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At the ACU Bri­tish na­tional records meet­ing at Elv­ing­ton on Septem­ber 18 Gavin Wat­son not only es­tab­lished an of­fi­cial record for a two-way mean av­er­age time, but also set the fastest one-way speed this year on a Lam­bretta.

The two-way mean av­er­age, taken from the best run com­pleted each way, gave Gavin an av­er­age speed of 104.9mph which has es­tab­lished an of­fi­cial ACU record in the 300cc scooter class. It must be noted that this is the first year this class has been run so Gavin has es­tab­lished the record.

Next year will be in­ter­est­ing as a whole clutch of rid­ers at­tempt to break it. Dur­ing the record at­tempt Gavin made sev­eral runs on his cut-down sprinter over the week­end and achieved a top speed of 110.921mph, back­ing it up with two more runs within 2mph of his top speed. This eclipses James Win­ter’s time of 107.73mph, which was set in May on a full bod­ied Lam­bretta, and now stands as the fastest time this year.

The en­gine, based on an RB252, was orig­i­nally built and ported by none other than our own edi­tor Dan Clare. Since then the en­gine has been worked on by Dar­rell Tay­lor with mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions but Gavin is keen to point out the both Dan and Dar­rell are responsible for its 40+ bhp. The frame is a full-blown stretched, cut and raked sprinter and was built by Dan and Sean Brady back when they co-owned Scooterot­ica garage.

In the fu­ture Gavin in­tends to de­velop things fur­ther to par­tic­i­pate in more events, in what looks like be­ing a busy 2017 for him. He points out that the goal is ob­vi­ously to go faster than be­fore, but is a big learn­ing curve along the way. The key to suc­cess in this sport is pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing and whether each sep­a­rate mod­i­fi­ca­tion im­proves per­for­mance. If Gavin takes this ap­proach then who knows what speeds and time he can achieve.

With four sep­a­rate Lam­bretta teams and sev­eral tuners now vy­ing for both top speed and ¼ mile glory the en­try for 2017 is look­ing stronger than ever. There is no doubt that de­vel­op­ment over the win­ter will be at a fast pace ready for the new sea­son. There will be a full re­view of this sea­son shortly and rest as­sured we will be fol­low­ing closely the ex­ploits of all the cur­rent rid­ers and those who also wish to join in.

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