Wel­come let­ter from the Ed­i­tor

Scootering - - Contents - Dan

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.

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