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Cheltenham Vespa Club celebrate their 60th anniversary with ride through Gloucestershire

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

  • Cheltenham Vespa Club

  • Dave Beadwell-Smith of Cheltenham Vespa Club

  • Peter Guppy

  • Bill Gaskins - Founder of the club and co organiser of the event with Richard Rawlings

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Dozens of vintage scooters zoomed through the streets on Wednesday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cheltenham Vespa Club.

Starting at 10.15am at The Aviator pub in Gloucestershire Airport, the club’s members headed out through the Cotswolds.

The club, which was formed in 1954 by couple Dave and Gay Pullom, stopped at Pittville Pump Rooms before carrying on through Cotswold Lavender in Snowshill and to the Plough and Harrow in Pershore.

The team finished off at the Jet Age Museum in Staverton, before heading back to The Aviator.

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Richard Rawlings, 74, from Bishop’s Cleeve, is co-chairman with Bill Gaskins, and has been with the club since 1959.

He said: “It is an incredible club.

“We’ve been through many ups and downs over the years.

“We’ve got quite a few local members, and more young people are getting interested in vespas.”

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