Hi there, welcome to my blog which will cover step by step the restoration of my Douglas Vespa Rod model.
First off I'll give you a bit of background on who I am and information about my particular scooter.
Who am I?
My name is Roger Green and I live in the South of England, I'm 27 years old (as of 2010!) and have been riding scooters (mainly Vespas) since I was 16, I've rebuilt a number of Vespa and Lambretta scooters and consider myself to be fairly competent at rebuilding them but by no means an expert!
Vespas for me are an obsession, I love everything about them, the shape, the smell, the sound, and the simplicity of them, also the way Vespas were intertwined in the social fabric throughout the 1950's and 1960's - a way of getting people mobile cheaply after the devastation of World War 2, all this stuff fascinates me.
Some people like fast cars, football and drinking.......I like Vespas!
So why do a Blog?
Normally even the word "Blog" sends shivers down my spine because it makes me think of middle class students writing "blogs" about their travel trips abroad or people spilling their minds about how they had beans for dinner or how wasted they got last night..... it all just seems a bit pointless to me really, I don't care what you had for dinner or where you went skiing.
Although saying this going against all my "Blog hate" here I am writing a blog!
The main reason for this is down to my numerous internet searches for Vespa, because sometimes when searching I came accross a few Blogs from other Vespa owners showing a step by step guide of their restorations showing how they worked on the scooter and why they did things a certain way, this seemed to very much lend itself to the Blog format because it's quick and easy to update and the ongoing format clearly shows how things are progressing and also has functionality to allow links, videos, photos and all sorts of other helpful tools in Blog postings.
I thought this would be a good way to show the restoration of my Douglas Vespa because there is not a lot of information out there about these scooters and some parts are very hard to come by, hopefully this blog will help people in a similar situation to mine.
This particular Rod model came up on the off-chance on the Scooter Trader website, I wasn't specifically looking for a Rod model but it was always in the back of my mind that if a good one turned up and I had a chance to buy it then I would because they are a beautiful looking scooter and have historical significance to anoraks like myself because they were the first Vespa model to be built by Douglas motorcycles in Kingswood Bristol, UK.