Arthur Francis – RIP

Sad news today as we learned that the legendary Arthur Francis has passed away. There can’t be many in the world of scooters that do not know his name, the former scooter shop proprietor having his initials painted on the panels of classic Lambrettas the world over.  Starting out riding motorcycles, it was a Lambretta … Continue reading Arthur Francis – RIP

Gore-Tex: Inventor of waterproof fabric Robert Gore dies aged 83

If you've got some quality rider clothing that keeps you both warm and dry, then chances are if it's not Gore-Tex then is could well be a similar type of thing that has been 'inspired' by said branded material. Robert W Gore’s discovery of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) in the 1960s while working for the family … Continue reading Gore-Tex: Inventor of waterproof fabric Robert Gore dies aged 83

Paul Karslake RIP

We’re sad to announce that artist, scooterist and friend Paul Karslake has sadly passed away after battling pneumonia, according to the Southend Echo website. Privately I’d received a couple of telephone calls from concerned people who had heard rumours, and the family have recently confirmed that the rumours are sadly true.  Born in 1958 and … Continue reading Paul Karslake RIP

Goodbye Jonnie

It was a sad day yesterday as the scooter scene said goodbye to one of the most popular and influential characters within it, Jonnie Bolland. A member of the Stockport Crusaders SC, as well as the current VFM organisation, earlier in December Jonnie sadly succumbed to a long-term illness he had been suffering for a … Continue reading Goodbye Jonnie

RIP Jonnie Bolland – a legend of the scooter scene

  We are sad to learn today of the passing of our friend Jonnie Bolland, a member of the Stockport Crusaders SC and a big part of the VFM team of scooterists.From printing and selling legshield banners in the 1980s to buy his beer at scooter rallies, to organising national events in the 21st century, … Continue reading RIP Jonnie Bolland – a legend of the scooter scene

Dave Webster – RIP

We're sad to learn that former scooter racer, tuner and owner of Midland Scooter Centre passed away yesterday after a battle against cancer. For those of us cutting our scootering-teeth in the 1980s, Dave and MSC were legendary names, and if you wanted a Lambretta then you either wanted Dave to tune it or at … Continue reading Dave Webster – RIP