Blue Point Motors Pty Ltd
Take Much Pleasure
In announcing their
Grimes Control Garages Pty
for the sale of first-class new and used motor cars. In future these well known companies will pool their resources for the sale of good cars to the public which will now have the opportunity to buy or sell their cars through one of the largest selling organisations in New South Wales.
our Manager Director, G.M.Heine, has this to say:
Having had a close association with Frontwheel Drive Cars on the continent for 20 years I am convinced that this superior type of car has everything in its favour to comply with the conditions in Australia. After testing the Harnett and studying its construction I welcome the opportunity to introduce this little masterpiece of Australian workmanship to the public with the confidence that in the near future this car will live up to its expectations to become the
AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE'S CAR
at the same time we introduce as an ideal transport for people with very little spare money but with the desire to own a fast reliable vehicle ,
THE LAMBRETTA SCOOTER
which caused a sensation on the continent and U.S.A. where this phenomenal vehicle could reach sales figures of 250,000 machines in the space of only 2 years and which is now available for immediate delivery in Australia. Doing 10 miles to the gallon the Lambretta is certainly the very latest means of fast, safe, comfortable and economical transport.
HARNETT and LAMBRETTA
can be bought on our famous and sensational
LONG-TERM PAYMENT SCHEME
which is now open to all new and used cars handled by us. The following cars which are hand-picked (mostly one owner cars)and selected out of hundreds for your benefit, are issued with our
with service in our own workshop.
MATCH THEM ELSEWHERE
IF YOU CAN.
New to Wagga is an ingeniously designed motor scooter which seems a thoroughly practical little vehicle for shopping and travelling to and from one's place of work.
CALLED the Lambretta, It is an Italian production and the first example to reach this city was ridden from Sydney by a woman, at a total cost of about 6/6.
The little machine is quite handsome with everything en closed In a neat streamlined casing and with an extra saddle for a pillion passenger. It also has a spare wheel — which Is a rarity amongst two wheelers — although this Is an extra.
The Lambretta Is powered by a small two stroke air cooled single cylinder engine of 125 c.c. It has a three speed gearbox and shaft drive to a bevel gear on the back wheel. By a simple arrangement, the rear wheel is sprung In relation to the frame and so Is the front wheel.
Controls are most Ingeniously contrived. On the left handle bar extremity, the gears are selected by a twist grip while at the same time the clutch lever can be operated with the same hand. On the right handle bar Is a brake lever and a foot brake Is also provided.
The engine usually starts at the first attempt by the kick starter provided.
The Lambretta is well mud guarded with deep fairings over the wheels and a wide and sub stantial splash-guard at the front.
It Is handled in Wagga by Selling's Garage, Travers Street.
A club of 50 riders and pillion passengers will invade Wollongong on motor scooters tomorrow afternoon. This will be the first time a motor scooter club has been in the city.
All members wiil be riding the Italian scooter Lambretta, whicn
is to be on sale in Wollongong shortly.
Twenty-five machines, the majority carying pillion passengers, will leave Sydney at 10a.m. Sightseeing on the journey down, the party intends to reach the Crown Hotel, Wollongong, for lunch at 1 p.m.
After lunch the visitors will ride along the foreshore of the coast on through to Port Kembla and the industrial area.
They will return to Sydney about 4 p.m.
The trip is being organised by the Sydney distributors o£ the Lambretta Scooter, Hartnell Distributors.
Messrs. Hicks, Payne, G.oodwin and Spearman, all of Wollongong, will inspect the machines when they arrive.
Thirty motor scooter riders invaded Wollongong yesterday afternoon. They had ridden from Sydneyi Their total expense in
riding the 100 miles was 2/
This was the first time a collection of motor scooters had ever left Sydney.
All riders used Lambretta machines and many of them carried pillion passengers.
Miss Fitzgerald, of Sydney, who was one of the party, has undertaken many trips on her scooter at the height of the recent flooding she was able to get through to Wagga.
