DNCC# 40

Some scoot­ers are noted for be­ing way ahead of their time. In that re­spect, Lairdy’s 2000AD paintjob fits that de­scrip­tion in more ways than one…

Scootering - - Contents - Dave O

Dave O brings us an­other clas­sic blast from the past, it’s truly Dredd man...

Wel­comee to this month’s nos­tal­gic look back at the cus­tom scoot­ers of yesteryear. This is­sue’s of­fer­ing was orig­i­nally cus­tomised with a 2000AD theme way back in good-old 1984, and has stayed with its owner Mar­tyn ever since. At the time (1984) the sub­ject year in ques­tion (2000AD) was just a far off date in the fu­tur­is­tic hori­zon… mo­bile phones were not com­mer­cially avail­able (the first UK mo­bile phone call was made in a year later in 1985) tablets were some­thing you got from a chemist, and the thought that Don­ald Trump would be the next US pres­i­dent was even more com­i­cal than it is now!

Even the fu­tur­is­tic sce­nario por­trayed in the base comic was pure fan­tasy, a world of anti-au­thor­i­tar­ian vi­o­lence with both pow­er­ful vil­lains and law keep­ers alike, funny how fic­tion mir­rors real life even­tu­ally! The mag­a­zine 2000AD, self-pub­li­cised as the ‘best in the galaxy’ (it was un­til Scooter­ing came out in ’85) first hit the shelves in 1977 and fea­tured char­ac­ters such as Stron­tium Dog, ABC War­riors, Rogue Trooper and of course the im­pres­sive Judge Dredd! Mar­tyn’s scooter was one of a batch that came out of the S&H Scooter Shop around that time, and although he no longer ac­tively at­tends ral­lies, he says 2000AD has be­come part of the fam­ily. So here you are ‘earth­lets’ an­other look back to the fu­ture at a now 33-year-old cus­tom clas­sic.

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