I obtained the Harry Quinn bicycle whilst a member of Southport RCC., Southport, UK., and rode Time Trials and Cyclo Cross for several years prior to moving to the USA.
The year of manufacture by Harry was either 1960 or 1961. The bike was made specifically for Mike Wilkinson of Southport RCC who was the Merseyside Cyclo Cross Champion 1960/1961. Harry built this bike and gave it to Mike who represented England in France at the Martini race that year. Mike was a close friend of mine from the same village. I purchased the bike from Mike around 1964.
Frame: Serial # 1301. The frame is Reynolds 531 with Nervex Lugs and Campagnolo front and rear dropouts. The rear seat and chain stay tubes along with the front forks are 3/4 chromed. The headset Nervex lugs are also chromed. All chrome is outlined with Gold and the chrome is “Original”. The seat tubes are pencil wrapped around at the top tube lug area. Brakes: Universal Super 68, “all original calipers and levers” the hoods were replaced. Headset: Stronglight “Original”. Handlebars: GB Maes. Not original — these were given to me by Bill Bradley British National Amateur Champion. Bill said they were the bars and Campy bar end changer he used when breaking Charlie Gaul’s Grossglockner climb record. Rear Changer: Campagnolo Gran Sport with down tube changer. “Original” Front Changer: Campagnolo. “Original. Cranks/Rings: TA, W170 Pro 5 VIS with 52/48 chainrings. “All Original”. Seat Pillar: Campagnolo. Seat: Selle-San Marco Regal-Girardi Copper Rivets., not original. Wheels: Weinman/Suntour clincher set. The original wheels were Mavic/Campy with knobby tubulars and were replaced years ago for practical use reasons.
Restoration:The paint and Harry Quinn Logo’s restoration, Serial # ID was performed by Jack Kane of Jack Kane Custom Racing Bicycles, Jacksonville, NC 28540. USA.
I still ride a lot, but mainly ride my custom Jack Kane. I ride the Harry Quinn from time to time and my Bianchi Giro Road Bike. When the dirt calls my name, I ride a Cannondale R Z One Twenty Lefty mountain bike.
The gallery is below Bob jumping over a creek during a cyclo-cross race with the bike. You will notice the complete bike has slightly different components than the studio pictures. This is because Bob was searching for a couple proper components at the time the photographs were taken.