Monday, 29 July 2013


Here's a great video I found on you tube,I'm not one for trolling for hours on you tube,in fact I don't tend to really go on it.However I thought this was a great snapshot of the great times that as youth's myself included had!the great comradeship and the fun times im not quite sure the youth of today would go to such lengths as we did back then,and all we had was a map,beer and mates! No mobiles,Internet or satnavs to find our way there and back! enjoy! many thanks to the lad who has uploaded these please go and view his other films

Tuesday, 23 July 2013


Here's my previous Lambretta,over the years it had various incarnations and colours,engine sizes but it ended up as a super reliable GP200 stage 4 built by Ralph Saxilby well know scooter racer engine builder and all round Nutcase! originally the scooter was an Italian import bought from Armando's in Sheffield, colour was the light blue and obviously came as a DL125 wish i had kept the DL badge now actually, i did loads of miles over the years on it and when i had the money went for a complete rebuild, shopped around a bit as i wanted it all done together,engine rebuild body paint etc, went to MB Developments and they only did engines,as i wasn't confident about putting it all together i didn't bother,few lads i knew on the scene put me on to RS Tuning in doncaster owned by Ralph,if you don't know him, he is a bit hard to get hold of, never answers phone and even thou he has a big shop front he always has the door locked and would be in the workshop round the back,i managed to collar him and had a chat and he was really sound with me,advised me on loads of stuff about what i wanted, some of which i didn't really listen to,but wish i had,started off as him just doing me engine and ended up with complete rebuild, i wanted a 175 top end and he suggested to me a 200 top end,which i eventually went back 2 years later and had! project started in September and after a few visits over the next 6 months it was ready in April,frame had been blasted back to metal,
 forks striped and rebuilt,new panels, all engine block powder coated, same with rims,front dampers added,Kegra Expansion chamber exhaust in stainless fitted, standard GP gearbox,new 

clutch new crank 12 volt Kit fitted,everything was done so neat,loads of rubber added between fixings and panels and headset! it was kind of an in joke with my scooter mates having bits of rubber everywhere! most important was the 175cc top end tuned to a stage 4 with a 28mm dellorto carb,few weeks of messing with carb to get it set up right but once i opened it up,boy this scooter could fly!over that year i put some miles on it, using it for work rallies etc, over 4000 miles i did on it in probably 8 months,towards end of October of that year it was really flying on our way to bridlington for the end of year custom show it was pulling a healthy 70 mph at times and it felt like a bit more was there as well,it would sit and cruise at 55mph-60mph,coming back on a windy Sunday it really flew just as we where getting on to winter it was coming into its own,in 2001 it was out of the shed pretty early that year, loads of rallies come and went it was used for work and at the time me and my wife would go out on Sundays and have a ride out to fox house or ecclesall road to Nonnas the Italian coffee bar people would stop and look and admire, the IOW was a good end to the summer,i was straight back from Greece on the Thursday night and off Friday morning. I was looking to improve it and you always want more speed so back to Ralph's and I had the usual "Told you so" so a 200 casing was sourced and left for ralph to build,over the winter I did the odd thing to it,so come 2002 it was back running and with a few alterations was set to go, engine back in and just running it in,when one Saturday I decided to go the half mile to the cash point,parked up went to the machine turned round and there was a prick reversing into it in a landrover,it got knocked over with the mudguard completely crushed the leg shields damaged forks bent,i went crackers and the guy had the cheek to blame his wife in the passenger seat for not telling him! so it got towed home and the usual insurance pain in the arse,luckily I had some mates who rallied round and we got the odd bodywork to tide me over,eventually all the insurance got sorted and new bodywork painted and ready to go on,i didn't ride it much that year as we where expecting our 1st child and that was the most important thing so the scooter got left a bit, I did a few rallies but not long distance, whilst I still had some spare cash I decided to customise it a little bit,i found a company that would scan and print some of my old favourite record covers on to vinyl think it worked out at £10 each a bargain! as the pictures show they looked rather well and a great job was done by Derek at Absolutely scooters putting them on without creases and the 10 coats of lacquer they had! was well pleased,especially with the one on the legshields,so our son came along and the only rally I did was out in Derbyshire at a Ukrainian scout camp or something! that was 2003 and my last rally, I kind of fell out with the club I was in this was due to changing work patterns and with working nights I just couldn't get to the meetings so I kinda dropped out of the scene,needing a new car for work and family I had to sell the scooter in 2006 which was a hard decision, really regretted it as prices have gone sky high with a lot of "new" faces on the scene,lads who couldn't have scooters when they where young, and now without mortgages have that extra cash,I'm back in the scene a bit and I don't really know many from Sheffield they seem to have sprung up,quite a few of my old club mates just dropped out,in fact quite a few moved on to the VW Beetle and Camper van scene,so I'm back now and lets see how things turn out!

