Saturday, July 31, 2010


Looks like a late '70s paint job, fine Mixte showed they were definitely in the mix!

Also, an alleged headbadge on a Red Grand Prix, I've got to believe this has to be after the end of the 1970s, Nottingham, nicely made.


Red Grand Prix but when?? Repaint surely...

Another White RGP and post card of old motorbike RGP.

Any color you want as long as it's black?? Not quite!

During the truly triumphant years of the Raleigh Grand Prix, it is curious to see what colors they could be, the overwhelming majority yes, appear to be Blue, Blue and Blue but there are plenty in green, red, white and ?? perhaps a few in yellow too?? I won't be too critical but often, I am sorry to see these classics made into fixed gear machines but to each their own.

Check out the Red Raleigh, fresh wheels, the way they were meant to be.

Raleigh Gran Sport

The Raleigh Grand Prix has the d after gran, but with the Gran Sport, the French-like spelling was kept, hence, a 'Gran Prix' really dose make sense to call it in this fashion as this blog is named.

I believe there is good reason to think the Gran Sport and Grand Prix have very similar backgrounds.

Read about the Grand Prix at Retro-Raleighs

Sales catalog scans and more.

Heron in the Headlugs? Probably So!

A white Raleigh Grand Prix in true touring glory! Check out the leather saddle and bar tape adds a lot.

Handsome green Grand Prix with white Carlton brake hoods and Hunt/Wilde type plastic handlebar ribbon.

The famous Carlton plastic white brake hoods

Carlton Brake Hood taken off of a Raleigh Grand Prix, the other photos are close ups from a Raleigh Super Tourer including the "Tour de France winners" decal and a Stronglight chainwheel crank.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Classic Raleigh Grand Prix! True Blue!

Once, their were millions of them around, must be one of the most prolific bikes ever made and though not the greatest, a gem all the same. And of the many to grace our shores, the Blue ones were the most dominant.