Holdsworth 'Sirocco' (truthfully a 'Whirlwind'! In 1951 this
style of lugwork was named 'Sirocco' but in 1952, in their wisdom,
Holdsworth renamed it the 'Whirlwind' and in 1953 changed the
lugwork of the 'Whirlwind' to the pattern that we are all familiar
with, so I hope I will be forgiven by all and sundry for referring to
this frame as a 'Sirocco' to differentiate it from later
'Whirlwinds'! Specification as follows:-
seat tube 23 1/2", top tube 22 1/2", wheelbase 41", head and seat
angles 72 deg. Frame no. 16293
|| 27" Constrictor Conloy 'Asp' rims on Harden
large flange 32/40 hubs
||Stronglight 49D cotterless cranks with 46/36 TA
||Chater-Lea 'T-bar' with Christophe toe clips.
||Campagnolo Gran Sport (mod. extra) rear
derailleur, French Cyclo front derailleur, Regina 14-16-18-21-24
||Le Roi 'Bartali' levers with Lytaloy callipers
'Pellisier' bars on a 4 1/4" GB '531' stem.
March/April 1952 Colin
Young took delivery of this frame through Johnny
Rankin Cycles, Newcastle upon Tyne, having had it made to
measure, paying £42 plus for the complete cycle - a
substantial amount of money in those days!