Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Vern Hanaray portait

Here is a portrait of the great local rider
Vern Hanaray, as some of you may know
I have his 753 Team Raleigh which I did
a post on here.
I did this portrait for the Hastings Council
as a part of a series of art work they have
commissioned me to do, some of it can be 
found here if you might be interested.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Harry watson portrait

Here is the second portrait for my upcoming museum/display
This is the great Harry Watson in his Ravat-Dunlop team jersey
during the 1928 Tour de France.
I have Watsons last Jones Special team bike which I will 
have on display, and will also do a post on 
this blog shortly.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Phil O'Shea and Speedy museum exibit.

I have been working (slowly)on a little 
museum/display in the mezzanine floor over my workshop.
  Well maybe a homage to New Zealand cycle racers
and frame builders might be a better description.
I have curated exhibits of my collection in
several museums over the last 10 years, but just
could not continue that commitment in time and money.
So hence the permanent display, which I hope many of 
the riders I have meet and interviewed over the past
decade may come and visit.
 I intend to do several portraits of iconic New Zealand
wheel men to add a little interest to the displays.

Here is my first portrait for the display, it is of  
Phil O'Shea circa 1913.
Read all about Phil O'Shea in The Kennett Bros
book 'Wizard on Wheels' , it's a great read.
I have also been working on a pre war Speedy Cycle
road bike for the exhibit, similar to the machines that O'Shea
used when he was a Speedy team rider.
Here is the Speedy almost as I purchased it.
I was tempted to leave it as is, but it was obviously
not in original condition, so I have stripped it (thanks Neil)
and am restoring it to as close to period as possible. 
 Frame ready for a bit of attention.

Very plain head lugs, many Speedy's have a front window
cut into both head lugs.

 Accles & Pollock logo on fork head tube.

The next portrait will be of Harry Watson, 
New Zealand's first Tour De France Rider (1928).
Harry Watson, on right, in Hubert Oppermans 1928
Ravat-Dunlop Tour De France team.   

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Raleigh Panasonic and Protar model Challenge

 OK, here is my new years challenge...
I am going to restore a 1987 Raleigh Panasonic,
and at the same time build a 1:9 scale kit of the 
same bike made by Protar, sounds simple, but 
believe me, it is on.
First up, here is the Raleigh to be restored, tatty but very
original, one of the last nice production race bike's to be made
by Raleigh UK in Nottingham.
Here is what the frame should look like when finished.
And here is the box of the Protar model, the first thing you will
notice of course, is that the bike on the box art is not a 
Team Panasonic, but is infact, a low end Raleigh racer bike
of some sort, it looks like it has steel rims even.
Makes me a little nervous to open the box...
laying on top are the decals and instructions, the decals actually
look pretty good, maybe even very good, I start to feel a little 
better. I notice that the instructions have crosses through a 
number of parts, this is because Protar made several racing 
bicycle models from a 1940's Legnano, 1950's Bianchi up to 
this 1980's Panasonic kit
 All kits use the same sprues, so you only use the parts that 
are for your particular bike.
Anyway...let's look deeper...
The frame, made of metal. 
Nicely cast, and feels substantial.
As you can see, I will have to modify the seat stays, the shot
in stays of the Panasonic are one it's endearing features.
Will have to work on the lugs a  little as well.
The forks, again will need to be modified, the Panasonic's
sloping fork crown is another feature of the bike.

The stem will also need a bit of work, it looks like 
a 1960's TTT, and as we all know any self respecting Team
replica would have to have a Cinelli.
 The bars aren't really right either, but I think I 
will use them as is...can't get to carried away!
not sure I can live with those levers though...

This is the dream finish...stay tuned.