Lambretta lovers set to scoot down to the Sunshine Coast

SCOOTERISTS are set to descend on Eastbourne for a rally next month after riding 100-miles from Winchester to the Sunshine Coast.

On Saturday April 21, more than 150 members of the Lambretta Club of Great Britain will ride over the South Downs to Eastbourne as part of 30 nationwide events being planned by the club to mark the 65th anniversary of the first ever Lambretta rolling of the production line.

Hugely popular in the 1950s and 1960s, the bikes were adopted as the fashion accessory of choice for mods looking for cheap transport and became synonymous with the seaside towns of the south coast after hordes of riders headed to towns like Eastbourne and Hastings to celebrate bank holidays.

Now, more than five decades on, the Lambretta’s popularity shows no signs of waning with demand for rare models pushing prices over £10,000 for the most sought after models.

And, having provided the on-screen backdrop for the mods and rockers inspired remake of the classic Brit flick Brighton Rock, Eastbourne remains one of the destinations of choice for scooterists of all ages.

Nic Cicutti, the club’s spokesman, said, “Our members love Eastbourne. We have been coming down for the past three or four years and the run is growing in attendance - largely because of the warm welcome from so many local people, who want to talk to us about their own experiences with scooters and motorbikes over the past 20 to 30 years or longer.

“We aim to set off from Winchester at about 10am and arrive in Eastbourne at about 3pm, holding a brief presentation and signing-on event at the Wish Tower car park, lasting about 30-45 minutes, before dispersing to hotels in the town in preparation for entertainment we have laid on that evening.

“We anticipate that up to 150 scooters from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, some ridden by people wearing garb from that era, will take part in the Winchester-Eastbourne run and, while many of those taking part will be local, some will be travelling from as far away as Yorkshire, the north-east of England, Cumbria and the Midlands to join the ride.

“By the time they get home they will have covered up to 800 miles on their vintage machines in a single weekend.

“We are more than happy for anyone who wants to come down and see us at the Wish Tower to do so. Hopefully, we will be providing an interesting spectacle - and jogging a few memories along the way among members of the older generation.”