East London Lambretta and Vespa dealer Eddy Grimstead was one of the best when it came to marketing scooters.
Early on in the 1960s he produced his Lambretta Imperial dealer special, but it was probably the ‘Grimstead Hurricaine’ Vespa that became based on the SS180 when that was launched in 1965, which was the most well-known.
The Olympic gold medalist and Tour de France winner apparently talks about his love of classic scooters (Vespa and Lambretta), Mod, fashion (he has a range of clothes as part of the Fred Perry label) and music.
As a thank you Fred Perry have given him a restored Lambretta SX200, which I think most of us would be chuffed to receive for services rendered!
The November issue of Scootering is published on 24 October 2013.
A few websites and blogs are suggesting that 2014 will see the arrival of a new, larger Vespa scooter to the market.
However, Piaggio continue to maintain that the current Vespa GTS 300 has the largest engine that can be inserted into that particular chassis and that the chassis itself is not designed to cope with any more power.