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@pete_mcc took the chequered flag in June's competition with his gorgeous Formula 1. Pete's entry was a true Retrobike team effort, with skilled assistance provided by some resourceful forum members. You can read the full story of the build here and see the full list of entrants and results here We saw 22 bikes entered (may have to revert back to the 20 entries max if this trend continues!) but when the poll closed it was the F1 on top of the podium, spraying virtual Ferrari Trento over the crowd! Congrat's Pete 🏁
Roy's Toad was the convincing winner of the hotly contested Canadian Special competition, securing over 18% of the votes. Off Road Toads, the Canadian built brainchild of Rod Kirkham, are high up on the wish list of many collectors but they are rarely seen on the open market. This fillet brazed beauty is built up with some of the most desirable parts of the era and is a well deserved winner in the impressive 20 strong field.
That's two for two in 2024 for @markjohnson76, this time with his 1989 Roberts Phantom. Picked up locally, for not much more than a song, Mark had the frame, in all its Columbus Max OR beauty, and a Zinn fork refinished by the Vaz brothers, Winston and Mario, who both worked for Roberts previously. Winston confirmed that he built this frame back in 1989, so who better to carry out the work! You can check out the before and after pics in this thread and see the full line-up in the poll thread. Congrat's Mark!
Big congratulation to @staffy for holding off @racecarjohnny's Brave and crossing the line in top spot. Do check out his build thread where you can see the significant transformation take place. Other might have sent it to the scrap heap, so hats of to Staffy for taking on the challenge. Here's the completed build, followed by a before shot. You can see the other entries and the poll results here and here.
Jim's meticulous rebuild of Don Myrah's 1990 Fat Chance race bike took the crown for December. The frame has all kinds of little features that you'd hope for from a team rider's bike, and was a truly bespoke frame. Here's a pic of the finished article, followed by on old image of Don, astride the actual bike, alongside Ned "The Lung" Overend. Here's a link to Jim's full build thread, where you can see the bare frame as acquired https://www.retrobike.co.uk/threads/the-myrah-fat-chance-is-done.430458/page-4
November was an 'Amnesty Special', where people got another chance to enter a bike that had tried, and failed, previously. If you take look at the line-up you'll probably be surprised that many of them hadn't already won; a testament to the standard of bikes on the site. We got a bumper crop of 27 entries but, as usual, there can be only one. @My_Teenage_Self took the crown with his 1994 Lotus, kitted out with a Pace fork and an XTR groupset. Almost 30 years ago this was a real head turner, and nothing much has changed!
@Spaltinho's Grove came out on top of a 14 strong field this month, with 18% of the votes. You can read more about the bike in the build thread, where you can also see a Grove X frame, with an amazing glow in the dark paint finish. You can check out the full list of entries in the poll thread. To read more about Bill Grove and Grove Innovations check out this excellent post on forum member @mkozaczek's Second Spin Cycles blog
It was great to see something a little less well known take the win for July. @Si_33's Moulton came out on top of a small but strong field, which included a Yeti Ultimate, a Mountain Goat Whiskeytown Racer and a Klein Attitude, to name just a few. The AM-ATB raked in over 21% of the votes, which is no mean feat. You can read more about the bike in Simon's build thread here and can see all the bikes entered this month on the poll thread. Dan Farrell, Moulton's technical lead, talks a little about the AM-ATB in an interesting post on the blog of The Traditional Cycle Shop back in 2017.
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