Posted 5 years ago
This is my father's track frame.
Italian frame builder Tom Dell'Amato built it in 1963 for Malvern Star in Northcote, Melbourne.
It's made from Reynolds 531, Nervex/Reynolds lugs/ends.
It has the specific design instruction to be made for flat track racing. ...as opposed to velodrome racing. Changes the frame geometry.
22.5" top bar, 23" seat tube, 39.5" wheel base, 16.5" rear stay.14.25" forks.
Bill said it was the most stable track frame he ever rode...and i guess that's why he kept it.
In 1964 at the Wangaratta ANA Carnival in Victoria my father rode this frame to win the International Grand Prix (match race) up against 5 other riders.
Namely Sid Patterson, Jos DeBaker, Jens Sorenson, Ron Grenda and Joe Siovola. Google those boys.
In 1980 the frame was brought back to life by Rupert Bates. Apparently one of the last he worked on before he died.
As far as Bill was concerned there were only 2 blokes to paint it and Tom Wallace (Brisbane) had stopped because his eyes had gone. Rupert did this one personally because of what it was and his long association with Malvern Star he wanted to " bring it back to its former glory..."
And so it was raced for its last track season and retired.