Yesterday, July 5th 2020, scooter sprinter, Eric Cope went for a little Sunday ride out on his road-legal Lambretta GP and ended up at Elvington airfield. As it happened Straightliners were holding a sprint event on the old airfield for all the fast bikers to prove who has the largest penis.
Eric’s full-bodied (we’re talking scooters now rather than penis length) vintage motor scooter has been fettled a bit by the fine hands of Darrell Taylor up in Doncaster. The scooter is road legal and, like many Lambrettas – has some fancy street racer style paint but this GP really is built for speed, as you can probably tell by that Indian style ‘family of 12’ bench seat. It’s actually made for Eric to get down on when he’s sprinting.
I love it when a plan comes together
Sprinting isn’t as easy as just going fast in a straight line, having the perfect weather conditions, the right state of mind, an engine that does exactly what it’s designed to do, balls of steel and a fair smattering of good luck all play a part. Yesterday gave Eric the perfect equation for a good top speed. The Straighliners event was run over a flying mile (the option to do a half-mile was also available). Eric’s previous best top speed was a not too shabby 112.3mph before he ran out of gearing. He wasn’t going to be caught out this time though so had every conceivable gearing option with him for the four-speed box.
Eric’s first run was just over 119mph yesterday. He knew things were looking good so opened her up and set to with his box of tricks to increase the gearing.
What’s the spec?
- Darrell Taylor tuned RB225 cylinder
- 62mm stroke crank
- 4-speed gearbox
- Standard casings/stud spacings
- 41mm PWK carb
- HPI internal rotor ignition
- Hand made Darrell Taylor/Neil Pettit exhaust
- Powered by race fuel
Terminal top speed: 127.591 mph (205.33kmh)
Fuel consumption: 2 litres per run (including 1.5 miles to the start line and the same coming back)
Cracking the 130mph barrier?
Eric’s times for the flying mile on the virtually brand new engine (only previously run on the dyno) were improving as the day went on. His final run was the big one though, he smashed through the timing lights with a terminal speed of 127.591mph – his 1/2 mile speed was 117.433mph. His little scooter had beaten quite a few bikers as well, sending them off with their tails between their legs. Remember, this is a full-bodied Lambretta GP with the aerodynamic efficiency of a house brick thrown by Joey Deacon.
How does it feel to do 127mph on 10″ wheels?
Scary when the wind came across the track…”
Happy but still wanting more, Eric set to with his gearing again, with the aim of cracking that elusive 130mph barrier. Eric told us “I geared up again after the 127, but they decided to close the track as the timing gear was blown over” There’s always next time though…
Thanks to Eric Cope for the photos
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