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Max Nightingale of Alpha Bearings #739595
06/23/18 7:24 pm
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Taken from the VMCC forum:

"Max Nightingale, of Alpha Bearings, sadly died suddenly on June 8th , aged 59, of an undiscovered brain tumour. He had no will or immediate dependants, and as he was sole proprietor of Alpha, the bank have frozen the company finances until ownership gets sorted out. This will eventually fall to his sister , but what happens in the meantime is anybody’s guess, with the business in the hands of the bank and solicitors.
I spoke with one of the fitters yesterday, they have a couple of weeks finishing existing orders, then they will close the doors ( hopefully temporarily ).
Not only is this the loss of a nice guy and a good engineer, but the ramifications could affect us playing around with old bikes until it gets sorted out. Very sad on many levels.
R.i.p Max"

A sad loss. Alpha were (and hopefully will remain) a huge asset the old bike community.



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Re: Max Nightingale of Alpha Bearings [Re: George Kaplan] #739617
06/23/18 11:01 pm
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Hi All,
Very Sad news indeed,
I visited Alpha on several occasions and had some very interesting conversations with Max
I have lost count of the cranks Alpha have rebuilt for my projects

Ar dheis go raibh a anam

John

Re: Max Nightingale of Alpha Bearings [Re: George Kaplan] #739866
06/25/18 8:46 pm
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Like John, i too talked to Max about bearing work, he sorted out a needle roller bearing on a cub for me, and for not much money. He was helpful and knew his stuff. Sorry to hear he has gone.

Re: Max Nightingale of Alpha Bearings [Re: George Kaplan] #740003
06/27/18 4:35 am
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sorry to hear that... truly a 'cottage industry' and a very helpful supplier. Max had sent me photos of his Ariel Square Four and advised me to change the rear brake cable orientation on mine, for safety reasons. Max was really a genuine enthusiast, supplying a great product, too

Re: Max Nightingale of Alpha Bearings [Re: George Kaplan] #741062
07/07/18 4:58 pm
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That is sad news, always found him really helpful and as people are saying if Alpha don't reopen it will leave a huge hole for enthusiasts.
When I first went we spent quite a while talking about Liverpool as we had both been to the University there though at different times,



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