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The Gift
My music feed currently comes from two sources, depending on my mood or where I am. Spotify is the digital choice and for a tenner a month I’ve got pretty much all the music I can listen to whatever I’m doing. I can make playlists and listen to seemi
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THANKS & MENTIONS
Restoration: Disco Dez Scooters (and specifically Dez, Nathan and Jason). A big thanks to all three for an outstanding job done and for helping to source the rare accessories required; plus the enthusiasm and encouragement they showed for the project
Scootering3 min. leídosTechnology & Engineering
What Do We Think Of It So Far …?
Next time you complain about your insurance renewal, ring the broker and tell them you’re a motorcycle journalist. Sadly insurers believe that our mission to break things on your behalf extends to all aspects of our riding. Ironically I spend more ti
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A Dark Period In Scootering History
This issue brings us to an unprecedented time within the scooter scene; never before in my time as editor of Classic Scooterist have I had to deal with such a huge and sad situation. In the space of 30 days, we have lost not one, but three of the gre
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Public Order
1. Thick metal plate 2. Cork plate 3. Metal plate (cut-out) 4. Cork plate 5. Metal plate 6. Cork plate 7. Metal plate 8. Metal/cork plate 9. Circlip ■
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Sticky Situation
If asked, Mrs Stan will say that when it comes to admitting mistakes I’m always the first to hold my hand up. Then, when she’s finished laughing, she’ll tell you that I’m one of the most pig-headed people she’s ever met. However when it comes to the
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Owner Details
Name: Mark Le Gallez (aka Hillbill, The Crowman, Klutz, gramps). Job: Terrible engineer and all-round entertainer at Refco, (engineering company I work for), Vespa and Lambretta stuntman (you build ’em I’ll bend ’em), bassist for The Risk and singer
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SIP Wide Tubeless Rim For Lambretta
Finally they are available, the SIP tubeless rims for Lambretta in 2.50-10 (alongside the already known 2.10-10 sizes). No matter whether standard width (2.10) or wide (2.50) the SIP one-piece tubeless rims promote smoother running via state-of-the-a
Scootering3 min. leídosTechnology & Engineering
Coral Celebrations
It’s kind of ironic that the original date that a photo shoot for this superb example of this Guernsey-based Mk1 T5 had been arranged for ended up being rescheduled. It was an absolute necessity to rearrange the session, as owner Jason Shambrook (aka
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Scooter Spec
Name of scooter & reason: ‘Eamonn’ because like my friend, it’s smelly, makes me spend lots of money and drinks loads (of petrol). Scooter model: Vespa T5, 1988. Date purchased & cost: Purchased in 2017 for around £2000. Any specialised parts or m
Scootering6 min. leídosCrime & Violence
Mailbox
A statement from Oddballs Rally co-ordinator Vince Wooloff… “It is with a very heavy heart, but a heart that cares and wants people to feel 100% safe, that I am postponing 2021’s rally until 2022, dates TBC. The rally is set up to make as much money
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DOWN TOWN Where All The Lights Are Bright...
