Cast your mind back to 2019 and we ran a series about this particular scooter build. It’s a home sprayed and built tribute to 1980s classic, Nosferatu – or ‘Nosferadeux’ as it’s been christened. When we ran the articles there was a bit of controversy. Some parts of the original scooter had been stolen back in the day. They were unwittingly bought by Jer on eBay 30 years later.
Anyway, Jer Crew takes up the story of his tribute to an iconic custom Lambretta.
Well, I bet you thought I’d given up. Not so.
Well not on the build anyway, but the murals proved to be a little tricky, stencilled outlines cut and spray mounted in the ‘right’ order gave me hope to begin with. Then airbrushing of the lips commenced… suffice to say I need some practice. My fogging and starburst game is strong but that’s about it! So out with the modelling brushes (world of Warcraft shhh) but rushing is not the game here.
I tried to replicate the reference picture (it’s not from Rocky Horror honest) and once in a fair state I thought I’d clean the surface for lacquering…. with acetone, oops. This took all the hand-brushed work clean off! Not what I had in mind at all. So with the mantra of ‘if at first you don’t succeed’ etc. in my head – I gave up on this and the left-hand side was completed by the back garden art team.
Balls to the right-hand side then and on with the build; with the usual precision fit of a Bentley the tinwork flew on, only joking – blood, sweat and raw knuckles are the only offering the Lambretta gods will accept and there’s definitely my DNA profile all over those legshields runners!
Anyhow, the completed article was alive and a shakedown to the SWSC Farmyard Rally proved a success (well almost, as 3rd gear was a little elusive!). Much drinking and chatting was enjoyed by all and this is a great location for a small rally too with hay bales to sit on its proper West Country me luvvers.
As ever, Woolacombe rounded off my year’s travels and to my great pleasure, the scoot ran like a dream with Jono and me razzing across the moors like dogfighting fighter pilots. No prizes in the custom show but I think we did alright with rattle cans and back yard logistics, achieving a home-made 80s tribute that was built not bought. All in all, it cost around £2500 but was built from mostly new bits and pieces.
Back to the fold
We’ve managed to resurrect another Lambretta that may not have existed, had a giggle building it and brought back some great memories. Better than that, a good friend has rekindled his love of scootering with a scoot that is just what he would have had back in the day.
Here’s to more fun once these odd times are over, for now – Keep safe nutters.
Words and photos: Jer Crew
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