WOMAN & MACHINE
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.