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Raleigh: Alan Oakley

Alan Oakley is the man that gave Britain the iconic Raleigh Chopper bike. This 1980 profile finds him moving from drawing board to boardroom.

Documentary 1980 26 mins

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Alan Oakley of the Nottingham based Raleigh firm came up with the idea for the iconic Chopper, that revolutionary street bike for children that defined the 1970s, after a fact-finding tour of the USA. By 1980 Oakley was design director at TI Raleigh and ideally placed to guide us through the process of taking a wild idea and making it a reality.

Alan Oakley had a forty year career with Raleigh. His iconic Chopper was relaunched in a limited edition in 2004.