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Geoff Clark - 1952/3
Owned by: Derek Browne
The early frames were built by a chap called Sunter who learned his craft from Jack Briggs of Ellis Briggs. Because Geoff Clark was one of the top B.L.R.C. riders (He was one of the 14 founder members of the "League in 1943) many of the local "League" boys rode his frames. Phil Ellison used this frame to win the Telegraph & Argus sponsored 3-Day Race in 1955 and also used it to win the Yorkshire "Div" Champs, before turning Independant for Ellis Briggs.
Phil Ellison who had the frame built says he started racing on the frame when he was a junior i.e.sixteen years old. This would be in 1953, and he remembers Geoff and his frame builder working on the frame over the winter of 1952/3. This makes me wonder if the frame no.142 means the 14th frame built in the year of 1952. I have re-searched Geoffs racing career, and in the 1950 Brighton to Glasgow stage race, his profession is given as Automobile Electrician, so the earliest he could have set up his cycle shop must have been 1951? It is proving very hard to find anyone who knows the exact date,
Geoff Clark was, apart from being one of the pioneers of the "League", one of the best riders of his era. He was one of the competitors in the 1st road race to be run on open roads in England. The Llangollen to Wolverhampton in 1942 and was the winner of the 1948 Brighton - to Glasgow. He would have won the Tour of Poland but crashed badly whilst wearing the leaders jersey with 2 days remaining.
According to Ken Russell, Geoff was natural stage rider who got stonger the longer the race went on. Off the bike he was a gentle caring person, he is in now, in his late 80s.
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