Here’s Stuart A’s Tribute-a-ten-speed, a 1985 (Canadian) Raleigh Grand Prix done up to honor Dan Gurney and his Eagle MK 1.
I picked this up for a $20 bill last summer and ended up riding it as is for the rest of 2009. This year, I decided to overhaul it and do a spiffy new paint job in honour of the first American-built Formula One car to win a Grand Prix: The Gurney Eagle MK 1 from 1967, which won that year’s Belgian Grand Prix, driven by American Dan Gurney. (See here: 1967 Belgian Grand Prix)
This was a Canadian-built Raleigh from 1985 (Judging by the date stamp on the brake calipers).
The components I left as original were the Shimano rear derailleur, seat post, Sakae Royale handlebars, Weinmann brake levers and 730 calipers as well as the MKS pedals.
The crankset is a new Sugino XD track crank, VO headset, Brooks B-17 aged saddle and brown Brooks handlebar tape.
It really turned out better than I had hoped and hopefully there are some Formula 1 fans out there who know and appreciate just what a beautiful car inspired this. Keep up the good work, OTS. Cheers!
– Stuart, north of Toronto