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Article on Racing Relics USA mobile cycling museum

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“Racing Relics USA is a mobile cycling museum which travels  throughout the USA to exhibit bicycles - including those from race teams  - also cycling apparel and memorabilia from the past to the present.
 

A collection of bicycles that travels to major sports and cycling events  displaying cycling treasures from teams and riders names that you may  know – and some a little more obscure.
Racing Relics USA has a veteran and vintage exhibit from 1860’s  boneshaker and penny farthings bicycles through balloon tire, BMX, older  steel race bikes up to more modern aluminum and carbon machines.” 


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This is a chance for you,  when were in your home town to come out and see some racing history of teams, jerseys and riders with some added items




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Here at PEZ we decided we needed to find out more so contacted the man behind Racing Relics USA, Bi

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Here at PEZ we decided we needed to find out more so contacted the man  behind Racing Relics USA, Bill Collier by name; here’s what he had to  say:
 

PEZ: Where did the idea come from, Bill?
Bill Collier: Having a bike shop for 33 years you begin  collecting bikes. Originally I wanted to build a museum because I  started collecting antiques like pedal cars, trains, art, Native  American and Asian artifacts, soap box derby cars and toys.  But I  already had a hundred bikes and cycling was my joy. When I closed my  store of 33 years, I was going to construct a 40,000 sq. ft. building to  house the Collier's Family Childhood Museum. But it never happened,  doing it with a general contractor stealing a lot of money. So  after a couple of years I thought of putting a mobile cycling museum  together. Then as more events happened I added more items to enhance the  presentation of Racing Relics USA for a nicer display. 

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 PEZ: Tell us about the rig you use to transport the exhibition.
The trailer is a 35 footer, with tractor unit a total of 50 feet; so it  displays nicely - in the trailer are signed jerseys and bikes. Also  there are helmets, caps, bags, etc. that line the walls among the 30-50  bikes which come mainly from USA riders but also Europeans. Most are  originals but here are some replicas to fill in gaps in a team or year’s  presentation. We have a picture show outside with displays too. 

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1950's & 1960-70"s Raphael Geminiani and Eddy Mer

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EDS Team Rebecca Twigg

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 PEZ: How many bikes do you have in total?
There are about 350 or so in the collection, from 1860's boneshaker,  penny farthings, 1900's bikes, skip tooth [1” pitch transmission, ed.],  balloon tire, Whizzers [motorized bikes, ed.], BMX, Schwinn's and all  manner of road and track bikes up to the present day to. 

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Motorola bikes, Caloi's and Eddy Merckx

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 PEZ: How have you put the collection together and when did you start?
I was one of the sponsors of Team Shaklee in the era of 1989-1991, but  before that my bike shop (The Bicycle Mart) had Team Glendale, a women's  team which competed in the COOR'S Classic and Tour of Texas 1987.  Meeting riders throughout the years and with ultimately starting a  collection in mind, I bought what I could afford. 

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Frankie Andreu Motorola Team

 PEZ: What’s your favorite exhibit?
Probably my favorite would be my Roland Della Santa, he built many of  Greg Lemond’s frames - then the 1860's all wooden bikes - a boneshaker  and penny farthings; Greg LeMond’s machine; Lance Armstrong’s bike; Kent  Bostick's,  Z Team frame (which has never been built up); a pearl white  Eddy Merckx 753 with C-Record Century finnish Campy; Rebecca Twigg's pursuit bike and  Bobby Jullich’s Caloi TT rig which he shared with Lance. 

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PEZ: What’s your favorite exhibit?
Probably my favorite would be my Roland Della Santa, - he built m

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Bobby Jullich

 PEZ: What’s your favorite exhibit?
Probably my favorite would be my Roland Della Santa, - he built many of  Greg Lemond’s frames - then the 1860's all wooden bikes - a boneshaker  and penny farthings; Greg LeMond’s machine; Lance Armstrong’s bike; Kent  Bostick's Z Team frame (which has never been built up); a pearl white  Eddy Merckx 753 with C-Record Campy; Rebecca Twigg's pursuit bike and  Bobby Jullich’s Caloi TT rig which he shared with Lance. 

