Classic Lightweights UK
Holdsworth Italia Professional - 1967
Owned by Rhys Kift
Built in the Putney shop by master frame builder Reg Collard for Bob Addy, this actual frame was the first frame ever finished in the iconic orange and blue.
Bob rode this bike in the 1967 and 1968 seasons and highlights included being in the winning breakaway at the '67 World Pro Road Race in Holland (See image below with Merckx)
He Completed 11 stages of the '68 Tour de France (See image below of Bob being hosed down!) on the bike as part of the British Pro Team before injury forced retirement from the event. At the end of the 1968 season the bike was relegated to a spare until sold by the Putney shop to a local amateur rider in the mid 70s.
Richard Brodrick (Holdsworth Team mechanic from 1967 to 1972) bought the frame from the 'local amateur rider' and restored it to the original specification as ridden by Mr Addy. The respray was by Mario Vaz who mixed up the original shop orange not the brighter factory Holdsworthy colour!
I bought this bicycle on Saturday (25/05/13) from Brod and intend to partake in the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris on it.
Left: Head lug and Universal brake hanger with quick release
Right: Seat cluster with 'hefty' wrap-over
Bob Addy being hosed down by spectators in the 1968 Tour de France
Bob Addy in fourth place with Eddie Merckx on his wheel,
1967 World Professional Road Race
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