These machines, although using only nine inch wheels have
a top speed of 60 m.p.h. and in Europe, have won many reliability tests.
Within the next month or so they will be raced in Australia. One Italian cyclist maintained an average speed of 84 m.p.h. on a Lambretta scooter for 24 hours.
Two of the riders were stopped by traffic police on the way to Wollongong yesterday and had their licences checked.
The Secretary of the A.C.U (Mr. John Sierey) Who will ride
one of these scooters in next week's reliability test against all comers, said he came down Bulli Pass at a speed of up to
70 m.p.h. 'The machine, handled and cornered magnificently, ' he stated.
Petrol consumption is around the 150 m. p. g. figure.
Eight of the 16 machines which visited Wollongong yesterday were ridden by women.
After lunch at the Crown Hotel, the scooter riders rode along North Wollongong and Wollongong beaches before returning to, Sydney. .
Asked how the scooters will take Bulli Pass on the way home, Mr. Samuel Jamieson, the Australian representative for Lambretta said 'Even with a pillion passenger a scooter will take the Pass at 20 m.p.h. in second gear. They will not have to get into low gear on any part of the trip.'
ON A SCOOTER HOLIDAY, these two young Sydney students
Ray Newell (left) and Graeme Dessaix have arrived in Adelaide
after visiting Canberra, Albury, Melbourne, and Mount Gambier.
1,500-mile trip by motor scooter
Carrying two Sydney advertising art students on holidays and about 70 Ib of gear, a small motor scooter has reached Adelaide after a travelling time of about 51 hours on the 1,500 - mile trip through Canberra and Melbourne.
They are Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme students Ray Newell, 21, and Graeme Dessaix, 24.
Everywhere they stopped people inquired after the scooter's performance-it is a 1 1/4 h.p. two-stroke Italian Lambretta.
They think they are the first to make the trip from Sydney to Adelaide by scooter.
They had an axious time on the Great Ocean road, just outside Lorne (Vic.). A .heavy storm with a high wind and torrential rain made it difficult for the heavily loaded scooter to hold the road.
Gravel and mud
This head wind cut their speed down by about 15 m.p.h., and on the loose gravel and mud "anything could have happened," they said.
Both agreed there was no fatigue,
They camped on the side of the road each night, and washed their clothes in creeks. Their food came from tins.
Having seen the eastern States, they said they wanted to see the southern parts of Australia.
Since they have been in Adelaide they have weighed on an average of three times a day to see if they have put on weight, because they say they have reached their lowest weights this year through study.
Both Have been so impressed with Adelaide that they are talking of returning to settle when the housing position is better.
Students Cover 2,500 Miles
On Motor Scooter
SYDNEY students Graeme Dessaix (24) and Ray
Newell (22), who arrived in Hobart yesterday,
have covered 2,500 miles on a motor scooter during the
past five weeks.
They have with them a tent, sleeping bags, side packs, petrol and oil. water bags, and food, weighing altogether 100lb.
After leaving Sydney they went to Melbourne via Canberra, then travelled to Adelaide by the Great Ocean Road.
On their return to Melbourne they sailed to Beauty Pt., and spent a few days in Launceston.
They travelled south to St. Marys by the East Coast Rd., and then went inland to Conara, where they joined the main highway to Hobart.
"We have, struck some bad roads during our travels," Dessaix said, "but the East Coast Rd. is the worst and most dangerous."
He said because they camped at each place they visited, they were having a "reasonably economical" holiday.
The scooter ls a 1¼ - h.p. two-stroke Italian Lambretta, a type uncommon in Australia.
Loaded the scooter will travel 96 miles to the gallon, and unloaded 140 miles.
Last year they hitch-hiked from Sydney to Townsville and cov-
ered 4.000 miles.
They said they found travelling easier by motor scooter.
Wollongong Agents Announced For Lambretta Motor Scooters and new Hartnett Car
New to Wollongong and playing its part in South Coast development is the firm of Geoff Penney & Co., of 5 Globe St., Wollongong, which have been appointed Wollongong and District agents for the much talked about Australian car, the Hartnett, and the new Lambretta motor Scooter.
