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Anatomy of a Photo: Campagnolo Candy Van

Anatomy of a Photo: Campagnolo Candy Van

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Every night I pray to Merckx that in the morning when I wake up I’ll have a Campagnolo Free Candy Van with a Super Dome.

And every morning, its a fresh disappointment that it didn’t come true.

This photo also serves as further evidence that Cool peaked some time around the summer of 1977.

// Anatomy of a Photo // Defining Moments // Nostalgia

  1. @markpa

    @PeakInTwoYears

    @Sauterelle

    HUGE BeBop Deluxe fan here! Bill Nelson was amazing, way ahead of his time.

    This makes me happy. The owner of the head shop slash record store who sold me their LPs in the backwoods of Oregon, USA in the mid-70s is the only other person I’ve ever heard from who has ever heard of them.

    His playing on “Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape” on Live! In the Air Age can still reduce me to tears, sentimental idiot that I am.

    So gents, do you dream in colour?

    Not only colour, but 3D. No funny glasses required.

  2. You guys have it all wrong. When it comes to the 70’s it’s all about The Band. End of. Speaking of which, I havnt watched The Last Waltz yet this year

  3. @G’rilla

    Let’s get BACK ON TOPIC.

    This photo.

    Why is there a spoiler on the front of the van?

    Why a bubble? Did riders stand up to look out the top?

    Aero deflector for the bikes promoting fuel efficiency. This would be just post Oil Crisis.

    Those big bubbles looked great for about a week and then the sun would make them opaque and cracked. We used to have smaller versions as ventilators on the buses where I used to live. One suspects that this particular bubble did nothing for the structural integrity of the van and was likely inflammable to boot. Also without air conditioning the designers of the van were committing the occupants of the van to death by heatstroke whenever the sun shone.

    Fortunately Campagnolo were and are rather better at designing cool bits for bikes.

  4. Still get the feeling that I’m on the right side of the prog rock punk split.

    FWIW The Dammed were the best but The Undertones and “Teenage Kicks” may be the best two minutes or so of music ever written – especially if one was actually a teenager in 1977.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAtUw6lxcis

  5. Oh and this’ll get you through a long dark session on the turbo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHYOXyy1ToI

  6. @G’rilla OFF TOPIC: Team photos from Sky at Tour of Oman

  7. @markpa

    @PeakInTwoYears

    @Sauterelle

    HUGE BeBop Deluxe fan here! Bill Nelson was amazing, way ahead of his time.

    This makes me happy. The owner of the head shop slash record store who sold me their LPs in the backwoods of Oregon, USA in the mid-70s is the only other person I’ve ever heard from who has ever heard of them.

    His playing on “Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape” on Live! In the Air Age can still reduce me to tears, sentimental idiot that I am.

    So gents, do you dream in colour?

    I’m not a gent.  Never was crazy about that song either.

    We need a random/no topic section here!

  8. @unversio

    Their shorts have officially reached ridiculous lengths.  Might as well wear baggies.  This season is looking to be entertaining.

  9. Half of that entertainment will probably come from the ongoing Schleck antics.  Can Andy finish a race?

  10. @Sauterelle

    Looks like a fun event. Did you see the guitars he painted? Very cool. I read that he wanted to be a painter when he was young.

  11. @DrewG

    @Pedale.Forchetta

    I like/want everything plus this buckle, 1975 circa.

    They also made commemorative belt buckles for Tullio Campagnolo’s 80th birthday…

    I could rock the one on bottom left. Its all about having the right ‘tude.

  12. @G’rilla

    Let’s get BACK ON TOPIC.

    This photo.

    Why is there a spoiler on the front of the van?

    Why a bubble? Did riders stand up to look out the top?

    My theory for the bubble. An always up, aero version of the pop up roof on the ubiquitous VW camper van. Occupants could stand up in that section while cooking or as has been pointed out, being cooked. It was probably considered space age at the time. I’m a teenager of the 70’s but I don’t recall a vehicle like this or liking much music of that era at all save a bit of punk and Queen. Then Debbie Harry and Blondie came long. Class.

  13. @frank

    I could rock the one on bottom left. Its all about having the right ‘tude.

    Can you rock it like she can?

    (Form CampyOnly)

  14. @Skip   Nothing against frank but id rather just keep the image above as it is. +1

  15. Wow…riding Campa doesn’t guarantee that you have style in any other regard.

    http://www.campyonly.com/

    Or maybe they designed the site in 1995 and haven’t touched it since?

