Donhou Bicycles Don Player Special

Donhou Bicycles Don Player Special

During the late 70s and early 80s, abhorrent as it seems these days, cigarette sponsorship of Formula One teams, and their vibrant colorways, added to their legend-status. One of the most iconic liveries of the paddock was that of the John Player Special-sponsored Team Lotus cars. For those of us old enough to remember that era and the sound of their engines, the colors of the tobacco teams conjure up memories of a time before passion for speed became sterilized. The latest frame from Tom Donhou embodies that period, dressed immaculately in the JPS colors of black and gold.

The Team Lotus 77 and 78 cars were as British as the Union Jack and the Donhou Bicycles ‘Don Player Special’ (the title coined by the owner, Ian Vince) is no less a Briton. The frame is constructed from Reynolds 853 Pro Team tubing, married to a custom machined bi-laminated 44mm head tube. The DPS bike bears the same air of luxury as the JPS brand, with color-matched leather upholstery by Australia’s Busyman Bicycles, an ENVE 2.0 fork, Chris King InSet headset, Thomson hardware and 11-speed Campagnolo Chorus group set. Move over Gulf Oil, there’s a new Player on the road.

Donhou Bicycles Don Player Special
Donhou Bicycles Don Player Special
Donhou Bicycles Don Player Special
Donhou Bicycles Don Player Special
Donhou Bicycles Don Player Special

  • lungchin

    what are those QRs?- and who makes that anti chain drop thing?

  • Ian Vince

    Lungchin, I’m not sure about the QR as the wheels were borrowed for Bespoked Bristol (she usually runs on HED Ardennes). The chain catcher is a K-Edge

  • itsmefool

    Love an F1 link…nice job! These tribute topcoats often seem overdone to me, but Tom nailed it.

  • Paul Tateosian

    This bike is absolute dynamite

  • ctjr

    Very nice. More Chorus and less Dura Ace 9000, cycleexif, far better on the eyes!

  • They look like Token TK480M Skewers to me.