Hav­ing a scoot

CB in­spires an­other odyssey to pay re­spect to an ob­scure clas­sic

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When I showed your ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle in the Fe­bru­ary 2017 edi­tion on the rad­i­cal Lam­bretta V-twin racer to a cou­ple of my scooter­ing mates in the lo­cal pub, lit­tle did I re­alise what an ef­fect it would have. On May 27 last year, some of the lads – Mark ‘Sticky’ Stevens and nine friends – set out on eight scoot­ers (all Lam­bret­tas) for Mi­lan to look at said race bike, this be­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of Lam­bretta.

They cov­ered 1053 miles on their way out, via Lux­em­burg, Stras­bourg, the Stelvio Pass and Venice, for a few days’ rest and re­cu­per­a­tion at Adria on the Adri­atic Coast. Then it was down to busi­ness with a trip to Mi­lan to visit the Vit­to­rio Tessera Mu­seum and a view of their Holy Grail – the Lam­bretta racer.

Fol­low­ing this, they made their way to the old Lam­bretta fac­tory, now derelict – and af­ter some ju­di­cious tam­per­ing, man­aged to gain en­try and take pho­tos. The re­turn jour­ney to Ze­brugge was 694 miles via Switzer­land, Bel­gium and France. To­tal mileage: 1747 on the con­ti­nent, plus mileage from Cum­bria to the ports. Not bad for age­ing scooter­ists and their mounts. There were only three or four break­downs, all sta­tor-platere­lated. This year the plan is a trip to Nor­way and the Arc­tic Cir­cle. ALAS­TAIR WIL­SON, WHASSETT, MILNTHORPE, CUM­BRIA

Eight Lam­bret­tas, 1700-odd miles, four break­downs. Re­sult!

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