We’ll be heading off to Bridlington for the Scooter Trade & Custom Show rally there in a few weeks, a great event where we will also celebrate the publication of edition 4 of ScooterNova magazine! As we’ve done at previous Continue reading
Of all the rare scooter accessories doing the rounds today, very few are made of fibreglass… for obvious reasons. No, it’s the steel Continue reading
If you’ve got a Vespa PX125 or 150 – or indeed any other largeframe Vespa with such an engine – and you want an aftermarket exhaust that shouts, ‘look at me’, then look at this!
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!