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Coor's Classic

 PEZ: Is it only about US riders’ bikes?
No, whilst the Racing Relics USA are mainly United States machines there  are Eddy Merckx, Peugeot, Robert Millar's Z bike and other bikes from  around the world. 

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Jersey's signed by Davis Phinney, Jeff Pierce, Bob Roll, Inga Thompson, Eric Heiden, Shawn Wallace, Frankie Andrea and a few more.

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 PEZ: How do you choose venues to display at?
I’m trying to get noticed at the larger venues where people can see the  display. Pro races as well as Grand Fondo and Century rides that don't  want me to pay to be there, it take at least a 20’ x 50’ space. The  money comes out of my pocket, the last few years I've spent too much  just because of my passion for cycling. All the time I'm hoping for a  sponsor from a bicycle manufacturer or somewhere outside the industry  but that’s into cycling. I can only go to a few shows this year but  eventually I'd like to display the whole cycling season. 

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 PEZ: Do you find former champions receptive to your approaches about provenance and authenticity?
So far I have found them to be the most enjoyable people to deal with;  they love seeing their stuff or team stuff displayed. They want to have  pictures with me and the display items because they haven't seen it  since there were on the team. And at the recent CABDA bike show in Del  Mar, California, we received a lot of compliments from fans there. There  were people there who saw it on line and drove down for hours to see  the exhibit then posted pictures of it on line. Their comments included;  ‘thanks for this;’ - ‘best thing at the show;’ - ‘thank you for showing it’ - ‘I will never be able to see this anywhere else,’ those were nice to hear. 

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 PEZ: Do you find former champions receptive to your approaches about provenance and authenticity?
So far I have found them to be the most enjoyable people to deal with;  they love seeing their stuff or team stuff displayed. They want to have  pictures with me and the display items because they haven't seen it  since there were on the team. And at the recent CABDA bike show in Del  Mar, California, we received a lot of compliments from fans there. There  were people there who saw it on line and drove down for hours to see  the exhibit then posted pictures of it on line. Their comments included;  ‘thanks for this;’ - ‘best thing at the show;’ - ‘thank you for showing it’ - ‘I will never be able to see this anywhere else,’ those were nice to hear. 

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 PEZ: Which is your favorite era?
From 1980 on-wards – it was the easy for me at the time, enjoying  cycling, being involved with riders and staff, and of course, having the  shop. 

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 PEZ: When do you do your first exhibition?
At the Tony Cruz Grand Fondo in Long Beach, California and most recently the CABDA EXPO, San Diego/Del Mar California.
 

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Built by Rolland Della Santa for the Z team.

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Made by  Roland Della Santa for Greg LeMond, for his Z Team     ( NEW )


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                     Racing Relics USA – Cycling Museum on Wheels                 
                      February 13, 2019                 
by                           Edmond Hood                      
 

Mobile Bike Museum:  We do like a bit of 'Retro' here at PEZ and the 70s, 80s and 90s were  probably the best years for artisan bikes ridden by the professionals -  Before the 'all the same' plastic bikes of today. Ed Hood heard about  'Racing Relics USA' and thought he had better find out more about the  mobile bike museum from the curator; Bill Collier.

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This is one of the pictured taken at the CADBA West event that Racing Relics USA attended in 2019 at Del Mar fairgrounds in San Diego, Ca.  These are some of Greg Lemond's and Kent Bostick's bikes and jersey's. 

PEZ has the full article on there website as listed below.

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First American Tour de France Team

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Team jersey: rider's were Kent Bostick, Greg LeMond, Kieth Verra, George Mount, Tom Primm & Pyle.