Lost Ruffler & Walker racer

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First a disclaimer... I too never had anything to do with scooters..nasty things, I started with a Kawasaki 250 and ended with a Suzuki trials bike in road trim.
arrgee wrote: Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:45 amThe style of those scooters with single seats suggests that this was based on 1950s style which predate 'mods and rocker' days of the early to mid 1960s.
Not so, the models are very close to the Vespa 150 which was made from 1960 onwards (still being made in India).

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john t peterson wrote: Sun Jul 11, 2021 10:38 pmI realize that it is a British game but why didn't they put the riders on BSA, Triumph, Norton, Royal Enfield or some other cool English motorcycle instead of those sissy scooters?
John, bearing in mind the above the scooter race makes perfect sense. At that time 10s of thousands of scooter riders (Mods) were descending on the seaside resorts on bank holidays to attempt to throw deck chairs and motorcycle riders (rockers) off the pier. The arcades were jammed packed with anorak-wearing mods who would have loved to race plastic scooters in a slot machine. Historical note:- Rockers were in decline by the mid '60s, so were heavily outnumbered by the mods, but we still put up a good show and many a mod had to use his stupid anorak as a life jacket. !!CRASH!!

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Maybe a prototype which was put through a few trade fairs for feedback and not taken on for wider production based on operator feedback. As mentioned, there were a lotta mods around, so would have thought it would have been popular. !!THUMBSX2!!
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Interesting, as the scooter style is 1950s. Does this make it one of the first racers made by Ruffler & Walker then? Just a thought. Any more ideas etc. please.
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It's not, it was available till 1976.
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Those scooters remind me of the Zundapp Bella, rather than anything Italian.
There's a little of the Lambretta LD about them, though.
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Are you going to refurbish the case mr. m, or use it as is?
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Totally refurbish from top to bottom, as it will be joining my other racers when finished.
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Look forward to seeing the refurbished machine. !!THUMBSX2!!
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These scooters were made by Mettoy in various colours. I have a green one somewhere.
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daveslot wrote: Wed Jul 14, 2021 4:31 pmThese scooters were made by Mettoy in various colours
Could well have been based upon the Lambretta MK LD first produced in 1951. The Mettoy models have more than a marked likeness to this scooter.
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