the solent city scooter club dave tooley mallory park 1970       

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Black Death


Black Death
By Dave Tooley


Solent City Scooter Club racing activities were limited to only a few determined and resolute individuals; namely Keith Champion, Marten Holdway and myself ( Dave Tooley).

After Keith and I had our abortive ride to Mallory Park on his Wildcat 150, I decided to build him a bike dedicated only to racing.

It was cobbled together, as usual, from a hybrid group of abandoned Lambretta's of dubious pedigree from the Gosport area.

I can remember that bike like I built it yesterday. It was sprayed Matt Black (from a Dag aerosol) because that was the easiest way of covering up the varieties of different coloured parts it had been built up from.  I had hand painted (in vivid yellow, and very bad taste) the words 'Black Death' on the front legshields.

The engine was an Li 150 'sort of wildcat'  In other words, a combination of anything in the way of go faster goodies I'd managed to scrounge from Les Rafferty.

I'd race ported the barrel myself after studying Les Rafferty's methods, but to be quite honest it was hopelessly outclassed in the 150 specials but was sufficiently quick to give a few of the also rans a run for their money.

I remember on it's first outing at Lydden in Kent Keith crashed it at the top of Hairy Hill whilst trying to make up for its power shortage by taking risks on the bends, but he wasn't badly hurt. Incidentally this was the same meeting that Les came a really bad cropper whilst riding passenger for George Matthews on the sidecars, so we had someone far more important to worry about.



Solent City Scooter Club
The Clubs Formation
My First Scooter
The Weekly Meetings
Trips to Stoney Cross
The Meeting Places of the Club
The Club Warehouse
The Thorngate Halls Disco
The Club Newsletter
Miss Solent City
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Members Tales Then and Now
Angela Twigg
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David Seymour
John Coles Metalflake SX
Keith Champion
Muriel Rowe
Kenny Erridge
Mick Estlick
Colin Fry and Debbie
Dave Tooley
Trevor Aspden
Phil Blatch
Terry Langridge
Pete Boyle
John Searle and Jackie Catchpole
Pete Thomas
Marten Holdway
John Olde
Chris Bracey
Mick Platts (Digger)
Ken Jackson
Colin Thompson
Articles on Scooter Racing
Scooter Racing
Crystal Palace
Mallory Park
Lydden Hill
Castle Combe
Black Death
Les Rafferty
Scooter Rallys
The Southend Scooter Rally 1970
The Isle of Wight Rally 1970
The Comax Rally
Other Tales to Tell
Tales from the River Bank
Suzuki Stinger
Speed Cop
Ned Newman
Taking the Mick
Memories from Daves garage
First Blood
Club Party
Martens Wildcat Gp225
Such a Teaser
Braggers and Bullshitters
End of an Era
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