This Australian car will soon be coming off the assembly lines and the company have made all preparations to present it to the motoring public of the South Coast.
The company, which is only just entering the motor field in this district, is setting out with the object of providing for the motorist something different in the service and garaging of vehicles.
Plans are now under consideration for the establishment of a car parking area, handy to the garage, which should prove to be great assistance in relieving Wollongong's parking problems. Clients of the company will be given a permanent parking spot and will have their cars washed weekly as part of this service.
A number of other vehicles not seen on the Wollongong market for some time are included in the franchise.
They are the Temp Matador and Man Diesel Trucks and the Lea Francis Car.
The Temp Matador is a one-ton truck featuring the famous Volkswagen 4 cylinder horizontally opposed engine.
The Man Diesel needs no introduction to heavy haulage and bus men, as its performance has already been proved in this district.
England's 18 hp Lea Francis car, said to be a close competition to the famous XK120 is expected to be popular because of its amazing performances already shown in overseas trials.
Epic African Trek
On Motor Scooter
An epic feat in motoring Was the recent crossing of Africa from Algiers to Capetown by a young Italian, E. Mari riding a standard Lambretta motor scooter.
Hazards considered insurmountable were overcome in the course, Which was more than 10,000 miles.
The trip set a new record for motor scooters. No light motor cycle has yet made the same journey.
The most difficult stretch — which experts on Sahara conditions deemed impossible—did not stop the Lambretta despite steep rocky gradients followed by interminable miles of sand under blistering sun.
Later the rider reached Uganda and then travelling over primitive roads, went through Mau Mau country to Nairobi.
Handicapped by the rainy season, he pushed on to Salisbury, where there was a delay of some days because of floods before be could face the next trek to Johannes burg.
From there to Capetown the 'going' was normal. His arrival on March 23 won keen praise for his tenacity and the dependability of his machine.
NEW LAMBRETTA IS
FORM OF TRANSPORT
Because it provides such economical personal transportation, the Lambretta motor scooter has become very popular in Australia.
The latest model of this interesting little vehicle Is illustrated on this page. As will be seen, everything is so well covered In that it can be ridden in business clothes.
The Lambretta Is now
handled in Wagga by Mr. Jack Skeers, the well known motor cycle agent of Kincaid Street, his appointment as agent having just been made.
Mechanically, the Lambretta is very well conceived.
Then engine is a single cylinder two stroke of 125 c.c. capacity which develops five horsepower. It is coupled to a three speed gearbox , through a multi-plate clutch and from this drives the rear wheel through a propeller shaft.
Engine transmission and rear wheel are coupled as a single unit which swings on a strong torsion bar in the frame.
A flywheel magneto provides current for the ignition and lights.
The Lambretta has a tubular chassis while the front wheel Is suspended by swinging arms and helical springs.
Brakes are Internal expanding in drums as on a car.
Wide low pressure tyres are fitted and a spare wheel and tyre is available as an extra.
Wheels are quite easy to change.
The maximum speed of the Lambretta is 45 to 50 m.p.h. and it does from 130 to 140 miles to the gallon.
In addition to the model Illustrated, there Is available a simplified standard model which is basically the same mechanically but is not so streamlined as the model illustrated.
The Lambretta would seem to fill its most useful function as a useful and economical mode of transport to and From work, but in Europe and to some extent in Australia, It has attracted the sporting motor cyclist and has done very well in trials and races
They travel far in the Motor Scooter Club
To the whirr of engines "revving up," the tooting of horns, and shouted greetings, 25 brightly ducked motor-scooters sped across Sydney Harbour Bridge one fine Sunday morning recently.
Members of the Sydney Motor Scooter Club were setting out on one of their regular weekend outings. Their destination was Bobbin Head, about 18 miles from the city.
Scarves and hair of girl pillion passengers streamed out in the wind as the scooters bowled along at a steady 35 miles an hour.
