Andy

Nickname

Not so much now, but during my army days everyone knew me as “Swampy”

Birth

Scunthorpe, Humberside, UK

Occupation

General  Manager, rail industry and associated services

Based

Churchlands

Favourite model

Airfix Lancaster Bomber 1:76 scale

First interest in scooters

As a 6 year old watching my uncle fix a foxtail to his Vespa. Then forgot about it for 45 years but owned a variety of bikes, scooters and mopeds in between, including a Cossack Ural combination with sidecar on the continental side –an interesting ride for passengers.

Current scooters

1974 Vespa Sprint Veloce / 1968 Vespa VBB/ Lambretta GP 200 (bought with the proceeds of sale from my GTV250 (a Vespa auto) ; my garage is now “pure” ! Ask me about the GP, it has an interesting history which I may divulge, but only after a few amber throat charmers.

Former scooters

Something by Honda a long time ago, a Gitane (obscure French marque) and a GTV 250 (see above!)

Most useful tool in the shed

Needle nose pliers and my visigrips which also double as a bottle opener.

Most embarrassing moment

Took Mrs M. For brekky one Sunday at Scarborough Beach. Parked in an empty row of bike spaces. Emerged 1 hr later to find scooter amongst 20 or so Harleys ridden by 30 or so hairies. “Don’t be intimidated boys, I’m about to start the Vespa” quoth I, and pop-popped away to howls of derision.

Poison of choice

Paraquat weed killer–lethal in seconds and tasteless. When taking time off from poisoning people it’s red wine under $10 or Abbott Ale (has same qualities as paraquat)

Top restoration tips

Take it slowly, drink heavily, hide the receipts and try to remember that you also have a wife and family. Have a shower before trying to make it up to your neglected partner; you may not know it but you actually do smell like an oily rag. Mmmm , lovely (not).

Best gig

The Jam, Victoria Hall Hanley 1977. Support band was The Slits.

Top 5 playlist

1.     Blues harmonica, loud, dirty, distorted and amplified

2.     Guitar (as above)

3.     Spoons

4.     Can’t play anything else