  16. The guy in the orange with the white cap. Definition of “casually deliberate.”

  17. @G’rilla

    Wow…riding Campa doesn’t guarantee that you have style in any other regard.

    http://www.campyonly.com/

    Or maybe they designed the site in 1995 and haven’t touched it since?

    Did the “Adventures of Groovy Boy” give it away?

  18. @frank

    Exhibit C

  19. there was a time when campy was the only thing hat worked. and it worked for years and years. and it was beautiful. it had true class.

  20. @brett

    @minion

    Thanks Christ for you guys. Every time I start feeling old, you make me realise I’m not as fucking old as the rest of you…

    Or as cool. Or strong. It must suck getting your ass handed to you by old guys all the time… probably why you moved to Aus.

    Ouch. Either my memory is going or you’re fucking delusional – and since you’re older than rocks I’m gonna put my money on the second one.

  21. It’s very not rock’n’roll but as a 10 year old in Australia in 1976 everyone had ABBA’s album Arrival.

    900,000 sales in country with 4.1 million households.

    I tried explaining this to my wife but it wasn’t until she visited and heard ABBA tracks on a constant loop in supermarkets, malls, elevators etc that she came to understand their god-like status.

  22. @ChrisO

    It’s very not rock’n’roll but as a 10 year old in Australia in 1976 everyone had ABBA’s album Arrival.

    900,000 sales in country with 4.1 million households.

    I tried explaining this to my wife but it wasn’t until she visited and heard ABBA tracks on a constant loop in supermarkets, malls, elevators etc that she came to understand their god-like status.

    I remember the movie!

  23. Its not right to celebrate the 70’s without mentioning Bon. Nearly 33 years to the day. Ride On:

  24. Since this thread is all over the place, check out what Hubble found.  The V has gone galactic:

  25. A year earlier, 1976 was an Olympic year.  The racing season entailed a series of Olympic qualifying races that Bill attended in that Campagnolo station wagon we saw in pictures in an earlier post.

    Prior to the start at the Berkeley Hills RR my buddy comes back from the station wagon, “Bill went over my derailers and made sure everything was adjusted right.”  I was like, “really?!”

  26. @Jim  – Bill was in and out of Boulder a lot in those days (Red Zinger etc). I went to a party he was at once and met the guy but don’t remember all that much more about it or him (it WAS the ’70’s, if ya know what I mean).

  27. @Harminator

    Its not right to celebrate the 70″²s without mentioning Bon. Nearly 33 years to the day. Ride On:

    From Kirriemuir he was – “the self styled flu capital of Scotland”

  28. @the Engine@Harminator@ChrisO Surely this was the perfect antidote to Abba for a ten year old in Australia in ’76.

    It was my first album and there are still bits of it that’ll lift a hair or two on the back of my neck.

  29. @ PeakInTwoYears

    Love Neil Young. Still don’t quite get why people are so in love with hating Santana. Is it some sort of “I’m not gay” thing?

    I don’t know about anyone else, but for me its just that all he does is play leads over songs non-stop. We get it. Play a chord occasionally.

  30. @G’rilla

    Let’s get BACK ON TOPIC.

    This photo.

    Why is there a spoiler on the front of the van?

    Why a bubble? Did riders stand up to look out the top?

    Was the spoiler to deflect the airflow over the bubble to prevent it collapsing into the van at speed which would have displace the air inside the van with sufficient force to pop the windscreen and windows out?

  31. @Chris
    The spoiler is just there to throw the Shimano guys off track.

    Note Mr brown slacks – that’s the Shimano R & D guy heading over to take some snaps of it.

    That spoiler is what caused Shimano to resolve to only ever compete with Campag on price – because they could never match on cool.

  32. @Chris

    @the Engine, @Harminator, @ChrisO Surely this was the perfect antidote to Abba for a ten year old in Australia in ’76.

    It was my first album and there are still bits of it that’ll lift a hair or two on the back of my neck.

    I got several chills looking on youtube for a live clip of Ride On. Couldn’t find one but there’s plenty of other gold on there. Some of the stadiums shows they played in the late 70’s look insane. USA, Europe, Australia. So raw.

