Dave’s Nos­tal­gic Cus­tom Cor­ner

Cer­tain cri­te­ria are re­quired for a scooter to sit in Dave’s Nos­tal­gic Cus­tom Cor­ner and this one needed a ‘spe­cial pass’ to get in… you’ll see why.

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Nos­tal­gia mas­ter Dave Oak­ley, pulls out an­other stun­ning blast from the past – this month it’s The Great­est Love of All. It nearly didn’t make the cut though...

Think­ing about the great­est sports peo­ple of all time, sev­eral go­liaths come im­me­di­ately to mind in cer­tain sports – Nick­laus, Borg, Babe Ruth, Jor­dan (bas­ket­ball not boobs!), Phelps, Senna, Rossi, Pele, etc. the list just goes on and on. How­ever, there is only one per­son who is uni­ver­sally ac­cepted as ‘the great­est’ – Cas­sius Mar­cel­lus Clay Jr, or as most of us sim­ply know him… Ali. Now this scooter is very un­like most of the scoot­ers I have pre­vi­ously fea­tured, in that this cus­tom (due to se­vere fa­tigue) has had to have a new frame and a com­plete re­spray since its 80s de­but.

Yes, I know what you are think­ing, how­ever… it still boasts the orig­i­nal pan­els, mud­guard and head­set; but more im­por­tantly, it still ‘makes the cut’ be­cause it has re­mained with orig­i­nal builder and owner Tim Lovell for over 30 years. Like its owner, this scooter has proved to be a real ‘jour­ney­man’ of the cus­tom scooter scene, I give you: The Great­est Love of All. Now… let’s get readyyyyy, to rum­ble! Ding-Ding. Dave O

How­ever, there is only one per­son who is uni­ver­sally ac­cepted as ‘the great­est’ – Cas­sius Mar­cel­lus Clay Jr, or as most of us sim­ply know him… Ali.

Owner’s name: Tim Lovell Home­town: Wake­field. Scooter club: Dirty Mills SC. Scooter name: The Great­est Love of All. Year orig­i­nally built: 1989. Paint & mu­rals: John Spur­geon Aero­graph­ics. En­gine: Pinasco matched T5 cas­ings, Pinasco kit, long-stroke crank giv­ing 178cc. All tun­ing work by Chis­el­speed Scoot­ers. Chrome/en­grav­ing: Qual­ity Chrome Hull/ACE En­grav­ing Colch­ester. Con­di­tion/age of base model when you got it:

Bought the scooter new in 1987, the frame had to be re­placed in 2012. What have you had done to it or plan to do since own­ing: I built the orig­i­nal, and when I re­placed the frame it had a full re­spray, it also had ad­di­tional mu­rals added in 2013. En­gine-wise it has gone from the orig­i­nal Malossi 172 reed-valve, to what you now see listed above.

Do you still do ral­lies: Yes, def­i­nitely. I still try to put in four or five na­tion­als a year, as well as the odd Eu­ro­pean rally. I also do quite a few ‘lo­cal’ events on top, and in re­cent years most VCB meets too.

What other scoot­ers do you own: A Mk1 P2. Funny scooter mem­ory: We were rid­ing to Wales in 1984, I was two-up on my P2 and our mate was on his Vespa 100 wear­ing the oblig­a­tory bright yel­low wa­ter­proofs and open face skid lid. Like most of the 80s it was ab­so­lutely chuck­ing it down and the con­di­tions were ter­ri­ble, but de­spite his lack of ccs he kept over-tak­ing! His look of sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion ev­ery time he passed was ab­so­lutely price­less!

Favourite event ever: More­cambe ’85, we were young, fool­ish and happy! Had a great time, and no trou­ble. Favourite cus­tom scooter ever: Re­venge, time­less! Favourite dealer: Chis­el­speed.

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