WOMAN & MA­CHINE

Scootering - - Practical Scootering -

Name: Jane Light­foot Scooter Club: Smug­glers Scooter Club – Salt­burn and VCB. How and when did you first be­come in­ter­ested in scoot­ers: Way back when I was 13 and into the Mod scene. We use to hang out about town and the older lads and lasses would come and see us. What was your first scooter: Vespa Dou­glas V100 at the ten­der age of 15. What is your favourite style of cus­tom scooter: I love any­thing from a rust rod to a fully mu­ralled scooter. First rally or event: First event was Scar­bor­ough un­of­fi­cial rally in 1984 and first Na­tional was More­cambe 1985. Any sto­ries: My favourite story is about how I met my hus­band. As a 15-year-old Mod I saw Tim laid on a piece of grass at the side of road chat­ting with some of his mates. They had only stopped be­cause Tim, a very cool-look­ing 17-year-old, had fallen off his brand new PX125. He says it was the worse day of his life but I think it was the best, well for him any­way! Favourite and worst rally/event: I love any rally abroad. It’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to go­ing to a rally in the UK. Miles make smiles es­pe­cially on sun-kissed roads. I’ve been to a fair few rub­bish ral­lies but still en­joyed my­self. It’s what you make of it that mat­ters. What’s the fur­thest you’ve ever rid­den on a scooter: Tim and I went on a four week hol­i­day in Europe with Vespa World Days in Croa­tia as our des­ti­na­tion. Af­ter­wards we went on to Italy be­fore fi­nally com­ing home. We trav­elled through 10 coun­tries in to­tal and did 4367 miles. If you had to rec­om­mend one scooter part or item of rid­ing kit what would it be: Legshield mir­ror. I have one on an­other scooter but not on Bat­man. I still look for it ev­ery 10 min­utes though!

Scooter model: 1977 Vespa 125 TS (Turismo Sport) Date pur­chased & cost: 2005 – can’t re­mem­ber ex­actly but about £1500 a prob­a­bly about an­other £1500 for chrome and parts. En­gine: PX200FL. Ex­haust: Pinasco. Top speed & cruis­ing speed: Top speed 65mph cruis­ing about 55mph. Is the scooter re­li­able: Of course – she’s got a stan­dard P2 lump. Paint­work & mu­rals done by: Orig­i­nal paint by Ian King with more re­cent work by John Spur­geon. Chrome: Qual­ity Chrome. Is there any­one you wish to thank: Tim, for all his hard work just to make me happy.

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