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photoblog image Darley Moor Classic Races - Part 2 5/6

Darley Moor Classic Races - Part 2 5/6

SCOOTER CRAZY!

I went to my first ever motorcycle race meeting in September, 1961 and in all the races I have been to over the subsequent 50+ years I have never seen scooters racing. They were very exciting and exceedingly noisy as my short video below shows. Here No.28 Stephen Wright on his 172cc.Gilera just leads from No.1 Damon Tunnicliffe on his 240cc.Lambretta. I have now learnt that our good friend Mr.Rolfe took part in scooter events when he was a good deal younger.

 

                           

 

                                                     

                                          

                

Darley Moor Classic Races - Part 2 5/6

SCOOTER CRAZY!

I went to my first ever motorcycle race meeting in September, 1961 and in all the races I have been to over the subsequent 50+ years I have never seen scooters racing. They were very exciting and exceedingly noisy as my short video below shows. Here No.28 Stephen Wright on his 172cc.Gilera just leads from No.1 Damon Tunnicliffe on his 240cc.Lambretta. I have now learnt that our good friend Mr.Rolfe took part in scooter events when he was a good deal younger.

 

                           

 

                                                     

                                          

                

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 29 Apr 2016, 02:51
Most 2 wheelers in SE Asia are scooters, Brian, so scooter racing is quite common here. They have a lower centre of gravity than motorcycles, so riding them is quite different.
Brian Walbey: I've seen film on TV of scooterists riding through the traffic in Far Eastern countries, it is frightening. When I got my Piaggio it took quite a while to get used to it, it is somewhat different than a normal motorbike to ride.
  • Martine
  • United States
  • 29 Apr 2016, 05:59
Les genoux ne sont pas loin du sol.
Brian Walbey: The modern way of riding racing bikes Martine, they have pads sown into the knees of their riding leathers.
A first time to me too Brian! LlVery nice picture.
Thank you for the video.
Brian Walbey: You'll gather from the video these are quite noisy Richard.
One really wonders how it's possible they don't totally flip over in those turns, Brian. I can see why this sport is in your blood....and even in Mr. Rolfe's.
Brian Walbey: One reason they have their knees down is to keep them falling over, and their leathers have special pads sewn into the knees.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Apr 2016, 06:59
Scooters must be for those yet to attain the skill needed to handle a proper bike
Brian Walbey: Far from it Chris, the rate these guys were going they were just as skilled as those on pukka racing bikes.
That chap's knee seems to be in contact with the ground Brian.
Brian Walbey: The modern way of riding racing bikes Chad, they have pads sown into the knees of their riding leathers. In MotoGP, the main world championship class, they lean over to about 60 degrees from vertical these days so using their knees helps them stop sliding over.
  • Pauline
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Apr 2016, 11:03
I've never heard of scooter racing before, Brian.
Brian Walbey: It's been going certainly since they became popular in the 50's although scooters were first invented around 1915.
this is the first time i am seeing seeing serious scooterists, Brian. another fine shot.
Brian Walbey: I really enjoyed their races, a first time for me to see them ridden in such a way.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Apr 2016, 17:23
Great picture and love the YouTube, I often say, sometimes the sound is more than the speed smile
I did not know Mr Rolfe did some racing too...
Thank you for the education in your replies..
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. It appears Alan took part in time trials against the clock rather than straight races against other riders, still a dangerous pastime though.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Apr 2016, 17:26
Never heard of scooter races. From the video it is as if the whole neighbourhood have started their engine powered lawnmowers at the same time. Since most scooters that I know, are automatic and those with manual gear shifts have them on the handle bar, I wonder how they shift these racers. Do you know?
Brian Walbey: In my picture the two on the right are geared and the one on the left (28) is an automatic, but both classes run together sounding like a nest of Bees as they do so smile
Scooter racing... this is new to me too Brian... they sure look strange being so small... i'm sure that they are not stock engines on them....petersmile
Brian Walbey: It's not new Peter but it was the first time I'd seen it. They run stock engines with certain tuning changes allowed I guess.
I would not want to try that on a wet track!
Brian Walbey: I wouldn't want to try it on any track, mind you my 50cc.Piaggio I finally got rid of about 3 years ago was very quick. The delimiter to stop it doing over 30 mph. had been taken off and a few times I got over 60 mph.showing on the speedo, a bit hairy to say the least!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Apr 2016, 20:18
Happy memories. The events I took part in where against the clock rather against other riders; somethings odd with the insurance, I believe. The chap in green seems to be riding a very small machine.
Brian Walbey: The chap in Green was the overall winner, geared and automatics were running together, and his was a 240cc.Lambretta.

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