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LEGAL Q&A
This information is provided by Stephen Hattersley, of WildWood Legal, a firm of solicitors specialising in claims for injured scooterists. Stephen, a qualified solicitor for 25 years, has been riding scooters for more than 30 years, and has acted fo
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Owner Details
Name: Stephen Metcalfe (aka Nana). Job: DJ. Scooter club & town: Red Lion SC, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire. First interest in scooters: In 1982 when I was 18 years old I started drinking in a local pub where the scooter lads hung out. After that I
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Scooter Spec
Name of scooter & reason: Schizophrenic Psycho… because it is! Scooter model: GP150. Date purchased & cost: 2014 for £1800 (in bits). Inspiration for project: Love flake and always wanted a DTC. Any specialised parts or mods: The front disc, by m
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★ Star Letter ★
People seem to spend so much on tuning kits, so I thought you could do a lighthearted feature where you take a scooter and then get three or four guys who range from quite light to too heavy and see how it affects the performance over a set course. T
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Malossi VR-One Reed Valve Crankcases
The VR-One is for power purists, for those seeking to push their Vespa to the limit. This crankcase has been designed to withstand increased power and is supplied with main bearings for the flywheel side (Ø25xØ52×15) and for the drive side (Ø25xØ62×1
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Scooter Details
Name of scooter & reason: The Exorcist, it’s one of my all-time favourite films. Scooter model: Vespa PX125. Date purchased & cost: March 2020 (£300). Inspiration for project: Lockdown! Time to build & by who: Approximately six months by Spud, Jo
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MB Scooters’ Lambretta Fork Spring Compressors
MB Scooters’ upgraded fork spring compressors are based on a genuine tool. Mark of MB says: “The genuine tool was a pain to work with, scratching paint and bending. Our redeveloped item doesn’t scratch paint, it fits all links and forks and makes a s
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Opening A New Chapter
Nita Derrick has been into the scooter scene since the early 70s, and her most recent purchase is a Royal Alloy TG300. “Over the years I’ve owned plenty of scooters, and back in my early days I wasn’t particularly fond of the Lambretta Series 2. But
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Owner Details
Name: Jason Shambrook. Job: Human resources manager. Scooter club & town: Cheap Red Wine SC, Guernsey. First interest in scooters: In the mid-Eighties, a few mates had them and we used to hang about together. Great times and I still see them occas
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Featured Scooter Specifications
Scooter model: Vespa SS180. Purchase cost: Bought the frame only in 2012 for £450, but the scooter restoration plus finding the parts and rare 60s accessories over the last eight years has cost me £££££££! Scooter name: ‘You Really Got Me’ – it’s a
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Pete Quaife Vespa replica
Steve’s story begins in 1965 when he used to watch 16-year-old Mods riding their scooters to school, thinking they looked so cool and lucky enough to be able to do so. He was only 13 at the time, so wasn’t old enough to own one himself. That all cha
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Welcome To The April Edition Of Scootering
This edition marks my journey forwards into the sixth year of my tenure as editor of Scootering magazine. In late 2015, then editor, Andy Gillard, interviewed me down at the magazine head office in Horncastle. Little did I know then how ‘rough ‘n’ ra
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Owner Details
Name: Jon Goddard. Job: Plumber. Scooter club & town: Classic Nouveau. First interest in scooters: 1978. First scooter: Rally 200 in bits with no engine. First ever rally: Disc 85 or 86 (I’m getting old). How did you get there: Back of a PX. F
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Vespa T5 – The Ultimate Sport Scooter ?