Two of the older members of the group carried passengers more staidly in side cars. Staff photographer John Askew and I followed the scooter group in a car, and later shared a picnic luncheon with them at Bobbin Head.
President of the club, Keith Cordingley, and honorary secretary, Jo Wattleworth, two scooter enthusiasts, were keen to talk about their hobby.
"We get a lot of fun out of our scooters," said Keith. "But they're useful for business too."
"I work at bankstown as an aircraft fitter, and average about 100 miles a week just going to and from work and my home at Concord West. It's economical because we get about 140 miles to the gallon."
Jo Wattleworth, until recently, a tutor sister at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, now does private nursing and uses her scooter on the job.
"I have patients in many parts of Sydney, and it's the best way to get round to them," Jo said.
"We now have 88 members in the scooter club, including 20 women. we pay an annual subscription of £1 and meet every second Thursday."
Jo, who did postgraduate nursing in England in 1950 plans to do a scooter tour of Britain and Europe next year.
She is going with two other women members of the club, Joyce Davidson and Jeannette Blomfield.
Jo Wattleworth is already a season scooter rider. On a trip to Narrabri she covered 350 miles in one day.
Joyce Davidson is another candidate for the overseas tour.
With a friend, Barbara Menon, riding pillion, she last year travelled the 620 miles to Melbourne from Sydney in two and a half days, camping out on the way.
Two other intrepid scooter "fans" are Gwenda Mason and Mrs. Vi Steinbeck, who recently did a three weeks' tour of Tasmania.
Merna Motors Pty. Ltd., a subsidiary of Peter Lloyd Industries Ltd., has been appointed sole distributor in N.S.W. of Lambretta motor scooters.
The sales director of Lambretta Distributors (A'asia) Pty Ltd., Mr J.N. Chipper, announced this yesterday.
Merna Motors would establish a Lambretta sales and service centre at its William Street showrooms and would appoint dealers throughout Sydney and the rest of the state.
Merna Motors to Handle Lambrettas
A Sydney firm, Merna Motors Pty Ltd has been appointed sole distributors in NSW for the Lambretta motor scooter.
Merna Motors Pty Ltd is a subsidiary of Peter Lloyd Industries Limited
Mr J.M.Chipper, Sales director of Lambretta Distributors (A'sia) Pty Ltd, said Merna Motors would establish a Lambretta sales and service centre at their showrooms in William Street, Sydney, and would appoint dealers throughout New South Wales.
The Lambretta manufacturers, Innocenti of Italy, had the highest sales of motor scooters in the world, he said.
"Three years ago in Britain, Lambretta sales were negligible. Now they are in excess of 60,000.
"The same thing can happen here."
This year 650 scooters had been sold in Western Australia, and 600 in South Australia, Mt Chipper added.
We have recently been appointed N.S.W. Distributors for Lambretta Motor Scooters and are building up our sales force in Sydney.
This has created an unusual opportunity for a saleswoman to sell Lambretta Motor Scooters from our showroom. Some experience in the motor industry would be preferable but not essential.
This position carries excellent remuneration, by salary and commission. Apply in the first instance to Mr Donohue at:
MERNA MOTORS PTY LTD
59 William St. Sydney
Phones FA9398, FA9041.
(A Peter Lloyd Industries enterprise).
Permanent position for an experienced Mechanic to handle service work on Lambretta Motor Scooters.
This position carries an excellent salary. In addition, overtime is available. A good man can earn really good money.
Ideal working conditions in our well equiped workshop, conveniently located in William St, City.
MERNA MOTORS PTY LTD
59 William St. Sydney
Phones FA9398, FA9041.
(A Peter Lloyd Industries enterprise).
The Motor Scooter Club , recently entered a scooter trial conducted by the Lambretta Club.
The route taken was via Galston, Berowra Waters, and finished at Lake Parramatta.
Anyone interested in joining this progressive club should contact Mr. Bruce McDonald at UU9223.
