As I pulled into Mavic’s parking lot with the Team Dream Tourist De France squad, we were instantly surrounded by yellow. We pulled the Peugeot 504 in next to all the modern Service Course vehicles, where there were VW Station Wagons and Sprinters all over the place, even BMW motorcycles, but nothing had the class of the little 504. So we decided to give her a rinse since she’d be leaving for the final stage of the Tour De France on the Champs-Élysées the next day. Now looking back at it, I think Mavic may have just tricked us into washing their car for them, but at the time it seemed so cool.
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Checkout this awesome interview from Albion Cycling!
Gerry Cranham didn’t take his first picture until he was 28. Born in 1929, Cranham worked as an apprentice in the aircraft industry during the war, and joined up himself soon after when a recession kicked in and jobs were scarce. He would spend the next five years working as a draughtsman, creating finely worked engineering drawings. “When I was boy I wanted to go to art school, but my parents couldn’t afford it. But I was always interested, and I used to go to the art school at Reading University in the evenings when I was an apprentice, and I picked up things there.”
Hopefully you remember Gerry Cranham from this Tom Simpson article in ProCycling!