Launched in Italy in 1985, but not commercially on sale in the UK until the following year, Piaggio ‘introduced’ the new PX125T5 (VNX5T), to what was their core UK market via Disc ’85 Rally at Donington Park. Vespa racer Norrie Kerr took part in the
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Bev Wakeford-brown, Rip
On February 7, 2021, Beverley Wakeford-Brown passed away. On behalf of Classic Scooterist we send our condolences to her friends and family. Better known by the scooter fraternity under her maiden name, Bev Flanagan became a force to be reckoned with
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Spanish Lambretta Turning Front Mudguard Fitting Kit
This handy kit comes from Keith Newman at K2 Customs, a one-man outfit with a reputation for producing quality custom and trick parts for your Lambretta. Keith is also known as a reputable specialist builder of the beautiful Lambretta Rallymaster rep
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Till The End Of The Day
Fast forward to early 2021 and with Steve now in possession of his new pride and joy, he wanted to show it off to fellow scooterists around the world – which is where we come into the picture. It’s a stunning and detailed restoration and a great trib
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Through the Grapevine
In 1967, the legendary Giancarlo Gori took the tuning craze to the extreme by rebuilding his race-winning Vespa 90SS and entering it in the Week of Records event at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire. It cracked 150kph in the quarter mile and accelerate
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Ever Been Kissed By A Rocker?
It was Easter 1965 just a year after the infamous Mods and Rockers invasion of Brighton. Our particular group of scooterists was a mixture of Lambretta owners ranging from 125s… right up to a GT200. Geoff was the only member of the Belmont Boys to we
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The Lambretta Chopper Book
A new book dedicated to the Lambretta chopper has just been released in aid of charity. Mainly an image-driven publication, it features many of the great custom Lambretta choppers from the 1970s onwards. Paul Muirhead, one of the people behind it all
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Return of Countdown Records
It’s the early part of the 80s and the second wave of the Mod Revival is at its most vibrant and productive. A young, entrepreneurial Eddie Piller, via his Extraordinary Sensations fanzine, has his first record label Well Suspect running. A meeting w
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Roy Cary
On February 18, 2021 Roy Cary, owner of Roy of Hornchurch, sadly passed away. During the late 1960s, he rose to fame within the scootering ranks with his legendary Royspeed tuning products and Lambretta specials. He not only employed some of the grea
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Scootering Words & Sounds
Starting life five years ago at the Music Lounge, the Get Hip club nights were set up by Mark ‘Bazza’ Barrett, a regular happening, with Mark joined on the decks by Graham Richardson and Tony Pass, with the trio serving up an intoxicating blend of fl
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Beverley Wakeford-Brown
Beverley Wakeford-Brown sadly passed away on February 7, 2021. A keen scooterist since the mid-1960s she became a member of the Bromley Innocents scooter club where she met her husband-to-be, Nev Frost. His competitive nature for scooter racing rubbe
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Malossi Dampers From VE
Obtaining the best possible road handling from a scooter doesn’t just come down to tyre choice – a well set-up performance damper also makes a dramatic difference. VE (UK) stocks a range of performance dampers by Malossi for all capacities of scooter
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Gently Does It
It’s an overused cliché but a scooter’s only original once. It may be that the sticker scheme won’t stand the test of time but I’m not alone in seeing repainting as the last resort. The ‘patina’ look originated in the Volkswagen scene and over the pa
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Basket Case
I apologise for any offence caused to ardent Vespisti but much as I love my PX its clutch is awful, and it’s not alone. Thanks to an antiquated design and some rather vague manufacturing tolerances, many PX clutches act more as an ‘on-off’ switch tha
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Owner Details
Name: Stephen King. Job: HGV/Tarmac. Scooter club: Porn Stars SC. First interest in scooters: Sometime around 1979. I was sitting in a cafe when the Quadrophenia premiere was on and loads of scooters turned up. First scooter: Lambretta GP225. Fa
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Scooter Details
Name of scooter & reason: Blind Vision. It was originally an SX200 and somebody had the vision to cut it up a long time ago! Scooter model: SX200. Inspiration for project: To put my own mark on it. Time to build & by who: Around two years by Stu D
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Your Number’s Up
In case you missed our previous warnings on this subject, here is a refresher! The DVLA has recently published notice of several changes to the regulations regarding the display of vehicle registrations in the UK, all of which have the potential to c
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