Buzzsolomoto classic scooters started life in the mid 90s when Antony Beaumont (Buzz) a qualified and experienced mechanical and electrical engineer as well as a motorcycle mechanic and keen scooterist, started importing Vespa's and Lambretta's from Spain and Italy.The first few trips were glorified holidays with friends, however things became more serious in febuary 2000 when Antony was made redundant and he decided to invest his redundancy, take the plunge and open his own business buying and selling scooters. Buzzsolomoto had arrived!
The company name Buzzsolomoto came about partly from Antonys nickname, Buzz, and from the spanish motor magazine 'solomoto' meaning literally 'only scooters'.
Being able to speak fluent Spanish helped a great deal and enabled Buzz to meet the locals and find out more about Spain and Italy, the people, their culture and how they like to do business. Contacts were slowly built up and friendships made,and before long various people were sourcing scooters that he could collect and transport back to Blighty on a regular basis.
Initially the scooters bieng brought in were sold on as complete bikes. Some of the straighter ones being restored by Buzz himself with the help of friends and fellow scoopter club members, some of the rougher ones getting stripped down and the parts sold seperately.
Kev Walsh and his L.C.G.B. parts fairs, and the national rallies proved a great place to sell the scooters and parts and soon family and friends alike were recruited to help out. The small stall was soon licked into shape and before long was growing rapidly, running smoother and stocking an ever wider selection of parts both new and second hand.
With our first website being launched and a mail order service starting to gather pace we had to do some serious thinking. The whole business was still being run from home but by now space was becoming a real issue and so the decision was finally made to look for more suitable commercial premises.
In 2006 Buzzsolomoto classic scooters opened its doors for business in a small unit in Halifax, West Yorkshire.
The last few years have seen us building up the business and expanding our already loyal customer base. The shop has enabled us to open accounts with a range of new suppliers and source quality parts from around the world, giving us an extensive range of parts for both Vespa and Lambretta.
In early 2012 we moved into larger premises and trebled our floorspace. We now have a 10,000 square foot unit with everything under one roof.
Our customer base continues to expand year on year which considering the current financial climate makes us all very proud of what we have managed to achieve so far.
A fully integrated e-commerce website is our latest addition which now runs alongside our ebay store, along with our showroom and sales counter, workshop and mail order operation. We are constantly trying to improve our service and provide a greater variety of products for our customers.
Still keeping it strictly family and friends our staff today are...
Buzz...... (Owner/ manager / Juggler of many balls)
Tracey.... Buzz`s sister in law ( Tells Buzz what to do and when)
Julie........Buzz`s sister (telephone sales / accounts / banking)
Fig........ Buzz`s friend (Full Time Saturday Lad)
John (Branny) Buzz`s friend (Mechanic)
Expansion for us has meant concentrating fully on the shop and the one down side of this has been that we can no longer give the time needed to trade at the various parts fairs and scooter rallies that we used to attend regularly.
We will never forget where we started though, and we can often still be found at various scooter rallies and events up and down the country even if it is just propping up the bar!
Finally not forgetting the very core of our business we still continue to import scooters from Spain and Italy on a regular basis, even though stocks are now drying up and the bikes are getting increasingly hard to find. This just makes it more of a challenge for us and we still look forward to our trips away, sometimes just to catch up with old friends, share a joke and a cold beer and to feel the sun on our backs, if only for a little while.