Ace of Herts

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Members of the Ace of Herts club with the mayor of Watford in 1963
Parade before a charity Lambretta scooter endurance event, 1963
Lambretta 150 ld (2)

The Ace of Herts was one of the first dedicated lambretta scooter clubs in greater London, running from 1958-1971.[1][2] Based in Watford Hertfordshire, it was formed by Arthur Francis, a scooter dealer.[3] The club subsequently became the Watford Lambretta Club.[4] This built upon the strength of lambretta clubs elsewhere in the country, following on from the formation of the Lambretta Club of Great Britain in 1953, driven also by the emerging mod culture.[5]

Achievements of club members include:

  • M. Evans: first testing of the Li 150 model (Li Series 2) during a 24 hour county challenge in 1960.[6]
  • Hazel Holland (club secretary) on a solo 24 hour charity run.[7]
  • Arthur Francis: British lambretta Rally Champion in 1964.[3]
  • Robbie Allis: at one time or another has been married to three different Ace of Herts members.
  • Roy Wilson winning the Southend International Scooter Rally Finals (out of 3000 riders).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.teamsequipe.com/arthurfrancis.html
  2. ^ "Lambretta Clubs". www.britishlambrettaarchive.co.uk. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Crozier, David (10 September 2014). "September 10, 1965". Watford Observer. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Archer, Wendy (January 2015). "Scootering in the 60s". Scootering: 64–73. 
  5. ^ Karslake, Mike (1988). "LCGB History". www.ilambretta.co.uk. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Davies, Pete (2012). The Lambretta bible : covers all Lambretta models built in Italy, 1947-1971 (2nd rev. edition. ed.). Dorchester: Veloce. p. 50. ISBN 1845845218. 
  7. ^ "Image of Hazel Holland, secretary of the Ace of Herts Lambretta Club, sets out on a "how-many-countries, how-many-miles?"". www.theimagefile.com.