Jerry from Canada got in touch to see if he could find out more about a scooter he’s discovered on his friend’s father’s estate. It’s in fantastic original condition with just 1200 miles on the clock. He’s given her a tidy up, 3 new tyres and tubes, and it’s been running with all systems seeming to operate properly. The only snag being it would bog with a fully open throttle, he suspects that’s the carb needs a bit of cleaning/adjusting.
He’s going to be putting it up on eBay soon, but if you fancy a rare, original condition Jet 200 drop him a line here before it goes up. Jerry is Fredericton NB, eastern Canada, but will crate and ship elsewhere.UPDATE: The Jet was sold a while ago and now has a new home in Texas.
Scooter Fix! is owned and operated by my online pal Corey Fraser. Having owned vintage scooters since the mid-1980’s, Corey has an intimate knowledge of Lambrettas, Servetas, and some Vespa models. Scooter Fix! is Canada’s only full-time shop specializing in vintage Lambretta scooter parts. They supply quality Scootopia, MB Developments, BGM, and Casa Lambretta parts. Scooter Fix! stock most parts for Lambrettas made from 1958 through to the end of their production. We can even get many pre-1958 parts by special order. As the shop is JUST starting up, not all the inventory is on the site yet. They also have a large selection of good used parts, so if you’re after something in particular, give them a bell.
They also have a limited supply of vintage Vespa parts on hand, but can get most parts needed for them from our suppliers in Italy, the UK, and Germany.
Apparently, the Ottawa Curd Vintage Scooter Rally is not to be missed… CURD? Yep. You Heard. CURD. So I thought, what’s that all about, must be an acronym for something. Canadian Urban Riders Day or something. Nope. It stands for CURD. The squeaky cheese stuff. Now I’m partial to a spot of cheese myself… and Curd is the key ingredient in Poutine …a French Canadian dish made from french fries, gravy and cheese curd. Sounds like perfect rally fodder.
There will be Poutine a plenty, drinks, camping, games, friendship and some great group rides.
Check out these pics from last years event.
One of the movers and shakers, and key sponsors of the CURD Rally is Corey Fraser, one of my readers who puts me right when my limited knowledge lets me down. He’s owned and ridden Lambrettas (and those other scooters …the ones starting with V) for over 25 years, and runs Scooter Fix, providing a full restoration and repair service out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Here’s their Facebook page. Corey is also rebuilding the raffle prize… a 1964 LI150.
It’s not the SLS (Special Lambretta Service)… It’s Ron Bowman, and his mate, about to set off on the journey of a lifetime.
In November of 1959, Ron Bowman quit his job as a newspaper reporter, sold his car and bought a 150cc Lambretta scooter. He intended to ride it from his hometown of Thorold, Ontario, Canada all the way to South America. As far as he knew, no one had ever made such a journey, but he was gong to try. Along the way, he proposed to his girlfriend of three weeks, and married her. This is the story of Ron and Tove Bowman and their epic adventure romance through Latin America on a motor scooter, during a time when such a journey was virtually unheard of. No crew. No support vehicles. Just two crazy Canadians in love on a Lambretta, discovering the world, discovering each other, and having the greatest adventure of their lives.
Their son, Gordon, recently found his dad’s manuscript and knew he wanted to share it with the world. He’s written a book and is planning to get it published through Kickstarter to crowd-fund it’s printing. He’s got a website with all the details, here and you can follow his progress on Facebook too. The Kickstarter page doesn’t appear to be up yet, but I’ll post a direct link to that too, when it is.
UPDATE:The Kickstarter page is now live, you can help make this book a realityHERE.
I’ve already added it to my Christmas reading list!