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Mini scooter is among the stars of Milton Keynes Museum’s transport collection

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Bill Griffiths (left) with Howard Bradley and the Vespa
Bill Griffiths (left) with Howard Bradley and the Vespa

A motorbike enthusiast has donated a fully working miniature of a Vespa scooter to Milton Keynes Museum’s transport collection.

Made by the Chinese, it is believed to be the only one in the UK.

Howard Bradley says he has never forgotten what a fantastic opportunity the museum gave him when he was 17 years old and doing work experience, and wanted to give something back.

At the end of last year he donated a working replica of the 1910 Boardtrack racer – forerunner of the first racing motorbikes – to MK Museum.

This latest donation, the miniature Vespa, is in immaculate condition, having never been used. It runs on two stroke mix and is capable of speeds up to 50mph.

Said Howard: “Having been a resident of Milton Keynes for over 40 years we have both grown up together – although Milton Keynes is wearing better than I am!

I cannot think of a more dynamic place to live and I am therefore delighted to give something back to the Milton Keynes Museum which is the lynchpin between the way we were and the way we will be.”

Museum director Bill Griffiths added: “The Vespa is a brilliant addition to our collection and already on display in the Hall of Transport alongside Howard’s earlier donation. We are so grateful to him for thinking of us. A big part of our success has always been people like Howard  who share our passion for making the museum the very best it can be.”

More information about the museum’s forthcoming events and expansion plans can be found on the website www.mkmuseum.org.uk

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