Name: Gary Constantine. Job: Owner/craftsman, Vintagescoot. Club: Lambretta Club of USA. First scooter: In 2006abeautiful all original SS180 with only 2700 originalmiles. Though it didn’t run at the time, this led me to find the only full-time vintage scooter shop, Javaspeed inProvidence, Rhode Island who got it going for me, which thankfully also introduced me toawhole new vintage scooter scene I didn’t even know existed. Favourite style of custom scooter: I prefer scooters built as (what I call here) resto-customs – so it retains a certain period look, although it includes many areas of detail, which are slightly customised and modified. First rally: Here in the US rallies are rather few and far between, but you get to meet just about everyone and make many friends from several states away. My first rally was Smallstate in 2006. How could the scooter scene improve? More availability of original quality replacement parts. What do you like about rallies/events? The camaraderie mostly. Your favourite Scootering magazine features: The feature scooter articles, and seeing the new product announcements in the works. Who first inspired you in the scooter scene? What has inspired me to go much further than stock restorations, and then starting to produce work in this hobby, was seeing the level of craftsmanship and quality of work coming out of Rimini Lambretta Centre. Recommend one scooter part: Hands down, the Casa Lambretta smallblock 185 kit is amusthave upgrade. What part would you most like to see developed for scooters? I was hoping to see those unique two piece tubeless rims happen a couple years back from this outfit called Dieci Pollici. There was a lot of buzz, and then nothing. I use tubeless rims of the SIP/AF variety but as one piece, they can be easily damaged when installing tyres.