The Lambretta Club of N.S.W. will hold a club rally on Sunday, October 23, at the Hawkesbury River.
The president of the club, Mrs. Norma Mills, said that all Lambretta owners, whether members of the club or not, would be welcomed.
A number of events will be held and lunch will be provided.
Buying a motor scooter can
lead to a whirl of
In fact Lambretta Club members are like one big family, having three gatherings a week.
Each Sunday they have rally to places like the Zig Zag or Terrill, while every fourth week is spent on a service day.
Members buy their gaskets or other repair items and then help one another fit them on their machines. The club also has a second hand scooter which is taken apart regularly to that its workings can be studied.
Friday night is devoted to a trial or indoor bowling, while on Tuesday the club has a meeting or a games night, which is held in its William Street clubrooms.
Scooter sales will boom now until next March, while second-hand ones are like gold. Most of the scooter enthusiasts are students at universities or technical colleges.
The Lambretta Club has 35 active members of which at present there quarters are males. This weekend riders are taking part in the Metropolitan Club gymkhana at Canberra, with the start and finishing point at Liverpool.
According to Mr Kevin Donohue, manager of the Australian Lambretta distributor, scooters are the solution to economy touring, with these two-wheelers making up half of the four million vehicles on the road in Italy.
Scooters also re popular in England and Malaysia but in Australia, he says our young people have too much spare money and so buy cars instead.
Some of the scooters give up to 150 miles to the gallon, while one, the 200cc Jet, even has disc brakes - the only two-wheeler with this safer stopping device.
In Italy one Lambretta is produced every 50 seconds, while total output is more than 3 ½ million.
Tony Pratt road tests the Lambretta Cento motor scooter
A lightweight the girls will love...
If ever there was a scooter that suited the fair sex its the 1965 Lambretta Cento - the baby of that popular two-stroke stable.
The Cento is light and lovely and its 100cc. are powerful enough to take a girl wherever she wants to go.
When I drove the Cento over my 15 miles North Harbour suburbs' test route this week I found I had to attack the most hills in second gear and often drop to first to make the grade.
But my 11.5 stone was a large load for the 176lb scooter.
A lightweight rider would have no trouble.
The Cento accent is on comfort and economy.
Helical springs on both front and rear wheels and hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear give a smooth ride over bumpy roads.
The theoretical petrol consumption of 150 miles to the gallon is an attractive economy point. The actual consumption depends on how heavy the individual rider is with the accelerator.
On the road the Cento performed well, racing through the three gears from a standing start to 30mph in 13 seconds.
First gear accelerated to 18mph in four seconds and reached 26mph in 10 seconds from a standing start.
Both hand and foot brake were extremely effective, stopping the scooter from 30mph within 70 feet. there was little tyre squeal and skid.
I took the Cento up to 40 mph on the straight stretches but found the body work vibrated unpleasantly at this speed.
Since the machine had done only 119 miles when I started dates test, its newness could explain the vibration.
The scooter was too new to stretch to the 47mph maximum speed.
If you are a long-legged scooter rider take care when you use the foot brake on the Cento.
You could stro=ike the handlebar with your knee when lifting the foot to the brake.
At take-off be sure to give the accelerator a firm turn. I stalled several times at intersections, probably because I'm used to riding more powerful scooters.
The Cento has its light, horn, dip switch and cut-out assembly close to the right handle grip.
The switches can be operated by the thumb without lifting the hand.
The throttle and petrol tank control are beneath the riders seat and can be adjusted, if necessary, while the scooter is moving.
A girl would have no trouble with the light kick start on the Cento but she must remember to have the gears in the neutral position.
The Cento has a petrol tank volum eof 1 ½ gallons which gives a cruising range of about 225 miles when brimful.
There is a plastic parcel carrier under the riders seat to hold light luggage and more room beneath this for the tool kit which is supplied with every scooter.
The money? £175 tax paid, will get you scooting on a Cento.
Applications are invited from students wishing to participate in the 1966 (first) Club Championship. Events will be held over
two days, the 17th and 18th of December, regardless of weather conditions.
