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Owner’s name: Chris Mac­na­mara (Chris Mac) Job: Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of www.TheBrogueTrader.comm Scooter club and town: Cardiff. How and when did you first be­come in­ter­ested in scoot­ers: 1985 – just a young Mod at the youth club, it was fash­ion­able & cool as a lad to be in­volved in our lo­cal scene but a year later I got my first scooter. First scooter: Vespa 90 3-speed. Favourite scooter model: Vespa Rally 200 – pure class. Favourite style of cus­tom scooter: Street racer or un­der­stated, not in slight­est bit in­ter­ested in en­grav­ing and mu­rals. First rally or event: First rally Porth­cawl 1986. Any sto­ries: Paul Ak­tins Vespa chop in 1989 with fuel pour­ing out over his leg from the tankk be­tween the seat and head­set on the way to Mar­gate, he wrapped a sleep­ing bag around it to tem­per the flow... you guessed it... it all caught on fire some­where on the M25, I was be­hind him two up trying to catch him up to lett him know about the 2ft flames be­hind him! Favourite and worst rally/event: More re­cently Paddy Smith’s rally, pretty chilled out with lovely peo­ple but back in the day it has got to be Mar­gate. The worst for me has got to be Skeg­ness 1990, in that shitty stock car track, it was snow­ing and freez­ing cold, po­lice road blocks stop­ping all the scoot­ers go­ing into townn and only a pokey club house to en­ter­tain your­self... not a good rally mem­ory. Fun­ni­est ex­pe­ri­ence with a scooter: Got stuck in a side car bolted to a Rally 200. The rider had it on full lock go­ing around in cir­cles spin­ning, he was go­ing pretty slowly and it all looked pretty safe, so I jumped in and then the rider whacked the throt­tle open and jumped off, I was bloody stuck in the side­car with it spin­ningg for about 10 min­utes at 20mph and I couldn’t get out... I puked ev­ery­where and felt so sick... Fur­thest rid­den on a scooter: Cardiff to Cro­tia and back via south­ern Italy and France, 17 days away, 3500 miles, loved ev­ery minute of it. What do you like about ral­lies/events: I love meet­ing old friends who I haven’t seen for a while. You can just chat for hours and catch upp on each oth­ers’ lives. What do you dis­like about ral­lies/ events: I’ve al­ways hated camp­ing. I can’t stand car­ry­ing all the lug­gage and bits and pieces you need. I’m not a fan of au­tos and mir­rors ei­ther, that wholee com­edy Mod thing isn’t for me.

Favourite Scooter­ing fea­ture: Into the Sun­set, real sto­ries writ­ten by real peo­ple. Favourite cus­tom/fea­tured scooter of all time: I think it must be the Lam­bretta ‘Spirit Walker’ I know I’m con­tra­dict­ing my­self by stat­ing I don’t like mu­rals and en­grav­ing, but this scoot came out when I was at school and I re­mem­ber see­ing it in Scooter­ing and think­ing ‘Wow!’ Most use­less part you’ve bought for one of your scoot­ers: I bought a Lam­bretta kick­start from eBay in 1997 for my GP TSI, af­ter weeks of wait­ing it ar­rived, I popped it on and kicked the scooter over for the first time and all the splines just ground away, ut­ter shite.

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