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The cover picture for this issue depicts something of an exclusive for CSS. Pictured is Roy Cary, who still trades under the name ‘Roy of Hornchurch’ but is better known in the guise of Royspeed – a well-known name on the scooter tuning circuit during the 60s and 70s. Since those days, Roy has never allowed anyone the opportunity to interview him – until now, when CSS caught up with him at the same Hornchurch premises he has been trading from for the last 50 years. Read his story inside.

Pride and joy

An LD scooter was stolen from Bingley, West Yorkshire, on 21 June. The word went around the scooter community and fortunately the bike was found in nearby woods with parts stripped.

Philip Walker (aka Wixy) had owned the scooter for 25 years, and built it from scratch. When reunited with his bike, he was mortified by what had happened and quite understandably so. When a scooter you’ve spent years lavishing care and attention on suffers this fate, it can be like taking a part of you away. Unfortunately, in the world we live in, he’s not the only one to suffer the same fate. All we can do is be vigilant and try and prevent toe-rags like these from destroying a life’s work. In some respects, Wixy was lucky; others may not be.

Mailbag

Too many Parts Fairs?

Hi Mau,

There has been a plethora of local Parts Fairs of late. These are part of the Kev Walsh organisation. I visited the Parts Fair in Newbury on Sunday there were about 20 stalls with a large spattering of scooter ‘bling’, mainly Lambretta biased – dare I say that? It was also £5 to get in. Kev (for it was he) let me in for £4, on the grounds that I only had four pound coins and a £20 note… Must remember that for future reference?

My opinion is that some care must be taken to prevent ‘overkill’ and the accompanying customer boredom when addressing the ‘Parts Fair plague’. The one held down in Pompey, somewhere, had (or so I’m told) three stalls! On the basis of the Newbury effort, I will, in future, stay in bed on a Sunday morning!

Must say, on the credit side, I did buy some stainless steel bits for a Lambretta worth having. These were from a trader called Red Dog Lambretta (01926 885208, email: reddoglambretta@aol.com). Red Dog makes, amongst other things, Lambretta control lever pivot pin nuts in stainless. These are the unusual round slotted fixings that sit under the lever carriers. The company also make a series of shims in varying thicknesses – in stainless – to sit behind the rear shocker to space that item away from the rear mudguard. This will stop the shocker chipping paint off the guard when under load. A good idea!

Nice to end this email on a positive note….

Dave, via email

Retro-special Vespa

Hi Mau,

Just read the Retro-special article on the subject of the Spanish Vespa ‘S’ model in CSS 61 and the fact that the restorers managed to fit a PX 125 engine, but found that the 200 engine would not fit without modification of the Spanish engine mountings. This might leave readers intrigued as the PX 125 and 200 are interchangeable on the Italian Vespa chassis, so why the problem?

Pete Rickwood
Acton

Niall McCart of Retrospective Scooters says: “We didn’t try to fit a 200 to this scooter as we were told via another mechanic that he has the very same Spanish model and tried to fit a PX 200 engine and it fouled the body where the barrel and head is. We could see on our scooter that the 125 barrel was very close to the body at that section and just about got the cowling over it, so without actually cutting away at the body (not recommended – weakens the structure) it wouldn’t sit in. Consider that the Spanish scooters had their own moulds and pressed their own chassis totally independent of the Italians, slight variations in dimensions occurred. The bodywork being a hybrid of a earlier 50s horncast and a VBA type rounded number plate section as well as thicker seams (and we believe thick heaver gauged steel used) proves they were their own unique shape and size”.

Niall McCart
Retrospective Scooters

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