Friday, 28 June 2013

Thursday, 20 June 2013


 Sheffield Aces Scooter Club meet Wednesdays at the Okeh Café in the nether edge area of Sheffield, great café, and run by and for scooterists,mods, whatever you want to call or name,Anyway 2nd trip on Series 2 with my mate Dave (Li150) and the place is quite full of lads having there teas and drinks and admiring each others scooters for the 100th time, just general stuff we all tend to do,Grabbing the most attention was Russell's new creation, his Lambretta Li125 Series 2 with added Watsonian Side Car,Simply Stunning! loads of admiring glances and people driving past slowly to have a peek,the sidecar was stunning trimmed in a very light brown to match the blue/green paintwork,So anyway back to a nice bit of sausage,eggs and chips, and a quick chat and a run out to the Ranmoor Inn  in the "POSH" Part of Sheffield,30 or so scooters set off back along Abbeydale Road along London Rd and then via Ecclesall Rd where people sat outside the cafes and bars all stopped what they where doing to take in this great sight of lambrettas and vespas in different colours and arrangements thrash along, We got to Hunters Bar to turn left and oh dear I'm holding the clutch in and its wanting to go,looks like my clutch cable is going,quick drop down in to neutral and I'm safe,couple more turns and we are climbing up a steep hill towards ranmoor and as we get to the top theres a few cars coming and the scooter is creeping forward so I stalled it and pushed it across the road to the pub!On entering the pub one of the lads had spotted the Piano in the corner and was thrashing out a cracking tune to the delight of the locals,so I got a drink and wandered back outside,tool kit out panels off and a quick adjustment of the clutch cable and its sorted!

What i need to do is have a couple of hours going thru stuff like this lately i've just not had the time,so a quick blast back down to broomhill and then towards ecclesall rd and we are racing each other back up woodseats road towards home!

Sunday, 9 June 2013


So hows that for a rear brake adjuster? Dont think theres anything left in that spring whatsoever! Im quite sure the previous owner never bothered taking the panels off and regularly checking these things.

Here's the front dampers,rusted,seized and useless,So what next? Probably engine oil change and the stainless floor runners replaced with good ole fashioned plastic and a lot safer,bit of rain and the boards become slippy.

Thursday, 6 June 2013


So here we are,1st trip out on series 2, all tested and safe! Wednesday nights is sheffield Aces club meet at the okeh cafe on Abbeydale road(see previous post) the club has been going a couple of years,made up with a mixture off old and new "faces" my son's friends dad has also got a scooter so we paired up, the series2 felt ok,it cut out on me at a junction but otherwise was ok,i think the carb needs tweaking but otherwise it's ok,around 25 scooters made it;with a few having a run out to castleton and the rest went to a meet out in dinnington where a few other clubs arranged to meet.
Me and dave? Well we stopped at cafe and chatted! Then a quick trip home, One step at a time!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013


This great label which launched in the mid 60s, has had quite a resurgence over the last decade with new and old fans buying the great box sets and different genre collections,mod,ska,producers,dance hall etc,now I'm no expert on Jamaican ska whatsoever,i don't know the 1st thing about it,what I do know is they put out some brilliant singles en masse thru out the late 60s and early 70s mainly catering for the skinhead youth of knowledge extends to some of the more popular tunes that where made famous by various 2 tone bands from the late 70s and early 80s,whilst on holiday I had the book "young gifted and black" the story of Trojan records, its a great read and really opened my eyes to this music and the legend around it, it also dispelled  what I thought the label was about, which I thought was a Jamaican based label, was in fact started in London and tended to focus more on the producer then the artiste, over the years Trojan has been in various hands, not surprising with the huge back catalogue, plus other labels which are actually Trojan imprints,meaning the producer had his own label imprint such as doctor bird,its a huge minefield of music and only for the dedicated to put together and chase down every release,the resurgence of vinyl has prompted Trojan to do a release every month of some old tracks that have never seen the light of day,7 inch singles and 10 inch eps in 180grm vinyl are released every month in numbered quantities of 500,the early ones have sold out and are fetching some crazy money on eBay all ready, they look great,the tunes are great the artwork is great,whats not to like? I've chased down a few older Trojan singles via eBay and I cant really believe that I've missed out on some really really great music,plus other labels such as island,treasure isle,top deck and much much more,also websites such as pressure sounds reggae record
providing some great 7 inch vinyl releases.
Me? well I'm buying the Trojan and boss shots releases every month and giving them a spin rather then putting them away never to be played,after all that's what music is for!

