Roy 'Royspeed Cary outside his shop on closing day 2010
Roy ‘Royspeed Cary outside his shop on closing day 2010

Sad news reaches us that Roy Cary, the Roy in Royspeed, owner of Roy of Hornchurch passed away peacefully at home yesterday morning (18th, February 2021). Roy’s shop was well known for pushing the boundaries of Lambretta tuning back in the day and his Royspeed logo adorned many scooter side panels. 

Back in 1971, his tuning options included a top-end tune to race spec, 30mm Dell’Orto and Royspeed exhaust (amongst others). His dealer specials would be finished with Royspeed and the rider’s name sign written on the side panels.

Local scooterists gathered near the shop for a tribute to Roy when the shop closed for the last time - Roy watches them pass
Local scooterists gathered near the shop for a tribute to Roy when the shop closed for the last time – Roy watches them pass

‘Roy of Hornchurch’ were situated at 35 High Street, Hornchurch. Over the years, aside from being both a Lambretta and Vespa dealership, Roy had several other business interests and connections including being the UK Fantic Motor concessionaire. Over the years the business had moved away from scooters and stocked high-end Italian branded children’s products, ride-on toys and accessories. They moved to new premises in 2010 and Roy finally retired in early 2020.

Roy leaves his lovely wife, Helen, a son and very many friends who are sad at his passing. We’d like to give our sincere condolences at this sad time.
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