The 17th is to be devoted to a gymkhana, the venue for which is still to be decided.
For the gymkhana; any windscreens may be removed, provided that it is not deemed unsafe by the officials. Mufflers, however,
must be kept on, and must be in normal working order. Rubber tyres only may be used (e.g. No metal spikes), but any type of
tread will be allowed. Seating must be as normally used on the road. Super, standard or high octane (additive) fuel may be used.
Riders must wear safety helmets. Footwear with open toes will not be permitted. Arms and legs must be covered with substantial clothing (leathers or overalls, gloves and boots strongly recommended).
Proposed gymkhana events are: bending race, delivery race, curl curl, slow race, sprint, jump and novelty events.
The 18th will be devoted to a road navigation trial. This is not a race, the successful riders will be those who can maintain strict average speeds within the limits of the motor traffic regulations. The trial will cover 200 miles of sealed and unsealed roads (100 mile reciprocal course), starting and finishing at the University.
Classes for both-days' events are:
Class A: Open.
C:ass B: Cycles to 449 cc (inclusive).
Class C: Open scooters and cycles to 199 cc (inclusive).
Class D: Scooters to 200 cc and cycles to 99 cc (inclusive).
Class E: Scooters to 125 cc and cycles to 55 cc (inclusive).
A ladies' section will be included if enough entries are received.
The class winner will be the rider completing the two days of events with the highest aggregate of points. Winners from
each class shall be tested on knowledge of motor traffic regulations to decide the overall winner.
Entrants must be financial members of the U.N.S.W. M.C.C. Entries close on December 7, and application to compete
must be made on the official form which can be obtained from the Secretary, 55 Lang Road, Padstow; or by contacting any
member of the Executive.
The Club's entry into the International Motor Scooter Rally (Katoomba, Dec.26 - Jan. 4), has been officially accepted.
Competing clubs include the Lambretta Clubs of New South Wales and South Australia; Vespa Clubs of Toowoomba, Melbourne and South Australia; the Metropolitan Scooter Clubs of Sydney; South Australian Scooter Club; Auckland Motor
Scooter Club (N.Z.) and Wellington Motor Scooter Club (N.Z.). Further entries, are expected.
Any student wishing to compete should contact, J. Miller, 163 River Road, Revesby, before November 1.
The events should provide an excellent social and sporting ground and even for the non-sport scooter rider should prove a
lot of fun. In any case an interesting ten days.
Application forms for the 1966 Club Championships are now available from any member of the club executive and any enquiries can be directed to the secretary through Box 29 in the Union Extension. Closing date for the receipt of entries is December 7. All entrants must be financial members
of the club.
Club sponsored entries for the INTERNATIONAL ALL - MAKES SCOOTER RALLY close on November 1; this is to facilitate arrangements for scooter overhauls, payment of entry fees and the like. Entries will be accepted till November 30, but such entries shall not be club sponsored.
The Rally to be held at Katoomba from December 26 to January 4 promises to be the best Rally of its type ever held in the Southern Hemisphere, with clubs from all over Australia and New Zealand competing.
These include the Lambretta Clubs of N.S.W. and S.A.; Vespa Clubs of Toowoomba, Melbourne and S.A.; Metropolitan Scooter Club, Sydney; Sydney Motor Scooter Club; Auckland Motor Scooter Club, NZ.; Wellington Motor Scooter Club, N.Z.; and UNIVERSITY OF N.S.W. MOTORCYCLE CLUB. Further entries are expected.
Even the most inexperienced scooter rider can enter the competition, which provides an excellent opportunity to improve riding skills, have an inexpensive 10-days holiday, or to just increase social contacts.
The Rally, organised by the N.S.W. Lambretta Club, features many gymkhana events, placing an emphasis upon rider skill
and scooter reliability. Scooters are classified according to capacity and age and competition should be keen for the gold,
silver and bronze medal awards.
Any student wishing to compete should leave his name and address in the club box in the Union Extension.