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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!
With the long-awaited winter-summer-autumn-winter rebuild of my Lambretta GP 200 finally getting into gear (sort of – I’ve got another scooter to strip down first!), I’ve found myself pondering whether to splash out on a few trick-looking parts as well as rewarding its loyal service of 15 years with a new coat of paint. The big question then – are a couple of carbon fibre parts a justifiable treat, or an extravagance not worth the money?