I see quite a lot of scooters on the roads these days. Mostly they’re nasty high pitched things ridden wildly by scrawny youths with one hand full on the throttle, the other texting. But I was a scrawny youth myself once and rode a scooter too. It was a 1966 Lambretta SX 200 and it was just the thing to be seen on during the mod revival of the 80s. I haven’t seen it since 1989 after a nasty altercation with a Volvo.
So, I was very pleasantly surprised to see two classic ‘Lammies’ drop in at Milestone last week. The two valiant scooterists were client, Phil from Denman and his friend Connor. They were travelling back from a European Lambretta rally in Spain to Belfast and decided to pop in, as you do. Quite a feat on these 40 plus yr old machines – although there was a gear cable repair needed, yards from our office. The matching sixties caper movie suits were a nice touch too.
So another bank holiday Monday and what to do. We were recommended Bourton-on-the-Water with a ‘watch out its dead popular’ warning attached. Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton-on-the-Water has more than its share of Cotswold houses and cottages, many of them three hundred years old, some dating back to Elizabethan times four hundred years ago.
Amongst the may attractions is the Cotswold Motoring Museum and what a treat.
The collection neatly represents a slice of motoring history from the 20th Century. The big showstoppers are, of course, the over 40 cars, the caravans, the motorcycles, the dozens of bicycles, but what will really take your breath away is the huge amount of related material. It is the showcases packed with motoring paraphernalia, the old garage equipment, the walls filled with enamel signs, the petrol pumps and globes, everything connected with motoring from branded hat pins to an AA box. It’s a graphic designers sweet shop.
My personal favourite was the 70’s room including a caravan packed with nostalgia and glass cabinets heaving with classic 70’s graphics.
And just when you think it’s all over situated within the museum is the toy collection, the room is almost full of every dinky model and magazine imaginable. If you’re a fan of model kits, you can see many of the wooden, plastic and metal kits that have been on sale through the last fifty years.
While we didn’t get around all of the other attractions the Dragonfly Maze designed by sculptor and writer Kit Williams was well worth getting lost in.