More custom scooters from the 1980s

Here are more Vespas and Lambrettas from back in the day, including some familiar faces riding them!  Following the popularity of my last blog about 80s custom scooters, here are more grainy photos to take you back to a simpler life without technology, video action replays and driverless cars.  If you still go to rallies then my 2019 Rallies Page has all the info you need for rallies, rideouts and custom shows.

I do love a smallframe and this is a tidy Vespa Super Sport.

Vespa super sprint

Here’s The Undertaker again, Rob Godden’s scooter.

Lambretta with coffin sidecar and chrome panels

A Lambretta chopper from Disc 85 at Donnington Park.

Anyone who has owned Vespas and Lambrettas can relate to the theme of this GP!  They do indeed cost a lot of time, trouble and money…

Time, trouble and money, a green Lambretta with racing seat

Modesty Vespa p range

 

Eternal Warrior with Vespas and Lambrettas in the background

Lay Lady Lay, with Madame Medusa in the background,

Lay Lady Lay Lambretta Chopper

This is the Butterfly Collector, owned by Dizzy, number 1 of the Midhurst Detours.  It was a super fast scooter with a Pinasco 225 and straight through Pitone.  Dizzy bought it from CMW Motorcycles in Chichester and the metalflake was sprayed by a guy from Fernhurst, near Midhurst in West Sussex. The murals were handpainted by a college student called Toby from near Midhurst.

Butterfly Collector side panel

40th Anniversary CD set – click to view or buy from Amazon

Butterfly Collector toolbox door

A very young Dizzy!

Dizzy sitting on Butterfly Collector

Dizzy sold Butterfly Collector to Gary Brice, another member of the Midhurst Detours.  Gary wasn’t such a fan of The Jam so arranged to have it changed to a Sex Pistols theme, Frigging In The Rigging. Toby the college student repainted the panels, and did a great job, charging only £50!

Frigging In The Rigging side panel with Sex Pistols murals

40th Anniversary CD set – click to view or buy on Amazon



Although this photo was taken relatively recently, around 2008/2009, these are original panels from an 80s custom scooter.  It was called Time Tells No Lies and was built by Richard Stewart, another Midhurst Detour in 87/88.  Dave White, an artist from Birdham near Chichester, did the airbrushing using various book covers as inspiration.  Rich sold the scooter around 1996 and it was unfortunately subsequently written off.  The frame sat in a back garden for years and it wasn’t heard of again until I spotted the panels at the Surrey Custom Show and realised that they had survived.  I sent the photos to Rich who confirmed they were the original ones from 20 years earlier!  It’s good to know that at least parts of some old Lambrettas and Vespas are still going strong.

 

 

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The Goods Gone custom Lambretta

Galaxian Warrior custom Lambretta

Juicy Fruit was originally an Armandos scooter owned by Steve Bone from Staines, who had it resprayed in this distinctive yellow colour.

Juicy Fruit yellow custom P range vespa

Juicy Fruit scooter side panel

A lot of Vespas and Lambrettas in the late 80s had a stereo and speakers fitted. You don’t seem to see that as much these days which is a surprise given how much better the technology is!

This is Roy Bland’s AF GP.  Roy was also from the Staines Massive, aka Big Cock SC.

AF Arthur Francis Rayspeed custom Lambretta

 

 

 

Rocky custom Lambretta

Here’s one of many Vespas and Lambrettas with a music theme.

Geno custom Lambretta - Dexys Midnight Runners

Nothing But Heartaches custom Lambretta


I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. I will be raiding the archives again soon. Thanks to Dizzy for providing many of these photos!

Here’s a link to my first 80s Custom Scooters blog.

If you’re interested in 80s scootering then you might like to read my First Rally series, featuring some great stories from well known scooterists I’ve featured

With Christmas fast approaching, here are some ideas for the scooter lover in your life!

Shop for scooter goodies!

Vespa lighter
Vespa lighter
Vespa t-shirt
Vespa t-shirt
Steve McQueen t-shirt
Steve McQueen t-shirt
Keyring
Keyring
Northern soul t-shirt
Northern soul t-shirt
Hotrod t-shirt
Hotrod t-shirt
Wallet
Wallet
Cramps t-shirt
Cramps t-shirt
Wedding card
Wedding card
Vespa print
Vespa print
Vespa scarf
Vespa scarf
Purse
Purse

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80s custom scooters featuring yellow Juicy Fruit P Range Vespa

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2 Comments

  1. March 25, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Another great blog Ali. I love how Gary was able to modify the look of Dizzy’s scooter for only £50 back then.

    • AliRichards
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      March 25, 2018 / 9:37 am

      How times have changed!

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