MIDLAND SCOOTER CENTRE
Serving scooterists since 1983...
Launched way back in 1983, we originally began as specialists in both Lambretta and Vespa scooters, with huge success and legendary open days that would bring the town to a standstill as up to 2000 scooterists mobbed the shop for a free burger! Lambretta man, Dave Webster was EIGHT TIMES British Scooter Road Race Champion and a well respected tuner, whilst original partner, Norrie Kerr was very succesful on the Vespa racing and tuning side of things (the duo parted ways when Norrie left to run Malossi UK/VE UK).
Back then Malc Anderson, our Lambretta mechanic, was Daves hero, and was winning races even before Dave began! This scooter competition background was the basis of the reputation that was quickly built up. Ex Employee Mark Wood used a Cosa as regular transport, and in fact bought a scooter, a Vespa T5, from MSC in 1988. That scooter was tuned, with Malossi kit, big carb and Micron exhaust, and was Woody's introduction to the world of scootering. John Hopkinson, another former employee, started with a Vespa 50 Special, on his 16th Birthday. John bought several scooters from MSC. This very close relationship between all the staff, and our intimate knowledge and love of scooters, and the huge amount of experience amassed over so many years leaves you safe in the knowledge that we are the very best people to look after you and your scooter.
MSC began trading from small premises in Long Eaton, originally a gatehouse for what years before had been a milkyard. After a year we moved to a small motorcycle shop, and two years after that to the much larger building in Sandiacre, which was at that time a Honda Centre. We stayed there for around ten years, gradually changing in emphasis from our early specialisation with older scooters, to where we began to sell more and more new Vespa and Piaggio scooters. Our move to the current premises in Stapleford, formerly a car showroom and workshops, was prompted by the need again for bigger and better facilities. We are now in much bigger and brighter premises, and now Piaggio Distibutors. Midland Scooter Centre, Britains largest 100% scooter dealership!
At MSC we have always had an engineering background; Dave spent years as a development engineer, then moved to a position with a kart engine manufacturer. Malc is a fully skilled toolmaker. MSC have on site engineering facilities, including lathe, boring and crank rebuild equipment... and not least, the knowlege of how to work this equipment. This is the reason why virtually all of the work entrusted to MSC is carried out 'in-house'. We like it this way. It means we don't have to rely on others to work to the same standards we do. After all, 'if we can make a Lambretta do 125 miles per hour, your major problem is just a minor hiccup to us'. Our service workshops are fully equipped, with four lifts and a rolling road facility, so that we can keep your scooter in tip-top condition!
Dave Webster retired from MSC in 2013, leaving his partner Roz and son, Andrew to move things forward and bring a fresh outlook to the business...
MEET THE CURRENT MSC TEAM...
Accounts manager: Roz Is the lady who sorts out the bills and cheques, pays the wages and keeps everything running smoothly.
Sales/shop Manager: Andrew is in charge of everything front of house from sales to parts and clothing but tries to keep his hands clean... most of the time.
Sales executive: Jamie looks after scooter sales, clothing, helmets and accessories they are also fully FCA approved to arrange finance.
Workshop: Andy, Tamas, Ben & Will are the team that service and repair all types of scooters, and complete new scooter preparation, through to road and MOT tests. They're Piaggio trained.
Parts and service: Martyn & Stefan are the parts counter lads, they also look after MSC's mail orders and book customers in for servicing (well their scooters anyway!)
The showrooms here are spacious, so that you can wander around and see the scooters from every angle. There is always space for you to sit on and try out the particular scooter you like. Even so, we have around seventy new bikes always on display for you to see. We like to say 'we have every model and every colour'... though sometimes we may need to fork-lift down from our upstairs store a particular model and colour combination if we don't have it on show. We also have around fifty to one hundred bikes as 'back-up' stock...
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