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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.

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