c1966 Viking World Champion – SN 185553

1966/7 Viking World Champion

Comments:

The Viking World Champion name was introduced in 1964, but the bicycle was basically a carry-over “Twenty-Five” model.  To quote from the 1964 brochure: “The World Champion frameset is similar in all respects to last year’s Twenty-Five Model, re-named because it was selected and ridden to victory by at least one World Champion in 1963″.  I am really looking for someone to tell me who it was.  Beryl Burton?  Hugh Porter was National Pursuit Champion in 1963, but still a long way from being World Champion: he is photographed riding a Viking as an amateur.

The frame is like a track equivalent of the top-of-the-line Viking Severn Valley frame, being made of Reynolds 531 butted tubing with Nervex Professional lugs, but with track geometry, track dropouts and round section fork blades.  Note that the dropouts have mudguard attaching eyes because of the popularity of these frames for use on the road and especially shorter distance time-trials.

Owner:  Alan Hughes

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1966/7 Viking World Champion

 

1966/7 Viking World Champion