Burton is often the place fresh custom scooters are revealed for the new scooter show season…
An unseasonably mild February coupled with a threat of rain was the forecast for our ride to the Burton Brewers Custom Show, my first event of the year which was perfect for blowing away the proverbial cobwebs.
The brewery location in the centre of Burton had a car park crammed full of scooters upon arrival, the age-old tale of what was parked up outside being as worthy of investigation as those entered into the show through the doors.
Admiration complete, and with catch-up chats ongoing, there was just time to catch Living on the Breadline and a couple of intriguing ratty chops by the entrance where after being relieved of a measly £3 we were met by an enthusiastic Harry Barlow of Pro Porting keen to show off his winter fettling.
But this is a family website so we’ll move on, through the yard where dozens of dealers had set up shop, into the marquees where there were yet more dealers, and the show scooters.
Being the first scooter event of its kind in the year I was surprised not to find more on display. That said, a sprinkling of new and previously unseen machines attracted attention enough, which is what both organisers and owners like to see.
The Blondie themed Atomic Lambretta – complete with murals from Col at Garage Artwerks and engraving by Don Blocksidge – was very eye-catching indeed, as were the metalflaked GPs parked alongside it near the stage.
An 80s style metalflake Vespa PX also won a trophy (as well as a piece of my heart – new idea now in mind for my P2!), as did the Vespa SS90 parked on the stage.
The classic Lambretta category included a tidy original Lui 75S model, along with nicely restored examples of a Model C and LD, while the non-Lambretta/Vespa classic section of the VMSC was represented by an IWL Berlin.
Both bike and auto engined Lambrettas made an appearance, and as is the way at Burton, there are always a couple of tidy autos and this year an Italjet Dragster took home a trophy or two. Thinking about it, the Dragster will surely qualify for a classic class soon. Yes folks, it was that long ago…
Amy Winehouse, Northern Soul, ska, The Prodigy and a clever twist on Jack Daniels were all inspiration for other scooters on display, which for a day out followed by a do in evening represents both a good value for money and a great was to start the 2017 scooter season.
See you at the next one.
Words and main pics: Andy Gillard, ScooterNova