The scooter was stored in Roger Daltrey’s garage
Vespa scooter which was used on his tour rock band The WhoQuadrophenia has been restored to its former glory and is ‘starring’ in a fundraising campaign for the UK’s teenage cancer charity Teenage Cancer Trust.
The 1964 GS Vespa was ridden on stage by guest star Billy Idol during the 1996 tour.
The scooter was stored in the Who’s Roger Daltrey’s garage until the 79-year-old – who is an honorary supporter of the Teenage Cancer Trust – gave son-in-law Des Murphy the go-ahead to try and restore it to its original condition.
“He traveled with the band on tour and then after the shows were over, he went back to Roger’s farm and slowly rotted in the corner,” Murphy told the PA news agency.
“And we kept saying we knew we had to do something with it because it’s an iconic scooter,” he added.
Working with South Coast Custom the scooter was fixed up with genuine Vespa parts to be ready for a special celebratory evening of music with Roger Daltrey and Friends of the organization held at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday
Ahead of the charity concert, which was the last in a series of Teenage Cancer Trust events for 2023, the Vespa was driven outside the Royal Albert Hall.
There anyone who wanted to with a minimum donation of 5 English pounds could sit and pose for photos. The revenue collected was to support the foundation.
Murphy said he plans to take the Vespa to various locations and events in the South of England to continue raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and other charities working on youth mental health and environmental protection.
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