By Chris Haddon
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Following on from My Cool Motorcyle, a party of classy scooters and the powerful fraternity between scooter riders
Much greater than only a mode of shipping, the common-or-garden scooter is trendy, fashionable, and classy. As the various tales featured right here display, vendors take their scooters on stunning adventures shape urban streets to wonderful state escapes. Taking examples from throughout various continents and cultures, this book explores the main iconic manufacturers of scooter, from Vespa and Prima to Cushman and Goggo. Each part covers a variety of historic details, owners' tales, and automobile notes. For scooter vendors or these drawn to scooter historical past, this publication will motivate and intrigue.
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Scooter popularity had dwindled significantly by the time I reached 16 [the legal age for driving a scooter in the UK], but regardless I scooted around sporting the standard-issue parka coat. 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.
So after much dilemma I enquired as to whether the Trust would be interested in purchasing my collection. 46 The idea appealed to them, but finding a permanent museum big enough proved tricky. That is, until the Haynes Museum stepped forward and set aside space in their museum near Yeovil. Even though putting the scooters piecemeal into an auction would have given me a greater financial return, it was important that a collection which had taken me so long to put together stayed together. ‘Even with the collection of British scooters off my hands, I was still obsessed with scooters.
The word went out within the scooter community and I learned that the scooter was still in possession of the chap to whom I’d sold it on the Isle of Wight, and we made contact. He was fifty-fifty about parting with it, and eventually a price that was way more than I was willing to pay was put forward. For me, that was the end of it. But my wife Vicki knew that not owning it would eat me up inside, so she convinced me to proceed with the purchase,’ explains Mark, who while at Clacton in 1985 had succumbed to the lure of custom scooters when he saw one called Dazzle (based on the Siouxsie and the Banshees song).
My Cool Scooter: An Inspirational Guide to Stylish Scooters by Chris Haddon