[CR]Bantel Hugh Porter road bike made by Mercian?

Example: Framebuilders:Alex Singer

Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 02:54:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: Steve Demchak <rabbickup@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Bantel Hugh Porter road bike made by Mercian?

I've got a lead on a bike that is labeled Bantel and Hugh Porter. All I know about it is that it has Dura-Ace brake calipers and and a Cyclone rear derailleur. After searching the archives, all I can figure is that the bike is probably a replica. I saw one reference to a Bantel-Mercian cyclocross team. Were the Bantel team frames made by Mercian? Does anyone know who would have made replica bikes?

When I get to look at the bike, I'll take along my Mercian for comparison.

Steve Demchak
Seattle, WA USA