Warwickshire Scooter Alliance – Ride of Respect 2018

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Ride of Respect 21st October 2018

And they just kept coming… What a turn out!

20It was a misty start to the day, but the sun soon started to shine for the hundreds of scooters that met at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum in Whittington to ride on mass to the National Memorial Arboretum, Tamworth. The Army of scooters, led by Paul Marshall (WSA Chairman) took a scenic route marshalled with precision to the NMA, and what a tremendous sight to behold. It is estimated that around 900 scooters attended, more than double of last year. Many, proudly displaying their ride of respect leg shields, flags etc.  

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The ceremony at the wall was very moving, led by David Whittall from the British Christian Scooterists Association and Andi Poole from AONSC and WSA. The sound of the last post played by Antonio Socci bounced off the walls giving people time to reflect on those who have lost their lives in past and present conflicts. Wreaths were then laid by various scooter clubs in deafening silence. 

31.jpgMonies raised from the sale of patches, leg shields and collection buckets will be given to the National Memorial Arboretum, The Staffordshire Regiment Museum and Galanos House.

33Paul Marshall, who is the chairman of The Warwickshire Scooter Alliance would like to say a massive thank you to the NMA, The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, the WSA committee, the marshalls… you know who you are, and of course everyone that attended and made it such a huge success.

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Thanks to Lynda from the Warwickshire Scooter Alliance for sending me the above article.

You can find out more on the The Warwickshire Alliance website. www.twsa.co.uk

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Pocket Rockets and Motochimps…

pocket_rocket_1I spotted* a couple of cool new electric bikes – and thought they were more than worthy of an airing on the blog. Though each is a quirky, original design in it’s own right, I’m old enough to know the adage “There’s nothing new under the Sun” has an element of truth to it – and both these bikes reminded me of older designs.

Pocket Rocket

The first is the “Pocket Rocket” it’s unusual form earning it a German Design Award. Designed by Manuel Messmer and engineered by SOL Motors, the Pocket Rocket is clean and compact. The thick tubular column on the top becomes a perfect surface to sit on, once you’ve got a saddle in place, and right at both ends, you’ve got the headlight and taillight. The product is currently in its conceptual stages and the specifications haven’t been made public yet. If and when they do, I’ll let you know.

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While a beautifully simple and original concept, it reminded me of a little known Lambretta from years ago – The Rosella, pictured below, and featured on the blog here.

Find out more about it on the SOL Motors website.

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Motochimp

Screen Shot 2018-10-01 at 17.50.12The second featured bike is equally – if not more so – quirky. It’s called the Motochimp – a cheeky name, for a really cheeky looking bike. This bike has so much personality, it looks like it’s a character from a Pixar film.

Screen Shot 2018-10-01 at 17.50.01This quote from their website (motochimp.com) gives you an idea of the ethos of Motochimp…

“Motochimp celebrates the indie spirit of spontaneous urban mobility. Freeing urban transport from boredom, replacing it with spontaneity and personality. Join us and we’ll defy boredom and faceless urban transport. Let’s embark on joy rides that catch a twinkle or two… Let’s Ride on the Lighter Side of Life”.

The video on FullyCharged sums up the bike features nicely. Favourite feature? Well, I’m torn between the way the battery just slides out – and those funky, minimalist bar-end indicators.

As Johnny Smith notes in the video, the Motochimp is very reminiscent of Honda’s Motocompo portable minibike from the ’80s – now a very collectable little bike in its own right – and one probably deserving of a Lambrettista blog post.

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Which gives me the excuse to share this Madness Honda City/Motocompo ad…

 

*Well, my mate Luke spotted them to be fair. And sent me the links. Credit where it’s due!