When I finally got around to taking it out the track last night, within about 2 minutes of being there, a guy taps me on the shoulder and says "hey, that used to be my bike!" He told me it was a Porter before he repainted it and it was made here in Vancouver, Canada. And that was about all he could remember. It was obviously just one of many many bikes he's owned in his life.
Anyway, does anyone know anything about Porter frames? I've so far read a bit about a Hugh Porter in England and a Dave Porter in New Mexico. I'd love some more information if anyone has any. Perhaps what colour these bikes used to be painted, if the builder is still around and contactable - anything really.
I came across this old thread while researching a track bike I have....Appears to an Hugh Porter frameset made by Woodrup in England, but I contacted Woodrup directly and the serial number 416T doesn't look right. this is the reply -
" I showed your photo’s to my father Stephen who built HP team frames. This all looks right for one of our frames, the only thing baffling is the frame number although at this time we built frames for lots of different people who sometimes wanted their own unique number stamping "
I wonder if anyone out there might have a Porter frame with a similar number ? Tony
Hugh Porter is a legend.
He did colour commentary on the 2014 tour of Britain. On stage 5 at about 25 minutes (on the ITV Highlights) there was a lull in the action, the helicopter panned across a Roman ruin, the play-by-play guy said; "That was probably a hotel when you were riding..." Lonnng Silence... Hugh said "I think I'll pass on that comment." Funny.
Interesting to know that it was/is possible to spec your own serial number on a custom frame. A while back there was a chrome HP track frame for sale, I never went to look, since it was too large.