There is no gainsaying the fact that the A.B.C. Skootamota has created a tremendous amount of interest on the part of the general public, and Messrs. Gilbert Campling's exhibit of these interesting miniature motor cycles no doubt will attract its full share of attention.
In addition to the standard models, two new machines, intended for commercial purposes, will be exhibited. On these large boxes for parcels are fitted, and form the support for the spring seat for the operator. There will also be a "tropical" model, finished in light colours and complete with a canopy which will appeal to those who live in a climate where such equipment is necessary, while for those Eastern potentates who, years ago, used nickel-plated bicycles, a standard model will also be shown finished in this way.
It will be recalled that the Skootamota is to all intents and purposes a miniature motor cycle fitted with an open frame and pan seat saddle. The engine is a 1 1/2 h.p. four-stroke, placed horizontally over the rear wheel, which it drives by means of an enclosed chain. 16in. diameter wheels are used with 2 3/8in. tyres. The equipment embraces horn, pump, tools, and, for 49 gns., the price includes the registration fee.
The Motor Cycle, November 20th, 1919
Stand No. 41.
Campling, Gilbert, Ltd., 1, Albemarle Street. London, W. 1.
THE A.B.C. Skootamota is the only exhibit at this stand. Two commercial types are shown, haying a box for parcels fitted in place of the usual seat. A spring saddle being attached direct to the top of this. A tropical model is also shown, enamelled in light colours, and fitted with a canopy. Three standard models are exhibited, one of which is nickel-plated all over. As is well known, this scooter is fitted with a small four-stroke engine of 124 c.c. The cylinder is placed horizontally over the back wheel, and is fitted with a detachable head, while the transmission is direct by chain to the back wheel. The valves are both located in the head, the inlet valve being at the side and the exhaust valve overhead. The power is transmitted through the camshaft, which allows of a sufficiently low gear being obtained without the use of sprockets of undue size, the wheels being 16 ins. by 2½ ins.
Motor Cycling, November 26th, 1919
SKOOTAMOTA, No. 41.
WHAT NEXT IN SCOOTERS?
Quite an attraction at the Show is the Oriental model Skootamota, which has a silk canopy, as shown.
1½ h.p. four-stroke Model: 60x44 mm. (125 c.c.);
overhead exhaust valve;
16x2 3/8in. Clincher tyres
Gilbert Campling, Ltd., 1, Albemarle Street, W.1.
Designed by Mr. Granville Bradshaw, the Skootamota is full of ingenious points. It is interesting to note that its cylinder forms half the unit of the neat little flat-twin stationary engine which Mr. Bradshaw designed for electrical generating sets and blowers for filling airships during the war. Following the original A.B.C. practice, the exhaust valve is situated in the cylinder head, which is detachable, and the inlet valve beneath it, while the cylinder is of steel, and is turned from the solid. One of the features of the Skootamota is that it is built as a miniature motor bicycle. The power unit is extremely neatly designed, and the transmission to the rear wheel is by a protected chain. The designer did not intend that the scooterist should stand, and the Skootamota is equipped with a comfortable pan seat. A novelty on this stand is a Skootamota equipped as a miniature tradesman's carrier, bearing the name of Messrs. Harrods, Ltd., and in this capacity it is possible that these little vehicles may prove to be extremely handy for the delivery of small parcels. Another scooter carrier shown is built for Messrs. Morel Bros. One Skootamota has a plated finish, and yet another is provided with a canopy for use in tropical countries.
The MotorCycle, November 27th, 1919