Massive nerd that I am I got quite excited when I heard about the British Scooter Exhibition opening up at the Haynes Museum. I got the chance to visit recently and it did not disappoint; there are several real rarities and oddities to be found there. By the nature of it, it is not a huge exhibition but well worth visiting none-the-less. Below a selection of the gems to be seen at Sparkford...
|The Britax Scooterette was powered by the Ducati Cucciolo|
|The Britax Scooterette used the same running|
gear as the 'Hurricane' racer and 'Standard'
models. That huge front mudguard and fairing
hides a girder fork and the whole lot moves up
and down with the fork.
|Scooterette and Bambini together.|
|Dayton Flamenco and Sun Wasp.|
|DKR Defiant and Mercury Pippin.|
|Close up on the Pippin. There's 98cc of Villiers power|
lurking beneath those panels!
|DKR Defiant again. Like the Dayton Flamenco|
and Sun Wasp 197cc Villiers powered.
|Piatti scooter. You see a surprising number of|
these around in virtually unused condition.
They have the reputation of being one of the
worst scooters ever made. See the MopedArchive
for more info.
|A Kieft. See historywebsite.co.uk for more info.|
|My favourite in the exhibition, the Harper|
Scootamobile. Made by the Harper Aircraft
Company and designed by Spike Rhiando.
Mr Rhiando attempted to ride the prototype
Scootamobile to Cape Town. A journey that
was abandoned somewhere in the Sahara.
|The Harper Scootamobile flanked by a Douglas Vespa and|
a Mercury Dolphin.
|Swallow Gadabout to the fore and Brockhouse Corgi aft.|
|The Gadabout was made by Swallow who were more famous|
for coach building and sidecars.