Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Paramount story part 2..see below

I told him I had to go and get a bit more cash and asked him where the nearest ATM was. He looked confused. “Bank machine” I clarified.

“Don’t know if it’s got a machine, but there’s a bank……” and he gave me directions. As I walked away he reminded me that it was Sunday and he didn’t think the bank would be open. I explained that I would use the automatic teller and he was genuinely amazed to learn that such a thing existed!

When I returned, he’d upped the price again. This time I spat the dummy and walked off. He called me back and reluctantly took my money. As I drove away, I wasn’t sure if I’d cut such a good deal after all, but I was hopeful of returning at some stage to try again.

When I got home, I began to rub the dirt off the older frame and was delighted to find the remnants of what would have originally been a spectacular hand-painted finish on a 1950’s PARAMOUNT. I hit the net to find out more but came up with - NOTHING. So I searched more broadly and discovered The Western Australian Historical Cycle Club. There was no web site, but one contact number and I rang Peter Wells.

I described the frame to him and told him about the a small remnant of a decal on the steering column (see pic). It has an Australian coat of arms, the words ‘L. Andrews’ and under that ‘……ark’. Peter and his crew are absolutely set on salvaging what remains of Western Australian bicycle heritage. He told me that the bike was likely to one customized by LES ANDREWS who had a shop in the 50’s and 60’s on Albany Highway in Victoria Park.

I later visited Peter and I’ll post some pix of his incredible collection and write more about the club in the near future.


Meantime readers, I have to make a crucial decision. Do I…..

Preserve the bike as is, find a sweet leather saddle, a set of vintage gears and put it out to pasture?

Strip the frame and have a sign-writer fully restore the original paint job? (Homage to Les Andrews)


Cut the bumps off and make the fixy of my dreams from it?

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