The latest issue of ScooterNova Magazine was waiting on my doormat when I got home last night. I'm fortunate in that I occasionally get to contribute photography and text, and for the latest issue I photographed VVC member, Mick Biddulph's very early Douglas Rod model.
My 35mm film photos were taken early January, on a visit to the re-located Wessex Scooters workshop in Brimpton, between Newbury and Reading, in Berkshire. I photo'd the Rod with the VVC JOURNAL and ScooterNova in mind as it directly appeals to readers of both publications. The larger format of SN allows greater space for photos and more space for copy - not enough space in the JOURNAL often puts limits on content when filling it with a cross-section of material.
No.495 off of the Kingswood production line, Mick's Rod left the Douglas Bristol factory in April 1951, after production began on March 31st. There will be a future JOURNAL article to follow on JRK 592 but in the meantime you can read the full-scale story in the current issue of ScooterNova.
A magazine which covers all scooter marques and despite my vested interest, the in-depth writing and knowledge displayed is excellent and makes for great reading. Always full with a variety of articles, its bi-monthly publication is about right as I find it usually takes me a couple of months to get through it. I can definitely recommend it to those with a leaning towards classic scooters and as the News page of the new VVC website is about highlighting points and items of interest, ScooterNova Issue 12 definitely ticks that box too!
One article I can’t wait to read in issue 12 is a trip undertaken by two Indian riders on their Lambrettas from the southern tip of India to the Himalayas..
ScooterNova Issue 12 can be purchased from all good scooter shops and online here - www.scooternova.bigcartel.com