In the late 1940s Don Farrell began working for Ivor J Clark Cycles in West Harrow which was a Mecca for keen cyclists in the west London and home counties area. Don had a workshop at the back of the shop he used for cycle repairs and some frame building with varying degrees of success.
In a way much of Dons development work was to assist his wife, Stella in her pursuit of Ladies National Distance Road Records, over the years she held 25 mile, 50 mile 100 mile records, also London to Bath, London to Brighton, 12 and 24 hour.
In the early 1950s he opened his own shop in Edgware Middlesex which enabled him to stock a much wider range of lightweight cycle components also farming out a lot of the frame building to local builders like Wally Green. The shop also stocked ski equipment and ski-wear due to Stella’s new found interest in skiing.
Once the business was really up and running Don's interest turned to motor racing. He raced an Allard sports car that he’d modified in the cellar space under his shop.
Don Farrell was never a great frame builder but in his time he was quite an influence in racing equipment circles for a range of components and technologies.
In the late 1970s he and Stella retired and moved to Cornwall.