Bill Thorncroft [ Brentford RC ]
on his 1952 Ephgrave Italia No LE 1918 with a SA 3-speed close
ratio gear. Indeed the frame was built for a SA with a stop on
the top tube for the outer cable from the trigger and a brazed
on boss for the pulley - both very neat.
here doing 430 miles on it in the 1953 Catford 24. Bill recently had
his 85 birthday and is still riding a rather nice Magnum Opus.
The Italia now owned by John
Yates and set up with FM rear hub, Racelite front on
26" Weinmann rims, Williams B109 chainset, Weinmann brakes
with Lytaloy levers, GB bars on Titan stem, Swallow saddle.
When the pic was taken it had mudguards [Blumells of course]
and a B17 narrow saddle
Bill Thorncroft, this time in
25 on 04/07/1948 on the Southend Road. Bill did a 1.06 and the
winner was George Fell in 59-15. People like John who rode
this course two or three decades later will marvel at the
position of the officials and the lack of vehicles