In the age of extreme-performance sports bikes with custom designs and high-capacity engines, there remains a small band of scooter lovers. The HCSC is one such example
The Hyderabad Classic Scooter Club is a small, scooter-lovers’ club that has revived the free spirit of driving and scooters. Be it the Lambretta or the Vespa, the Italian icons known for their legendary scooters, the HCSC is home to over 25 neo-classic scooters, that includes LML’s, Vespa, Lambretta, and even the dependable old Bajaj Chetak. Founder of the club and avid scooter lover, VVS Ram Kiran says, “The club was started in 2010. We have been trying to save scooters by building their brand through this unique promotion.”
The club is active through meetings at historic spots in the City where the scooters and their proud owners take part in a photoshoots. The club’s scooters are a pampered lot. Every new scooter introduced into the club is the instant “star” of the club. Ram Kiran says, “We are collaborating with the Bangalore Scooter Club and with one Siddharth Naidu there.”
About Hyderabad’s scooter population he says, “Bangalore, unlike Hyderabad, has a bigger scooter population. Hyderabad has few stores or experienced people who can take care of the Vespas from the 50s or the 60s.”The club’s scooters are regularly taken care of by Mohammed Muneer and Imtiaz, who are experienced in the trade for over 30 years.
They also source the spares for the scooters, which shows their genuine adoration for the club and its scooters.Now with the introduction of the Vespa LX 125 in the Indian market, the club members are a proud lot.Considering that the Lambretta Open LD or the Cabled Vespas that they own now fetch over `1 lakh in the collectors’ market!
Originally, Vespas have been famous for their pressed steel unibody, rear engines with three or four gear systems but varied in terms of size through its production from 1946 to 1970, especially the Vespa 150.
The rise and fall of the Indian scooter market has taken another turn with the inception of the Vespa LX 125, considering that the first original Chetaks were licensed by Vespa.
However, the introduction of motorcycles killed the scooters considering that the bikes offered greater mileage and enhanced performance.Through the ages, scooters have been cultural and automobile icons, that have heralded the entry of bikes and have now made a reappearance.
Ram Kiran is proud of his collection and says, “ I have always had a collection fantasy. In addition to this, I am also part of the Fiat Classic Club. As a scooter owner, I cherish my ride every single day.”
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