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BRITISH MOTOR SCOOTERS  (1946-70) by Robin Spalding.

This book covers in detail over 40  British scooters made from post World War Two to the time  the last scooter was made in Britain in the late 1960s.  In addition to the scooters that went into full production it features the manufacturers who made a prototype machine or a small batch of scooters.  Instead of the A-Z format the book has been prepared in chronological order based on production years, this allows additional information concerning other similar forms of two-wheeled transport, and comments on the situation in other countries, to be included at the appropriate time.

It details all the famous British motorcycle manufactures who made scooters including BSA/Triumph, AMC/James, Phelon & Moore - who built the Princess for ladies - and Velocette who made their large 250cc Viceroy with advertisements shouting 'Built for Men!!  Two of the smaller motorcycle companies had scooters at the London Earls Court Show at the right time in the mid 1950s, the DMW Bambi (1955) and the Sun Geni (1956), but unfortunately the large companies waited until 1959 and the early 1960s before announcing their scooters leaving it far too late to compete in anyway with the  European market leaders  such as Zundapp, Heinkel, Vespa and Lambretta.

Many people think that the first motor scooter was the Italian Vespa of 1946 – this was in fact the start of the third scooter boom – the book therefore starts with brief information on the scooters made following World War One, those made in America after the Great Depression in the 1930s, and the Military scooters used in the Second World War. It concludes with the scene today for the collectors and restorers of these 1950/60s British motor scooters.

The Foreword for the book has been written by James Robinson, editor, The Classic MotorCycle magazine.  Available in September in A4 format the book has over 190 pages showing coloured photographs of all 43 scooters in the British scooter collection, the retail price is £22.95 plus £3.95 P&P with a special club price of £19.50 plus £3.95 P&P.