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Anatomy of a Photo: Campagnolo Candy Van

Anatomy of a Photo: Campagnolo Candy Van

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  1. 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?!”

  2. @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).

  3. @Harminator

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

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

  4. @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.

  5. @ 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.

  6. @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?

  7. @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.

  8. @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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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!

  12. @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.

  13. @El Mateo

    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.

    Although it was the decade of flairs…

  14. @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.

  15. @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.

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

  17. @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.

  18. Spotted yesterday in Syracuse, NY…

    A Kia.

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

  20. 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!

  21. @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.

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

  23. @Deakus

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

  24. @ 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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