679. Everything I've read about Mercian frame numbers says that either the first two or last two digits of a Mercian frame number are the year. So here in lies the confusion, as to me this frame number either suggests a 1986 or 1979 frame! Unless Mercian used a different numbering system for frames built for other companies perhaps?
So, some photos
Some more photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/casa-steve ... 826062047/
I'd really love any information or thoughts on this frame! Thanks in advance