Friday, 17 May 2013


Finally got around to getting the series2 tested,off to Armando's scooter shop in Sheffield,which is handy as its 10 Min's ride,the more i looked the scooter over the more i had the feeling it wasn't quite right,once the panels where off the workmanship didn't look very good,i just put it down to it being a different model,however i was proved right,the throttle didn't seem right to much slack in it,and the brakes where very poor,the ride was so bumpy.
I left the bike with Guido and came back an hour later and a buddy was outside the shop,"that bike is nice Pete but got some major issues"oh no here we go,so Guido is telling me its basically a death trap,OK here we go the front forks are seized,the wiring loom is all over the place,and more serious the petrol lever is rubbing away at the cable! I'm sat on a gallon of petrol waiting to be ignited!!the front and back brakes Need replacing,the wiring loom is hanging down over the rear wheel,the brake adjuster spring is at its max,plus the brake cable has been run thru the wrong way,so if the bike has been rode 2 up the weight has been pushing down the rear brake causing it to be on! 
So I'm pretty gutted,i starting getting bad feelings about it,going to cost a bit to put right,but its things i would have been doing anyway only later!

Thursday, 9 May 2013


So here it is! My New Lambretta Li Series 2! not had a scooter since 2005 and its been a long hard slog to get back on the road,prices have shot up over the last few years,i looked at getting a Restoration project and it was looking like going that way, until I produced some badges for a old mate from Rotherham scooter club who put me on to this scooter,just what I wanted as well,been restored by its previous owner who had the engine built by a lad who races scooters and works for Chiselspeed scooters, and the body work was blasted by to bare metal and sprayed by the ever reliable Absolutely Scooters in Sheffield,So I'm near enough back on the road! just a test and then the tax sorted and away we go!The scene has changed quite a bit in the last few years that I've been away,in that time I've seen my son go from nursery to infant school to junior school,from being mad on cars to being mad on football, with most Sunday's stood in a park/football pitch watching him play,not complaining about that at all long may it continue,but it was really strange to get back on scooter,i never realised how attached I came to my old GP200,I knew every nut and bolt, every inch of that scooter it was a part of me!This one I'm just going to ride,not messing around with it at all,going to ride it for a couple of years and then see what the money situation is and maybe have it resprayed in my own colours etc, scooters are a very personal thing,and reflect the owners way of life, unlike cars where the majority of us buy cars on what we have in our pockets and not on colour etc.
So hopefully I will be doing a bit more posting in the near future,i cant seem to get to grips with the mobile app so back to the old school of using the computer!


Monday, 4 March 2013


Taking photos has never been easier,gone are the days of composing your shots and hoping the light and your subject is all present and correct,everybody owns a camera these days or near enough,great Apps such as hipstamatic and instagram make taking even the most ordinary shots look interesting and different,i tend to take quite a lot using my Ipod and using various Apps to achieve a great looking picture,the possibilities are endless,10 people could take the same subject matter and achieve 10 different photos,I'm not banging on about the qualities of such Apps go and download them yourself and have fun trying them out,most are free and if you want to expand the possibilities of these apps pay a couple of quid and Hey Presto!
Here's a photo i took a while back,its an old mill on the side of the Sheffield canal,just before Bernard road bridge,at times the canal is a great looking place and very interesting,and different again from walking the river don which is maybe half a mile away,as you can see i took this on a still day with the buildings on the far bank reflected in the stillness of the canal,i used Snapseed to bring out the colours in the buildings and the canal.Next photo is again of the tinsley canal this time the bacon lane bridge area one of my favourite spots on the canal, a great place to sit and fish for a couple of hours,which i must add i did quite a a hell of a lot a long time ago on this lovely stretch,recently the fishing gear has been back out and i had a great couple of hours on here in early october fishing just up to the reed beds on the far side of the canal just at the side of the bridge
so anyway i probably went a bit far with editing this picture with bringing out the colours way to much,a bit over the top,yet again it was a still day and the reflection shows in the water,ive taken quite a few pictures of this part of the canal thru the various seasons and each one looks different,its certainly an oasis in the middle of industrial sheffield!