Scooter obsessed granny declares herself country's oldest mod

Gazette: Scooter obsessed granny declares herself country's oldest mod Scooter obsessed granny declares herself country's oldest mod

IS this scooter obsessed granny the oldest mod in Britain?

Maureen Lear, who turns 70-years-old next month, has been riding Vespas since passing her test in 1961.

She owns a parka jacket, Doc Martin boots, listens to The Who, and has pictures of cult mod film, Quadrophenia, hanging in her home in Rayleigh Close, Colchester.

Now moving into her seventh decade, she has re-applied for her licence and backs frequent tests for older drivers.

Full interview in Monday's Gazette.

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6:00pm Wed 6 Feb 13

jeffbridges says...

go granny go girl :)
go granny go girl :) jeffbridges

1:43am Thu 7 Feb 13

Boris says...

Shame she doesn't ride Lambrettas, which are altogether superior, but never mind, she has the right spirit. Well done, Maureen, keep going till age 100 and beyond.
Shame she doesn't ride Lambrettas, which are altogether superior, but never mind, she has the right spirit. Well done, Maureen, keep going till age 100 and beyond. Boris

9:06am Thu 7 Feb 13

jeffbridges says...

good reply Boris, and no doubt Maureen will enjoy your comments.
I have been on scooter ride outs where young Maureen was there also, and so I know of her enthusiasm.
While I read with great Interest your comments, the thing is Boris, your sadly wrong.
Lambrettas were stopped production in the few different countries that produced them some years ago,
Italy, Spain and India being some.
but vespas not only are still in production in Italy "again", but India has never stopped producing them, and other countries I believe,Including some older series being built/cloned in soviet Russia at one time.
The last few years or so have seen LML versions modernised far greatly with the introduction of ergonomic 4 stroke engines as a choice from its oil injected 2 stroke engines.
the Indian built copy under license has been sold succesfuly all over the world including most states of America under its Stella brand name, plus the UK brand name of LML
For the most strictest of emission compliance laws in USA, the 4 stroke versions easily passes its tests for use, while other loving owners in the majority of states still use the pop poping noise of its 2 strokes.
Italy is rumoured to be considering banning its 2 stroke in major cities also!
For years vespa clones were as of good if not better then original built versions, prompting Vespas italian factories to begin rebuilding the vespa seen in the picture, but, by using many LML manufactored componants.

2 or 4 stroke, modern day scootering excells its self on production and enjoying front disc braking of far greater superiority than the older Lambrettas of your choice.
(the rare Lambretta front disc brake was never succesfull)

Now, Lambrettas, or its clones, Boris, can you remember the last year of any world wide countries production?
LOL
personal choice dictates the way we purchase things,
Vespas we still purchase,
Lambrettas can only be purchased as old scooters, rebuilt & modernised.

*namesake modern replica auto models excluded*

Me, I ride Vespas,
noisey but nice smelling 2t versions,
but of course Boris. :)
good reply Boris, and no doubt Maureen will enjoy your comments. I have been on scooter ride outs where young Maureen was there also, and so I know of her enthusiasm. While I read with great Interest your comments, the thing is Boris, your sadly wrong. Lambrettas were stopped production in the few different countries that produced them some years ago, Italy, Spain and India being some. but vespas not only are still in production in Italy "again", but India has never stopped producing them, and other countries I believe,Including some older series being built/cloned in soviet Russia at one time. The last few years or so have seen LML versions modernised far greatly with the introduction of ergonomic 4 stroke engines as a choice from its oil injected 2 stroke engines. the Indian built copy under license has been sold succesfuly all over the world including most states of America under its Stella brand name, plus the UK brand name of LML For the most strictest of emission compliance laws in USA, the 4 stroke versions easily passes its tests for use, while other loving owners in the majority of states still use the pop poping noise of its 2 strokes. Italy is rumoured to be considering banning its 2 stroke in major cities also! For years vespa clones were as of good if not better then original built versions, prompting Vespas italian factories to begin rebuilding the vespa seen in the picture, but, by using many LML manufactored componants. 2 or 4 stroke, modern day scootering excells its self on production and enjoying front disc braking of far greater superiority than the older Lambrettas of your choice. (the rare Lambretta front disc brake was never succesfull) Now, Lambrettas, or its clones, Boris, can you remember the last year of any world wide countries production? LOL personal choice dictates the way we purchase things, Vespas we still purchase, Lambrettas can only be purchased as old scooters, rebuilt & modernised. *namesake modern replica auto models excluded* Me, I ride Vespas, noisey but nice smelling 2t versions, but of course Boris. :) jeffbridges

12:51pm Thu 7 Feb 13

wellnow says...

God l wonder how long he has waited to get that item of nauseating fact into print.
God l wonder how long he has waited to get that item of nauseating fact into print. wellnow

4:12pm Thu 7 Feb 13

jeffbridges says...

wellnow wrote:
God l wonder how long he has waited to get that item of nauseating fact into print.
nauseating?
simply a slice of fact to correct those as wise as Boris.

but thankyou for you Imput also.

we wait with baited breathe for your pearls of wisdom now wellnow.
[quote][p][bold]wellnow[/bold] wrote: God l wonder how long he has waited to get that item of nauseating fact into print.[/p][/quote]nauseating? simply a slice of fact to correct those as wise as Boris. but thankyou for you Imput also. we wait with baited breathe for your pearls of wisdom now wellnow. jeffbridges

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