National Classic Sooter Rally 2011 Fremantle
(all photos ©Wolfwerk Photography)
On the 29th of September S.S Scooter Engineering stepped off the plane at Fremantle with the guys and girls from the Ardly Normal Scooter Crew. All 24 of us were anxious to get to the shipping yard to unload our classic scooters from the 20 foot container. The „Squadron Leader“ of the Ardly Normals, Oly Ashworth had spent the last 12 months not ony organising the shipment,but also accomodation, and flights for all of us, and it all was pulled off with military precicion. Without Oly’s dedication, commitment, efficiency and his „expecting“wife Mazza patience (congratulations guys) we would not of been there. So a big thank you from all of us.
I had already missed my SS90 and my wife Fiona could not wait to ride her 22hpVNB street racer on the streets of Fremantle.
My ss90 fired up perfectly and Fiona was screaming down the freeway when I encoured my first hipcup. My ss90 was starting to miss-fire going up the bigger hills. But I got to Freo safely and had a few beers with the crew to acquint ourselves to the local brew and forget about the gremlins that were lurking in my machine.
The next day we met at the E sheds on the docks of Freo, and a couple of hundred scooters were there to greet us. All I could see were beautiful classic scooters everyewhere, and faces and mates I knew from previous rallies. All I could think was, „Wow the boys in Western Australia sure know how to restore these classic machines“.
We set off with all the excitement I had when I was a lad going on a run. But with only 20km into the run, I knew there was a problem. My SS90 was miss-firing all over the place. I knew it was electrical, but I wanted to ride the beautiful coastal roads we were on.
I knew the smallest hill will kill the day, and it did. With a cough and a splatter the SS90 wound down to a complete stop. All I could do was wait for the back up van to pick me up. With the gracious Carol at the helm of her husband Phils van we loaded the scooter. From the window I could see all the beauty of the Western Australian coastline and I was determined to get her on the road for the next day.
With the help of Ron from Casalambretta, Jimmy in back up van, and Evo and Roberto from the Vespa Shop, I got the tools out and diagnosed an imminant condensor failure. I quickly replaced and rewired the plate, but I knew that I had a bad run of condensors recently, so I did not hold my breath.
No Spark…..dud condensor….I knew it…..it must of been the batch made on the Friday before the Italian summer holidays. But at 9:45am I got her going, just in time for the ride up to the hills. What a ride. I was in the midst of the Paradise Lost Scooter Clubs beautiful street racers, restored Lambretta’s and Vespa’s, riding up through dense bushland that showed the scars of raging bushfires from a hot summer the year before. My SS90 was blazing down the road keeping up with GP200’s and Fiona was screaming down the road giving the RB240’s a run for their money.
And that night, the Do was even better than the night before. It was held at a venue used to be a aircraft hanger, called the Fly By. The Paradise Lost Club could really put on a great event.
On the morning of the show and shine day, we were all feeling a little worse for wear but another 80km ride was on order to a small German brewery in the Swan Valley.
At the event S.S Scooter had fun selling our shirts, hats and merchandise and had the opportunty to meet more wonderful people from the scooter community from all around Australia. We were also honoured in taking out the Best Unrestored Vespa with my SS90.
The rally was drawing to a close, but the Paradise Lost Scooter Club had another ace up there sleeve for the evening’s celebration at Devilles. Ska and garage bands, a volcano in the middle of the dance floor and go-go girls fired us up to dance the night away .
A huge thank you to the Paradise Lost Scooter Club, not only for hosting one of the great scooter rallies I have been too, but for their generosity, friendship, hospitality and showing us all what a great Australian scooter club can be.
I cant wait untill next years Classic National on the Gold Coat hosted by the Borderline Nuisance. I have already started the next projects. My nitrous Vespa Sprint is being rebuilt, faster and badder than ever and a Vespa PE restyled in GS body panels is already underway.
Hope to see you all there next year, and check in with S.S Scooter Engineering if you need any assitance with your classic scooter.
all photos ©Wolfwerk Photography