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….
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!”
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.