Thursday, February 5, 2009


Here are two English Cottons from the sixties , a Scrambler and a Road Racing Starmaker. This brand was started in 1920 and were always a small specialty manufacturer. They did have some success early on and were famous for a few I.O.M T T wins.
The last Cottons were from the mid sixties and had a dedicated following of Anglofiles. The Rotten Cotton nick name was like the Maico Breako handle, a sour grapes slur by those who wished they could be riding one. The Starmaker picturered is actually being Drag Raced as a test for Cycle World Magazine by their editor Joe Parkhurst. The Scrambler is rolling across the So Cal Dez.