Mark's 1980s Classic Custom
Classic Scooterist|December 2019 - January 2020
Revisiting one of the UK’s best-known custom scooters from the 1980s, which still remains in the possession of its original owner.
Big Chris

I often say that if I didn’t have any ‘badluck’ then I would have no luck at all; ifit can go wrong, then for me it usually will, as everything I seem to do these days has to be done twice. This is not usually my fault, I hasten to add, but down to the incompetence and poor standards of others. But thinking back to simpler times, I wasn’t always under this shadow of misfortune and I can consider myself to have been lucky for several reasons.

Firstly I was born in Yorkshire – what more could you really ask for, I hear you all say!

Well, I was also lucky enough to have been born at such a time that my adolescence coincided with the Mod Revival. I was also lucky to live in Wakefield, which was always a big scootering area and which meant that when I did get my first scooter I could join the Wakefield Knights SC. I do consider myself very lucky to have been in the right area to join such a club, as back in the 1980s they were a force to be reckoned with from within the scooter scene, especially in regards to the custom and show scooter circuit.

We had the likes of Mick Howard with the ‘Sign of the Snake’, Mouse with ‘Grand Prix’, Andy Horne with ‘Mighty Pokémon’... err, no?

‘Monty Python’... no, not that either??

‘Mythopoeiken’... ah! That’s it!

And, of course, the Wood Brothers, Paul with ‘Temptation’ as it was, and Mark (the older brother) with the absolutely brilliant, for its time, ‘Revenge’ – a Vespa P200E that’s still owned and ridden by Mark today.

THE AROUSAL

Mark Wood began his scootering journey like thousands of us;. He was three years older than me and I got to know him through knocking about with his younger brother, Paul. He had started his scootering journey on a Lambretta Li150 in 1979 and then a Lambretta Dyrospeed GP in 1982 (the first scooter I remember seeing him on, as I would have a real good look every time I went to call for Paul if the scooter was there). I love the Dyrospeed paint scheme; it really was of it’s time with the intricate pin-striping and fogging.

In February 1983 Mark jumped ship and purchased a brand new black Vespa P200E from Ron Harvey’s of Leeds for £450. This he used well, completing every national rally of that year on it.

Whilst travelling the length and breadth of the country to the nationals he couldn’t help but see the hundreds of custom scooters that were mixed in among the thousands that would regularly attend. This was enough to set the cogs turning from within his head, with Mark eventually deciding he wanted a full custom scooter of his own. His idea for the theme on such a scooter was to combine his love of the music from the Mod scene, and especially the music of our very own,

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