the solent city scooter club dave tooley mallory park 1970       

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Pete Thomas

By Dave Tooley

Pete Thomas was the tall guy with the deep baritone voice who was the mastermind behind our flame red Solent City Scooter Club banners we all proudly displayed across the front of our bikes.  Everybody who was a Club member had one.  They were laboriously individually hand made by only Pete himself, and must have taken ages to produce.

Pete Thomas with club Banner

I seemed to have the idea he was an Art student, but Colin Thompson seemed to think differently, so I stand corrected.

Pete was another of those members who would turn out, rain or shine, for the regular Sunday runs on his Li 150cc Scooter.  I remember him reluctantly agreeing to take me as pillion to Stoney Cross out in the New Forest one Sunday when my bike had decided to throw a wobbly.  We had a quick practice run down the road, and he quickly realised my pathetic wimpy 8 stone frame wasn’t going to affect his bikes performance in the slightest.  His bike never seemed to want to start on the kick-start lever, and we always had to bump start it before we went anywhere.

He was another one of those club members who just one day disappeared and was never seen again. 
I think there must be an alternative universe somewhere full of old and disappeared Scooter Club members, though I think the demon ‘CAR’ had a lot to do with it. 

If it hadn’t been for my transformation across to Scooter Racing I would probably have gone the same way after I acquired my car license, though I really missed the social side of the club when it all suddenly ended.




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
Grumpy Old Man Blog have some fun
Scooter Picture Gallery
Contact Us
The Member List
Members Tales Then and Now
Angela Twigg
Dermot Omalley
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
Other Websites of Interest



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