Back to the future with Globester scooters

Brooks-Stevens-Globester-Motor-Scooter-1 Brooks-Stevens-Globester-Motor-Scooter-2 Brooks-Stevens-Globester-Motor-Scooter-3I can’t find out much about Globester scooters on the web, but the one thing that stand out from these pics is that they are so ahead of their time… Found via the excellent Retronaut site, (one of the non-scootering blogs that’s on my regular reading list), they date from 1946… I think that just relates to the top pic though. I think that’s pretty amazing, I would have guessed the fifties at the earliest. When you think that Innocenti’s  Model A, on the face of it a much less sophisticated design, dates from 1947, you get the impression that American scooters had a definite head start on those from Italy!Screen Shot 2014-03-15 at 10.07.05The ad above does come from the nifty fifties, and the one thing that strikes me from that is that is the price… the Globester doesn’t strike me as a cheap scooter! I don’t know why the Globester wasn’t a bigger success, maybe it comes down to engineering, reliability, price or fashion, but it’s certainly not as well known (this side of the pond at least) as that other iconic US brand, The Cushman. As an aside, did you know you can buy a brand new Cushman today? Here’s the link.

The other Cushman link on the blog worth checking out, if you like this kind of thing, is a beautiful custom job, check it out here.

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One for fans of Doctor Who, Redheads, and the Lambretta.

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Not necessarily in that order. Nice photo set of Karen Gillan, the Scottish actress who played the Doctors glamorous and feisty assistant Amy Pond in the cult sci-fi series. Discovered on this Czech site, I’m unable to credit the photographer*Radiotimesps2pic018 Radiotimesps2pic003 1517603_569230706485131_1015904205_nRadiotimesps2pic017*If it’s you, get in touch and I’ll give you full credits etc. and link to your site. And sorry for posting without your prior permission, I tried to track you down, honest. Nice shots.

Hover scooters

Well it’s 2012, and I’m a bit pissed off. Where are the flying cars we were promised on Tomorrows World? Instead 2012 cars are pretty much like 1960’s cars, except with air con, ABS, an lots less personality.

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Then there were the hoverboards from “Back to the Future” …although I was never good enough on a regular skateboard to make having a hoverboard part of my wishlist. A hover scooter though… hmm… that’s a different kettle of fish… wouldn’t mind one of those. Mind you, I don’t think I’d fancy owning the one in the Pathe movie… it’s more “back to the drawing board” than “Back to the future”!

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Credits:

Video via: Visordown Flying cars from: Plus4Chan Hover scooters via: RideTheMachine