The Blue Streak
"In 1960 Raleigh brought out the five or ten-speed Blue Streak to push
sales in the teenage sports enthusiast sector. Complete with twin bar
mounted bottles it certainly was popular!"
"It took the name from the UK Government
ballistic missile project that started development in 1954. Blue Streak was part of the
British effort to become the third World power in the Cold War arms race. It was a vain
attempt to construct a missile that could head East without resorting to buying Thor /
Atlas missiles off-the-shelf. Interestingly 6 years and £60m later it was abandoned - the
same year that Raleigh launched their own project "Blue Streak" (but at least it
This may be an interim model with
Raleigh head badge Charlie
Young's 1963 Gran Sport
but Carlton transfers on the down tube
Model RSW, intended to compete
Greg Parker's 1969 Professional
Competition, which used a smattering of Zeus components...
"Firebird" lady's bike
web master's 1973 model RRA, featuring mostly French components.
This is said to
have come into being as a result of a Campagnolo factory strike.
Web master's 1973 Pro Track
Larry Black's 1974 Pro
Charlie Conner's 1977 Pro
(15 picture gallery)
Mike Dempster's 1978
Professional Mk V, serial number
Hugh Thornton's 1978
Raleigh Team Pro SB3811
Reynolds 753, Original Finish - Only ridden a few hundred miles
Campagnolo Super Record Group, Cinelli Bars and Stem
Pro circa 1980s.
Photos courtesy Tony
dark blue Reynolds 753 pro bike...