Along with the Armandos Special Vespa, the DTC street racer Lambretta was the ultimate street scooter for many young, rally-going Scooterboys to both lust after and aspire to. They were designed and created by Brendan ‘Maca’ McNally with his business
Scootering1 min. leídosTechnology & Engineering
Vespa GS160/SS180 Front Suspension Swingarm
Most classic scooter owners have come across a project logjam on a restoration and some have found that some parts have almost no availability. In the case of the GS160/SS180 one such item is the front suspension swingarm. On the rare occasions this
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Exploded View Of Clutch
1. Complete clutch unit 2. Thrust pad kit 3. Clutch nut 4. Thrust pad clip 5. Clutch basket 6. Clutch spring 7. Base plate 8. Centre bush (brass) 9. Washer 10. Clutch gear 11. Metal plate (thick) 12. Double-sided cork plates 1
Scootering3 min. leídosTechnology & Engineering
Bring Me Sunshine
It’s easy to believe that big horsepower engines are the exclusive domain of two-stroke tuners. In the past two decades a multitude of kits and bespoke engines have put an easy 20bhp within the reach of most enthusiasts and only slightly deeper pocke
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Retro-style Waxed Canvas Tool And Travel Bag
This item is brought to you by our very good European friends at the Scooter-Center. This is the latest in the range of soft luggage items from the Moto Nostra brand and is a waxed canvas multi-compartmental tool/travel bag. Moto Nostra states that t
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Hidden Potential
Street racers always pack a punch. Whether it’s a race replica, a tribute scooter or one with the classic endurance look, there’s always something interesting going on, and Ian Jones’ Lambretta Li150 Special is no exception. Ian describes himself as
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Reinventing the Wheel
This year marks the tenth anniversary of my association with this particular PX200. In that time we’ve shared plenty of adventures and had the usual ups and downs that are part of owning a classic scooter. The scooter was refurbished from the ground
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The Lambretta tourists
When the Lambretta was first launched it was seen as nothing more than a basic commuter vehicle to get a person from A to B. With its low-powered but economical engine, it was an ideal form of transport over short distances. As time went by, new mode
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Supernatural
Growing up in the 70s and 80s, one of Stephen Metcalfe’s (aka Nana) favourite movies was The Exorcist. The film left a lasting impression on him, and being a serial custom scooter builder it was a theme which was always on his mind. The Exorcist was
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Aftermarket Tuning Options PART 3 Vespa Cylinder Kits For 200cc Engines
Having already covered a plethora of Lambretta tuning kits in the first two instalments, this month we look at the cylinder kit options for the Vespa engine. Since the 1980s a considerable amount have been produced, many by big manufacturing companie
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Scooter Spec
Name of scooter & reason: Rusty the Spanish Stripper. Scooter model: Spanish TX200. Date purchased & cost: About 15 years ago for about £600. Inspiration for project: The scooter was originally white, then I mated her to a sidecar and used army pa
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Owner Details
Name: Gary Leatt. Job: Accountant. Scooter club & town: Jersey Royals and 79er’s Old Timers, Jersey. First interest in scooters: Watching Quadrophenia in 1982, didn’t ride one or get one until 2015. First scooter: 1997 Vespa PX125, in bits which
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We’ve Come A Long Way Together
In February 2016, I sent a message of congratulations to newly appointed editor of Scootering magazine Dan Clare, but little did I realise how his appointment would affect my own life. Within hours of sending that message, a lengthy phone call follow
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Death Of A Clown
Here’s an image that recreates the past. On the left is Kinks bass guitarist, Pete Quaife, and on the right is Steve mimicking Pete’s pose. The original image was taken at the rear of the London Astoria, an iconic music venue in Charing Cross Road.
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Setting Sons SC: 1979 – 2021
We’re not as young as we were, and ageing comes with drawbacks. I realised there would never be a better time to actually write down the history of the Sons, and while folk could actually remember what we got up to. What follows is a mixture of memor
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Rusty The Yorkshire Bean
Living by the coast has its benefits – nice sandy beaches and deep blue sea, something we all dream of. However, the salty seawater can play havoc with metal, causing it to corrode and rust at a much faster pace than normal. Imagine that happening to
Scootering1 min. leídosTechnology & Engineering
MB Scooters – Lambretta Bridge-piece Cable Tube
Mark at MB Scooters explained his reasoning behind this new part. “The clutch and gear cables come through the tight twisty part of the frame from the bridge piece to the spark plug area between the frame and choke plate. The shape for the cable to g
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Scooter Spec
Name of scooter & reason: Rusty the Yorkshire bean. It looks rusty, and it’s for my mum and dad. Mum’s from Yorkshire and Dad’s a Jerseyman, or as we’re known, ‘beans’. Scooter model: 50 Special. Date purchased & cost: May 2019, £1250. Inspiration
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Blind Vision
Stephen King was inspired into the scene when the premiere of Quadrophenia was being shown and a dozen scooters turned up at a cafe he was sat in. Since then, over the years Stephen’s owned all types of scooters and during that time he’s developed se
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