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Drive Life : July 30th 2010
1HERSA1 F019 SUTTONS SUBARU ROSEBERY Corner of Epsom & Link Road, Rosebery www.suttonssubaru.com.au ESPOM RD. DL21093 9361 2300 SUTTONS SUBARU ROSEBERY LAST CHANCE SALE MUST END THIS SUNDAY SUTTONS SUBARU ROSEBERY RENOVATION SALE SUTTONS 3 YEAR UNLIMITED CARWASH WITH EVERY VEHICLE SOLD ALL DEMONSTRATOR & LATE MODEL USED VEHICLES MUST GO! THE BEST DEALS IN TOWN OUR SHOWROOM IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION COMPETITIVE FIXED RATE FINANCE NO APPLICATION REFUSED! The Sydney Morning Herald July 30, 2010 Drive Life 19 Mod take on lammie drive A scooter accident and the loss of some close friends set this enthusiast on the fund-raising road. On a roll . . . Siobhan Ellis (far right) with a group of fellow scooter enthusiasts. Photo: Steven Siewert WHEEL LIFE STEPHEN LACEY It took a horrific accident to convince Siobhan Ellis, 47, to ride across Australia for charity. In November 2007, Ellis was scootering along down near Kings Street Wharf on her Serveta Lynx TS1 (a Spanish built Lambretta) when a car did a u-turn right in front of her. ''I can remember flying through the air and thinking, 'This is gonna hurt','' Ellis says. ''The next thing I remember is lying on the road about 50 metres from the impact zone. The car driver was looking down at me and his first words were: ''You were going too fast.' ''This guy turns out to be a doctor and that's all he could think of to say.'' Ellis spent the next three days in St Vincents Hospital with a fractured skull, torn rotator cuff and lots of missing skin. While she was lying in her hospital bed, she decided to do something for the hospital to thank them for looking after her. In October last year, she got the opportunity she was looking for when some of her friends organised a national classic scooter rally in Adelaide and invited her along. ''I thought if I'm riding all the way to Adelaide I might as well keep going to Perth and raise money for cancer research at St Vincents,'' she says. ''I wanted the ride to be in memory of my friends Kirsty Rae and motoring writer Peter Wherrett [who died of cancer].'' She set off with a friend and a support vehicle, reaching Perth 15 days later and raising more than $7500. There were few incidents along the way, apart from a breakdown when the old Lambretta blew a piston. It was repaired on the side of the road and off she went. Ellis has had a long love affair with motor scooters, particularly Lambrettas. During the late 1970s, she was part of the mod-revival in England and motor scooters were essential to the subculture. She bought her first scooter at 16. It was a 1966 Lambretta Li150 S3. In the summer of 1980, at Torquay, she attended her first scooter rally. She became a founding member of the Target Scooter Club, which later became the Troglodytes. In 1981 she moved to Manchester, where the mod and scooter scene was huge. Lack of money meant she had to learn how to fix the scooter herself when necessary. It wasn't long before she could completely rebuild it from the frame up. Over the next few years she went through a series of scooters, always Lambrettas, preferring them to Vespas. ''I think Lambrettas are just so much better looking than Vespas. I find Vespas fat and bulbous, plus they're not balanced properly in terms of the engine position.'' Eventually Ellis found a job in IT. She sold her scooter to put the funds towards a house in Manchester. In 1988 she purchased her first car -- a 1968 Triumph Vitess Mk 2 convertible, which she rebuilt from the chassis rails. It wasn't until emigrating to Australia that she got involved with scooters again, buying a 1957 LD 150. In 2008, Ellis became one of the founding members of the Lambretta Club of Australia, of which she is the current president. Her next big scooter odyssey will be from Cape York to Wilsons Promontory in April 2013. ''I'm building a replica of a 1959 Scottish Six Days Trials Lambretta to do the trip on,'' she says. ''I've already got the frame to build up.'' Donate to Lammie Drive 2 at lammiedrive.org.au.
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