Any old iron? Bring out yer dead! The annual autumn parts fair kicked off at Wicksteed Park last Sunday. Time to clear out the shed, dump your unwanted/unused and rusty junk and maybe go home with next years unfinished project. It’s scooter recycling time at Wicksteed Park.
With the rally season gradually drawing to a close for another year & with winter fast approaching thoughts quickly turn to winter projects, essential maintenance & non-essential tinkering! With hastily scrawled lists in hand hundreds of likeminded bargain hunters headed to one of the largest scooter parts fairs in the U.K. at Wicksteed Park in Kettering. The good weather saw a steady stream of punters through the gate after the early queues had eventually died down.
Inside there was certainly something for everyone, with clothing, music, chrome, rust, oil, new & old parts in equal measures. You’ll always spot an oddity or two for sale at Wicksteed. Lurking in a trailer a Spanish Lambretta/Servetta Puma motorbike was up for grabs – along with a weird unicycle contraption? In amongst the many crates & boxes there were bargains to be had, especially if you fancied a haggle. Several representatives from scooter racing teams were also spotted grabbing gearbox components to be crafted into their own concoction of close ratio boxes which we will see screaming around the track next season.
Being such a large event (or maybe it’s the swings & slides there?!) Wicksteed even attracts dealers from mainland Europe, with ‘ Sam over again from Belgium with a van load of goodies. One relatively new name to the UK is Bollag Motos who had a display of quality new products for the old wide frame Vespas. The big bottomed girls have been pretty neglected over the years, but Swiss Ralph Bollag has developed several components to help improve the performance & handling of the 50’s machines.
His well presented stall drew many people to enquire about the products, with Ralph’s own 151cc cylinder kit offering up to 10bhp. For a motor originally producing 3.5bhp this gives an excellent improvement over the standard ride and is probably as much as you’d want to put through the old girl’s portly frame! Also on show were trick suspension solutions, adaptors to allow PX exhausts to be used and a selection of cranks, ignitions & clutch components that Ralph has developed and selected with some of the well-respected names in scootering, ensuring quality & reliability are achieved.
The UK dealers are never far behind when it comes to innovation. A visit to the Oiltech stall to look at their rear disk brake set up, or a drool over the T6 (225cc T5 kit) on Harry Barlow’s Pro Porting stall amongst others demonstrated our home-grown talent, both displaying the fruits of their hard labour.
Another stall drawing in the crowds was KMT Products who offered a huge selection of UK made performance jets for all carb set ups. Can the design of a jet really make a difference to the performance of your scooter? I can feel another SLUKing dyno test coming on.
Whether you attended the parts fair just for a ride out, a chat with friends new & old or to find those bargains for your winter projects Wicksteed was as popular as ever. I’m sure it will be equally as popular at the next one in the New Year just a lot colder.
Words and photos: Shaun Hodgkin