By Chris Haddon
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Contributor note: photos by way of Lyndon McNeil
Following on from My Cool Motorcyle, a party of classy scooters and the robust fraternity between scooter riders
Much greater than only a mode of shipping, the common-or-garden scooter is trendy, fashionable, and stylish. As some of the tales featured the following reveal, vendors take their scooters on wonderful adventures shape urban streets to excellent nation escapes. Taking examples from throughout diversified continents and cultures, this book explores the main iconic manufacturers of scooter, from Vespa and Prima to Cushman and Goggo. Each part covers a range of ancient info, owners' tales, and motor vehicle notes. For scooter vendors or these attracted to scooter heritage, this e-book will encourage and intrigue.
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A job and regular wage meant I could splash out on a motorbike, but still keeping one foot in the scooter scene, knowing one day I’d return. That day came in 1999, when I purchased a nearly new Vespa ET4. ‘I joined a scooter club and began using my Vespa more for leisure than for commuting. By now I fancied riding something of an earlier vintage; fortuitously, I’d kept my first Vespa tucked away in the back of my parents’ shed. The Vespa hadn’t fared too well, but by 2000 it was back on the road.
The paint and gold leaf was blasted back to bare metal and the engraving polished out. Why do this to a scooter that had, during its show days, won 50 pieces of silverware? Because I wanted to outdo its previous incarnation. ‘A scooter like mine isn’t really planned; it evolves. Nothing on the scooter was to be an off-the-shelf item, right down to the custom-engraved valve caps. There were trips back and 56 forth to the artists (Ty Lawer paintwork and Adi Clark engraving) with Rolling Stones imagery, bouncing ideas to and fro until a decision was made.
The ingenuity of the locals to keep their scooters running was amazing, yet troubling for a speculative buyer like myself when confronted by weld lines and random patchworks of metal. Only when we got as far north as Hoi An did I find a suitable machine. It was a far cry from what you see now, but beneath the kaleidoscope of paint colours appeared to be a solid scooter. I knew it wasn’t an original low-light Vespa, but nor could I confirm exactly what it was, even when crossreferencing it against photographs.