  33. What a sweet ride. I suppose every decade can claim coolness on some level but the 70’s is clearly the peak. Take the the Campy Candy Van for instance. That aint happenning in 1987 or 1965 or 2002 Because that is a 70’s Chevy Van. 1000’s of tricked out vans roamed the streets then sporting shag carpet and blaring 8 track music. If you were alive during that time you know what i’m saying. If you were born post 70’s watch some Scooby Doo to get the Vibe. Now that van probably wasn’t as much fun as your big brother’s Good Times Van (unless you were a bike nerd) but damn it looks good.

    if we’re talking music, its a no brainer. The 70’s was  so talent rich. The list of kick ass bands is long but Led Zep was the shizzle through the decade With 1977 being their biggest, baddest tour.

  34. @frank Ahah! I’m too into the club!

  35. Love it!

    in what can only be described as a huge coincidence I was on the M6 yesterday near Preston and we passed a lovely old VW panel van painted up with Campag logos. Very nice indeed!

  36. @Chris

    @the Engine, @Harminator, @ChrisO Surely this was the perfect antidote to Abba for a ten year old in Australia in ’76.

    It was my first album and there are still bits of it that’ll lift a hair or two on the back of my neck.

    Nah – us young things were in to the Pistols, The Dammed, The Undertones, the Banshees and of course the mighty SLF. Went to see the latter in 1979 – still one of the finest things I ever saw. Mind you Blondie weren’t bad.

  37. @El Mateo

    What a sweet ride. I suppose every decade can claim coolness on some level but the 70″²s is clearly the peak. Take the the Campy Candy Van for instance. That aint happenning in 1987 or 1965 or 2002 Because that is a 70″²s Chevy Van. 1000″²s of tricked out vans roamed the streets then sporting shag carpet and blaring 8 track music. If you were alive during that time you know what i’m saying. If you were born post 70″²s watch some Scooby Doo to get the Vibe. Now that van probably wasn’t as much fun as your big brother’s Good Times Van (unless you were a bike nerd) but damn it looks good.

    if we’re talking music, its a no brainer. The 70″²s was so talent rich. The list of kick ass bands is long but Led Zep was the shizzle through the decade With 1977 being their biggest, baddest tour.

    Although it was the decade of flairs…

  38. @the Engine You have to remember that I’m quite a bit younger than you, gramps. I think it was 1979 or thereabouts when I got high voltage, I would have been 9.

    The whole punk thing didn’t really make quite such an impact in Hong Kong, certainly not on a 6-7 year old although I do remember my granny being very anti punk when I was in the UK in 1977.

  39. @Chris

    @the Engine You have to remember that I’m quite a bit younger than you, gramps. I think it was 1979 or thereabouts when I got high voltage, I would have been 9.

    The whole punk thing didn’t really make quite such an impact in Hong Kong, certainly not on a 6-7 year old although I do remember my granny being very anti punk when I was in the UK in 1977.

    What…speak up man.

    Why in my day we wore nylon underpants and Drip-Dry shirts – that’s how hard we were.

  40. That extra large USCF decal on the side of the Campy Candy Van would be awesome to have.

  41. @TBONE

    You can keep the van, I much prefer the station wagon.

    But if I had to have a van, I’d have a lady, on a cliff, with a giant fucking laser gun, and she’d sort of be…protecting.

    http://www.michaeldowse.com/media/fubar_van.mov

    Clogs.  Perfect execution of Rule #80. Chapeau.

  42. Spotted yesterday in Syracuse, NY…

    A Kia.

  43. @Page The porn star in clogs may be the epitome of casually deliberate but the guy in the back seat looks shady beyond words.

  44. Did the Candy Van have a window on the other side selling Record hubs & Delta brakes?

    “High Voltage” was my second album, right on the heels of “Licensed to Ill.” Having an older brother brings some good things into your life!

  45. @Ron Oddly enough “Licensed to Ill” was my first CD. The lad I shared a study with at school sold everything we and everybody else in the house owned to buy a CD player. Happy days.

  46. @Chris I remember just about every V0Dubya in the UK being missing its front badge around this time.  Personally my favourite was

  47. @Deakus

    Sheer Gold the stutter rap MM & the M’s!

  48. @ Frank

    You sir have given me a vision of love with that Campy Van. The sikest of siks it’s now in the cemetary! If I saweth that van I would maketh like the bricks and have that shit jacked in a minute, I would gladly do jail time as a serious Campophile to have the goodies that lie there in however that Buick Station wagon is a close second on the hitlist. Should old mate in the pic turneth his back for a moment it would be gone as well. Imagine those 2 vehicles sitting in ones drive way!

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