Nervex lug dating
The exterior of the shops was also painted brown/red with the name 'MACLEAN' in large gold letters above the windows.Because the road sloped gently downhill you had to step up into the shop. The original transfer (possibly an "off the peg" design) featured an oval, hatch in blue, grading from dark to light from top left to bottom right.There were four models on sale: A customer named G Keeley owned a Maclean 50 years ago (1940s) and remembers that Jack Lauterwasser, the great pre-war triallist, built frames at the Holloway Road workshop.
An article in dated February 26th 1994 refers to several employees - "Robert Badger worked at the shop in Upper Street in Islington and now trades as Roberts Rebuilds in Crouch End.
Pat Hanlon, who later had a shop in Bowes Roadn was their wheelbuilder".
He tried hard to get the owners to sell more lightweight equipment but his words fell on deaf ears.
Alan Macher was with 'Macs' from 1952 until they closed; he is now retired and living in Bournemouth (2004)." He continues:- "Pat Hanlon had just left when I arrived (1957) but I got to know her through Alan, who was a good friend of hers.
An undated sales catalogue describes the company as - "Specialists in building to customer's detailed specifications". premises lists an extended range based on the earlier options:- Frames - "built to your detailed specification" £:0 "Club Model no.1" £:0 "Touring Model" £:0 "Ladies Sports Model" "Club Tandem" - cross-over drive, or, double-diamond pattern if preferred.