Feature Scooters

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

26 June 2014

“Life is like a box of chocolates,” began Forrest in a southern states drawl, to which I can follow, “so are scooters” – all different flavours and often full of surprises too.

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Flamebreather (Keeps on Burning)

22 May 2014.

Owner Andy is 49, originally from Lichfield but now lives in Widnes, Cheshire and is a member of Phase 3 Warrington and District Scooter Club. He has been involved in the scene since the late 70s, riding his own scooter to rallies since 1982. With this in mind I thought it would be interesting to delve deeper into the psyche of a scooter builder, looking into the pitfalls he has come across and the advice he would give to a prospective novice.

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Green Hornet

1 May 2014.

At last year’s scooter shootout, Tony O’Brien achieved an impressive 106.6mph top speed on his little Vespa 90SS. In March of this year there was a Top Speed event, again held at Elvington, which was temptation enough to get Tony back up to Yorkshire to try and beat his previous best.

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Gillette: The best a man can get

1 May 2014.

The smooth flowing lines of a full-bodied Lambretta GP are perfect as the canvas for a tasty street racer. Talking of smooth, you can’t beat a good razor to get rid of last night’s stubble either…

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Maroon Machine

27 March 2014.

The scooter you see here gets its name and theme from the British Army’s Parachute Regiment and its distinctive head-wear.

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Martini Gold

27 March 2014.

For many, the stereotypical image of ‘perfected Mod machinery’ is forever cemented as that of Sting’s mount in Quadrophenia. Railing against that opinion however, this Vespa GS VS5 is a study in the concept of ‘less is more’ and is actually probably closer to the authentic look of an early 1960s peacock chariot.

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1958 Vespa GS 150 VS4

27 February 2014.

“I love Italian food, I holiday in Italy, I even married an Italian.” Given her self-confessed obsession with all things Italian, it’s hardly a surprise that Toni Bonsignore owns and rides a neat vintage Vespa too.

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To Think This Is England

27 February 2014.

Owned by Eddie Haardiman, this scooter is mainly based upon the UK miners’ strike of 1984/85. This saw a major struggle between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the ruling Conservative Government of the time led by the infamous Maggie Thatcher.

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Start Me Up

23 January 2014.

Sometimes in life your biggest challenges are the ones you present yourself, like hunting down your old scooter to buy it back, only to strip it down completely and build a show-winning custom from bare metal up.

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When is a Rally 200 not a Rally 200?

23 January 2014.

At first glance this scooter looks like a tidy Vespa Rally 200. Indeed the first time Barrie saw it at the SIP custom show back in April last year he gave it only a cursory look and moved on. If only he’d known…

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Current Issue: July 2014

Issue July 2014

Including Scooter Trader
♦ Aston Martin inspired Lambretta SX200
♦ Win a Reevu crash helmet
♦ Piaggio MP3 500
♦ Touring the Balkans on a Vespa Primavera 25
♦ Rare pioneer Unibus scooter
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