Referring to those vintage mudguards was more of a joke, I mostly agree, looking at those it really does seem Mason copied the Trek, who maybe took inspiration from that English. Maybe I wasn't taking this seriously enough as I don't like the idea of a front rack on a bike like those that much. Though the idea of a rack made to fit a round drybag or maybe a tent is interesting.
But I can not refrain from pointing out that the Trek basically looks like a Helkama Helsinki
And those racks look a lot like those of Nextbike
Yeah not even remotely the same thing but amusing that it's so similar. Like the public bike share bikes that have bars that look a bit like Jones loop bars.