Lad ’n’ Dad

If you want to track down teenager Ben Fin­lay, you won’t find him at home on so­cial me­dia or play­ing video games. Chances are, you’ll find him work­ing on a scooter or two….

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Has the stu­dent now be­come the master? Scooter­ing meets Ben Fin­lay to find out.

Ben’s scooter­ing and mu­si­cal in­flu­ences were in­spired by his par­ents. At an early age, Ben was lis­ten­ing to north­ern soul and af­ter be­ing spot­ted danc­ing at the Shildon Civic Hall in 2012 at a March of the Mods char­ity event Ben later fea­tured in Stone Foun­da­tion’s video, Bring Back the Hap­pi­ness. Sup­ported by his dad (Steve) Ben ac­quired his first scooter, a Vespa 50 Special, at the age of 12. Steve de­cided to get the scooter for Ben to sup­port Ben’s love of scoot­ers, the scooter­ing scene and his passion for me­chan­ics and en­gi­neer­ing. Steve said: “The 50 Special was a run­ner when we got it and it had a ‘Heinz va­ri­ety’ en­gine made up of sev­eral mod­els. It made an ideal learn­ing project for Ben!”

Work sta­tions

Ben’s me­chan­i­cal knowl­edge comes from self-teach­ing, plus ob­ser­va­tion and guid­ance from me­chan­i­cally-minded fel­low scooter club mem­bers and friends. Ben op­er­ates from two lo­ca­tions. The garage at his late grand­fa­ther’s bun­ga­low, where most of the body and build work is done and Ben’s shed at the bot­tom of his mum’s gar­den where most of the en­gi­neer­ing work is done.

Cut­ting his teeth

With the help of Scott Christie, Ben stripped the 50 Special down and gave it a full re­build. The body­work went off to Phil Ste­wart at Wizard Paint shop for an 80s blue metal flake paint job, while in the mean­time Ben and Scott worked on the en­gine.

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