Scooters & Bikes

Why I Started This Website


Like many recent retirees, I needed to find something to occupy my time. This website and my scooter and bicycle restoration hobby came about as a result of a happy coincidence. One of my sons was touring with a band that played at a small college in central Kansas, McPherson College. The Dean of the College offered his home for the band to stay over night. The next morning he gave my son a tour of the Automotive Restoration facilities on campus. It turns out that they are the only U.S. college to offer a B.S. degree in Automotive Restoration – Jay Leno is on their Board. They also offer a Summer Institute Program for guys like me – retired car guys with some free time on their hands. So as they say – the rest is history.

I attended the McPherson Summer Institute Program in the summer of 2010 and then decided to start restoring things. Although I wanted to start with a car, I found out that cars take up a lot of garage space and are very costly to restore. So I decided to start with a Vespa scooter since I rode one in my college years at Cal in the early 1960’s. After restoring two scooters, I found a series of vintage bicycles to restore in barns and warehouses in Northern California.

After my first five projects were completed, I decided to set up this website in order to share what I had learned with the restoration hobby community. The information about restoration techniques, suppliers of products and tools and my approach to buying a project will hopefully be helpful to others. I also wanted a venue to display my projects and interact with other restorers and collectors to learn from them. I find rare and interesting stuff, restore it and sell it. I am not a collector but someone who enjoys the restoration process. I get a real sense of satisfaction in saving unique pieces of our manufacturing history from the scrap heap of time and preserving them for future generations.

I hope you enjoy my web site and find the information helpful for your own projects. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I will be glad to try to help you.

Thanks, Gary