Lambretta enthusiast Warren Shaw helps Lincoln and Newark Riders' Collective claim national trophy
Lambretta enthusiasts are delighted after winning a national trophy that they have been pursuing for five years.
Warren Shaw, of High Street, Collingham, is a founder member of the Lincoln and Newark Scooter Riders’ Collective and also a member of the Lambretta Club of Great Britain.
The collective has been presented with a cup marking their victory in an annual challenge to find the scooter club whose members have clocked up the most miles attending rallies through the year.
“We knew we had won it at the last rally of the year in Bridlington in October, but it was announced in December and we have just been presented with the trophy at the Lambretta Club’s annual meeting at the Park Hotel in Rotherham,” Warren said.
“It was a fantastic night. We have been chasing the championship hard for five years and we came second five years ago, four years ago and also three years ago.”
On top of the team prize, shared by the collective’s 32 riders, the individual trophy for the most miles covered was won by Lincoln member Paul Dodsworth, who works at British Sugar’s Newark plant.
“We have put in serious miles — we have covered over 90,000 miles as a club to win this,” said Warren.
We virtually have to go to the four corners of the UK to do it, and five members went over the water four times — to Belgium, the Isle of Wight, Southern Ireland and Spain.”
Members typically buy special, American-made Airhawk saddles to soften the demands of riding such long distances on Lambrettas.
Warren points out that he and his members are not Mods. “We are scooter enthusiasts, but we weren’t Mods in the 1970s and we’re not Mods now. It’s unbelievably difficult to persuade people that there’s a difference.”
The core of the collective were friends and fellow-enthusiasts back in their youth, then gave up their hobby for a number of years before picking up on it again and founding the collective in 2004.
Warren, who spent 31 years as a retained firemen in Collingham, has an extensive collection of Lambrettas and has owned examples built in France and Spain as well as Italy.
His collection bears out his non-Mod credentials as the clean lines of some of his most stylish mid-60s Lambrettas are untroubled by the collections of unnecessary mirrors and excessive chrome accessories that festoon the machines of the out-and-out Mod.
One particularly handsome example is a modified Lambretta LI 150 series III with cut-down bodywork and immaculate burnt orange paintwork, but the earlier series II model he’s currently working on will remain in its original and tatty condition.
“I won’t restore the bodywork — I’ll leave it as authentic and original as possible, the tattier the better. But the engine will be like brand new,” said Warren, 56.
His most memorable journeys on his Lambrettas include a 2,200-mile pilgrimage with five fellow-enthusiasts to the site of the former factory at Adria in Italy. Production ceased there in 1972 but carried on for some years in India.
Factories still produce spare parts today but not complete scooters as the old designs cannot comply with current emission regulations. Even so, Warren’s hobby has become increasingly popular: “I joined the Lambretta Club of Great Britain in 1979 and there were 200 members then. Now there are over 5,000.”