the solent city scooter club dave tooley mallory park 1970       

Tales of adventure, stupidness, teenage sex desires, friendships a great time was had by all and I remember it just                                  




Colin Thompson


Well hello Colin another one of the old lads found the site, it's great to hear from you Colin.

Hi Guys, Chris Bracey pointed me at the site, the cameos of the individuals took me back, it's amazing how my memory has faded after nearly 40 years but yours seem to be pretty clear.
Unlike some of the more prominent members, I guess I was more of a social scooterist especially as I started out as a mod, I only went to a couple of rallies though I did go to Lydden Hill with Champs a couple of times. I also remember spending ages trying to get unhappy bikes to run especially Digger's 225. I had a lock up that I rented from a neighbour and used to have a number of bikes turn up just to hang out .
Yes I did date Muriel for quite a while, then Steve Fletcher took over from me. Pete Thomas was going out with Barbara her sister at about the same time.
I see one of my photos from Dave's site has been put to good use showing clips of JC and Keith C, I remember that being taken at a do we went to in the Portsmouth Guildhall.

Colin Thompson, John Coles, Keith Champion etc

I think the freezing cold IOW was the last rally before I gave up my GT for a mini. In Ken Jackson's notes, the coffee bar we used to go to in Stoke Road was the Intrigue, it had a record shop in front and the coffee bar out the back.

I'm living in Surrey at the mo, I have a Li150S (Golden Special) bought with the assistance of Chris B (he found it, I paid for it) which I have restored in pearlescant white and metallic blue. The restoration was really simple, I remembered how to strip and rebuild a bike and engine as if it were yesterday. What makes it really easy is that these days, I have some decent tools, back then, metric spanners were rare and I was poor so the quality of the tools was dubious.
I have the original engine sitting restored on my work bench but it wasn't quick enough so I now have a GP200 engine fitted and converted the front forks to accommodate dampers and a rebuilt disc brake. It looks like a GT and even though they could be a bit unreliable, I'd rather have the real thing, it's just that they are stupid prices these days. Hindsight is great, if only I had kept my bike from then.


Colin Thompson


(Don't we all Colin I heard my old GP went for £4500.00 in a box in bits)



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