Welcome letter from the Editor
A warm welcome to the August issue of Scootering.
Fame and fortune don’t visit everyone, but as the saying goes… every dog has its day! It was interesting to edit articles which showed two distinct sides of the same scooter racing coin during the build up to the press day for this month’s magazine. On the one hand, Stu Owen waxes lyrical regarding the great success of legendary racer Richard Wilfang at his peak during the mid-70s scooter racing scene.
Whereas on the other hand, Russ Machin reflects in a rather more informal manner on his chance meeting and subsequent interview with lesser known 70s racer Laurence Moore. Two names from the same era; both talked about and reflected upon during this edition and both great examples of success in their own right. Bridging the gap from 70s to present day, we also take a look at the prices of yesteryear – and make some comparisons of how scooters and scootering items measure up financially, then and now.
Was a TV200 really better value back then? When was the best time to buy a TS1 kit, and HOW much am I paying for petrol? Stu does the maths, so you don’t have to and it makes for an interesting read. Another connection from way back when to the present day that I want to make mention of is, of course, the beautiful feature scooters which we have to marvel at this month… particularly the NK1 Vespa and the Reghams Dominator. These both reinforce the notion that something from the past can be reborn as something just as good, if not better than the original. The final link from past to present is the celebration of 60 years in business for Ron Daley. Take a look at our special features on the man, his business, his scooters, and the legacy he is forging.
So hopefully you’ll find an inspiring balance of old and new in this month’s magazine… a nod to the heritage of some of the items which make up our scene, and acknowledgment of those people, ideas and products which keep it alive. There’s a ton of other stuff besides, but I’ll let you discover that for yourself. Anyway, that’s enough of my ramblings, it’s another belter this month… enjoy the issue.