MAN & MACHINE
Name: Rob Stewart or ‘Dave’ Scooter club & town: Doghouse SC, Louth. How and when did you first become interested in scooters: Louth has always been a place you’d see a scooter. What was your first scooter: PX125. Brand spanking new! What is your favourite scooter model: Lambretta GP & Vega. What is your favourite style of custom scooter: I’m a bit like Bertie Bassett. I like all sorts! First rally or event: ‘Skeg Vegas’, 1980. How did you get there: In my friend’s parents’ car. We were 10 years old. Any stories: Morecambe. We lost Robbie Fox. Gary and I turned back 10 miles looking for him. In the process Gary ran out of petrol, only for us to find Robbie coming towards us in a van. It turned out he’d ran out of petrol, got a lift and never told us! Favourite and worst rally/event: All rallies are what you and your mates make them. I’ve never had a bad one. Funniest experience with a scooter: Kelso. Riding behind Les and a bird came out of the bushes straight into his helmet. Feathers everywhere! What do you like about rallies: Having a weekend away with mates. Simple! Favourite custom scooter of all time: John Wilson’s Vega, ‘Tales of the Unexpected’.
Name of scooter & reason: Cerberus Inspiration for project and theme: Dave Sims’ chopper, ‘Tangerine Dream’. I loved the frame and it was a different style of chopper. Time to build & by who: Fourteen months by Shaun Barley. Any specialised parts or frame mods? What and by whom: Too many to mention. All hand-built by Shaun Barley with an RB220 engine slapped in. Has the scooter won any show trophies: Best Engineered – Whitby National Rally 2018 Best in Show – Whitby National Rally 2018 Best in Show – Good Things 80s – Doncaster 2018 Best Oddity – Bangers and Mash 2018 Is there anyone you wish to thank: Shaun Barley for all his fantastic work, Dave Sims for the inspiration, ‘Me Julie’ for her continuous and undivided support throughout, Casey Stewart (my son). All the Doghouse RC for their help in getting me to the other side… in particular Nick Thwaits and Lee Thornton.