One of a kind collection brings ScooterMania to Coventry

| 21 Nov 2012

A newly opened exhibition that includes every type of British scooter ever built will run at Coventry Transport Museum until 3 March.

Among more than 40 models on show are a Triumph Tigress, Swallow Gadabout, Brockhouse Corgi (a development of the scooters used by WW2 paratroopers) and DKR Defiant.

Prototypes will also feature, including the streamlined Projects and Development Oscar, which was built in Blackburn and has a glassfibre body and linked brakes, plus the Saharan that features a doorless passenger cell not unlike the more recent BMW C1.

The two-wheeled machines will be surrounded by period memorabilia – fashion, street furniture and adverts – from the ’50s and ’60s.

The collection was amassed by Robin Spalding from British Motor Scooters. Spalding’s first scooter, a 250cc British Daytona Albatross, sparked an interest that would turn into an obsession and a hoard of more than 40 machines.

Find out more about ScooterMania at Coventry Transport Museum’s website.