Arthur Francis

Courtesy of David Dry

I became a biker on my sixteenth birthday, riding a 150cc Francis Barnett restored during the previous five months. A few days later knocking on doors in the Strand and Fleet Street armed with a portfolio prepared at school, I was taken on as a commercial artist by the publishers Newnes and Pearson. The salary was mouth watering, so bigger and better bikes followed until I purchased a Vincent 1000cc Black Shadow V twin. It was the ultimate on the open road but proved hard work in traffic, so I decided a more user friendly stable mate was needed for the daily run into central London.

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Stormin' Norman

Written by Mau Spencer, Editor, Classic Scooterist Scene
Photographs courtesy of Norman Ronald

Mau Spencer editor of Classic Scooterist Scene interviews original member of Team S Equipe.

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Ray Collins, Scooterist Extraordinaire

Written by Mau Spencer
Editor, Classic Scooterist Scene

Raymond Henry Collins was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, on July 16, 1920. He grew up in Bishops Stortford, Herts, where his father had a grocer’s shop.  

Although Ray’s technical and mechanical knowledge had now earned him respect and recognition, it was his time spent working with Don Noys that really made him stand out and shine above his peers.

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Don Noys, Sporting Hero

Written by Frank Osgerby

Don was born in 1930 and throughout the 60's ran a scooter dealership in Croydon .

During this time he took part in many sporting events including road races, the IOM scooter week, record breaking sprints and even attempting the wall of death on
a Lambretta! He was also an amateur journalist writing several articles for the motorcycling / scooter magazines of the day. But he is best known for his attempts on the British scooter speed records in 1964 and 1965 on his famous GT 200 "Stingray".

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Ron Moss, 1969

Written by Ron Moss (aka The White Tornado)

Nev Frost left Supertune to work for Arthur Francis, so Malcolm Clarkson offered to supply me with a Supertune Machine. My most memorable event of that year has to be Cadwell Park, I had entered the specials class as we were still in the regularity trails not racing and the times set were being beaten by Nev in the 200 class. Again disaster in the paddock, piston broke because of to much compression and a crap piston. John Foster to the rescue again, John entered the 200 class so lent me his bike again for the specials.

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SUR 52D

Written by Bob Fletcher

I graduated to ‘S’ type ownership through the normal route, at the time, of an Li150, followed very quickly with a series of TV175’s of various vintages.  One Sunday on a Club run, we happened to be riding through Loughborough and there in a dealer’s window was a metallic red and white 1963 Lambretta TV200. 

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Ray Towle

Number 129 was the Isle of Man 21 28 June 1969. Awarded scooter shield & bar.

Mallory Park 300 ( number 9). This was a regularity trial which required timed laps and the times became quicker as the event progressed. Around my neck is a stop watch and on the inside of the legshield (out of site) would be a lap timing board.

Some images and special interest by Ray Towle-click to see more

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