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Veteran Vespa Club - About the CommitteePresident - Frank Brookes
Frank Brookes has had a continuous relationship with Vespas since on leaving the Navy in 1959 when he trained as a Vespa mechanic. In his day, Frank was a very active competition rider. Highlights include being part of the Vespa Club of Britain team in several European Vespa regularity championships.
Frank had the idea of forming a club catering exclusively for older Vespas in 1964 – long before the idea of preserving post war vehicles was fashionable. He personally organised the first Veteran Vespa run from Tattenham Corner, Epsom, to Brighton in 1964. Since then the Veteran Vespa club has gone from strength to strength always with guidance from Frank. These days he lives in retirement in Brighton with his wife Jean. Although he doesn’t do any actual riding these days, Frank still takes an active role in the club’s activities
Life Vice President - Margaret Farquhar Click Here for Tribute Page
Margaret has it seems been involved with Vespas most of her life. She attended her first scooter rally in 1954 at Oxford. Margaret was Secretary to the legendary Bill Bond and at one time worked for Douglas Vespa in Bristol. Today she lives in Warwickshire and is retired. Margaret formally resigned as Hon. Treasurer of the club after 32 years service in that position. She was presented with a bouquet and made a Life Vice President in recognition of her considerable contribution to the VVC.
Chairman, Membership Secretary - Roger Smith
Started out life with a beloved GS150 in the early sixties, rested up for 30+ years and now feeling revitalised with an active vespa collection. Riding one of my vintage vespas to the annual Eurovespa pilgrimage gives me a buzz as does seeing friends and colleagues enjoying
the camaraderie that Vespas inspire.
General Secretary - Paul Carr
Paul’s love of Vespa’s dates back to the early 1980’s, purchasing his 1st scooter aged 15 which was a PK50, from there he progressed to a PX125 which he rode to many rally’s and events over the next couple of years. In 1987 Paul purchased an older Vespa, a 1965 Sportique Grand Luxe which he still owns and rides to this day. He has recently purchased a 1963 Vespa GL which he is looking at restoring.
His love of Vespa’s has been passed down to his son who owns a 1976 Vespa TS.
Paul joined the VVC in 2003 after attending his first rally for 15 years at Brockham, since then he has assisted at a many of the VVC rallies as well as DJ’ing at some of them.
Treasurer & Web Manager - Peter Rose
Peter got involved with Vespa in 1960 and was an active member of Luton VC until around 1966.He took early retirement in 1995 when he purchased a PX to get back into scootering. He re-joined VVC. He has restored a SS180 to replicate the last Vespa he owned in the 60's. He has rebuilt a German made GS3. For day to day travel he also owns a PX 150 which he rides regularly. Married to Carole who also gets involved in the VVC events. Living in Hertfordshire, Peter is also involved with Herts Beds Vespa Club.
Committee Member/Editor & Public Relation Officer - Ashley Lenton
Ashley Lenton is a retired British Telecom Manager who lives in Brighton with his wife Annette. Ashley was a committee member of the club from 1984-88 and again since 1998.
Ashley got his first scooter in 1967 and was originally a confirmed Lambretta enthusiast. However, after a period of helping a friend “do up” GSs he changed to Vespas forever in 1969. Ashley has owned scooters consistently since these days (though he kept a bit quiet about it in the ‘seventies) and has had about thirty GS models of various sorts –though many of these were non-runners. Currently his road scooters are a pair of GS 160s.
In the past, Ashley has written regularly for British Scooterist Scene and Scooter Scene. Currently he writes for Scooterist Scene and edits (and mostly writes) the Veteran Vespa Club Journal. Unless otherwise stated, all the words on this web site are his. Various doomed ventures have included commissioning a model and producing posters, Ashley was lucky to get given large quantities of “Jag Lights” and GS speedos in the late seventies –and even more lucky to find people that he could give them away to in the early eighties. He wishes it to be known that he just doesn’t care that he’s lost money on every aspect of scootering – he’d do it all again.
Committee Member/Sponsorship - Chris Wainwright
Chris Wainwright from Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
I first fell in love with scooters at the age of 7 when I was sat on my uncle’s shiny red Lambretta back in 1974. I didn’t really understand what it was at the time, I just knew I wanted one.
I embraced Modernism in 1978 during the fantastic revival and immersed myself completely with the whole scene, the clothes, the music and the style. As soon as I was old enough I purchased my first scooter, a brand new Vespa 50 Special, in January 1984, and have owned Vespas ever since.
I became a V.V.C. member in 2008 and attended my first Rally at Dorking. We were welcomed with open arms, and have attended every rally from then on.
I was asked to become a committee member at the AGM in 2011 where my club duties are sponsorship coordinator and event marshal.
What makes the VVC special for me is the camaraderie, the fun and the pleasure it gives to be part of something with other likeminded people sharing our passion for the classic Vespa.
This is our gang! And I am proud to be part of it.
Committee Member - Richard Rawlins
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