ScooterNova at Teignmouth

This weekend the South West Scooter Clubs host their first rally of the year at sunny Teignmouth in Devon.

Based at the Devon Valley Holiday Village weekend entry for the event will be £20 (pay on the door when getting your accommodation). Onsite accommodation was mostly booked in advance but recently one or two places became available if you still want to try your luck (call 01626 871400).

The Traders’ Market takes place on Saturday between 9am and 4pm so be sure to visit the SWSC stall where you will find rally pin badges, patches and T-shirts plus the latest edition of ScooterNova magazine too. There will also be some previous editions, a few stickers and of course you can renew your subscription there as well.

A Strictly Over 18s event with numbers limited to 750, bands booked for the weekend are The 5:15, Double Barrel Swindle and The Corsairs.
If you just want to attend Saturday for the ridden custom show (11:30am) and rideout (1pm) then daytime tickets are available at £5 on the door from 10am to 6pm.

Have a safe ride and enjoy the weekend

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Edition 12 OUT NOW!

What’s inside number 9? New edition out soon!

Good news folks, edition 9 of ScooterNova magazine is on the way!
Completed and printed in time for the Isle of Wight scooter rally next weekend, you can pre-order online and be one of the first to receive it.
So what’s to look forward to in edition 9?

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NSU Scooters – the Lambretta evolution

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Advert from 1956

Back in 1951, NSU of Germany signed a deal with Innocenti of Italy to build Lambretta scooters at their factory in Neckarsulm under licence. The deal was to last for Continue reading

February 1960 – Snow & Lambretta holiday guide!

Power & Pedal, Feb 1960

Power & Pedal, Feb 1960

With snow falling in Great Britain in February 2015, it seemed the perfect time to share this cover from an old British magazine from 55 years ago, the Continue reading

Atomic retro scooter art

Possibly a bit late for Christmas presents this year – unless you’re one of our Canadian readers – we recently stumbled across these lovely pieces of artwork that may well flick your switch.

Mark Atomos Pilon

Mark ‘Atomos’ Pilon

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Lambretta Scootacaddy by Rhiando

Scootacaddy by Rhiando Products Ltd.

Scootacaddy by Rhiando Products Ltd.

Thanks to the scooter boom here in Great Britain during the late 1950s, a number of innovative people surfaced with products they thought us scooter riders would enjoy.

Some of the most creative were courtesy of the Rhiando family who were big fans of the then new ‘fibreglass’ style material. Dad Spike Rhiando created a roofs scooter in the 1950s (long before BMW, Benelli or Adiva who all produced such scooters in the late 1990s) and tried to ride it from England to South Africa, abandoning his trip somewhere in the Sahara desert.

His next venture was the Scootamobile for the Harper aircraft company of Exeter, the only known surviving example being displayed at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset.

Meanwhile son Max (aka Buster) Rhiando was behind Rhiando Products Ltd of Guildford in Surrey who produced a range of accessories made of ‘Rhiteglass’, including this Scootacaddy from 1960, which was apparently tailor-made to fit to the front end of either a Vespa or Lambretta, pictured here attached to a Lambretta Series 1. The Scootacaddy could accommodate “helmet, gloves, coat or parcels”, was lockable and retailed at £13.17s.6d.

Today such an accessory is as rare hen’s teeth, and for good reason we reckon!

 

The Honda Juno scooter – Japanese giant’s grand entrance

Today Japanese manufacturing giant Honda are known for cars, twist & go plastic scooters, and motorcycles – one of which has just powered MotoGP ride Marc Marquez to another championship winning season.

But back in 1954 the fledgling company produced its first scooter,  Juno K-Type.

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An English Roman Holiday

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Roman Holiday

Everyone know Audrey Hepburn starred with Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday, a film that launch the career of the Vespa scooter on the silver screen. Continue reading

Scooter tyres delivered the Michelin way

Following look into the archive of scooter tyre adverts last week, we’ve been asked for more and thought you’d enjoy this from Michelin in 1953…

A Michelin representative delivers the goods with his Vespa scooter combination. Ideal for multiple drops of small items in urban areas (http://heritage.michelin.co.uk/p1953.htm)

A Michelin representative delivers the goods with his Vespa scooter combination.
Ideal for multiple drops of small items in urban areas. (http://heritage.michelin.co.uk/p1953.htm)

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