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Looking for info on Speedway motor scooters


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Old 09-06-2011, 12:42:52 AM
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Default Looking for info on Speedway motor scooters

I have seen 2 models of the Speedway motor scooters that I was told were manufactured in Kansas City in the late 40s. They have Gladden "Busy Bee" engines. I haven't been able to find any information on them. I would also like to obtain copies of any literature.
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Now those are two cool scooters!
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The steering geometry in pic. one looks deadly.
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Default Re: Looking for info on Speedway motor scooters

I just looked in a book I have, "The A to Z of Classic Scooters", and there isn't any mention of them in there. You've got my curiosity up now, I'll be looking for information myself.
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Default Re: Looking for info on Speedway motor scooters

This would be a LOOOOOOOONG shot but you might try Speedway Motors. They supply parts for Roundy Round racers and Street Rods. Speedy Bill, the owner is a big collector of Old Stuff. Since the scooter has the same name as his business, they might know something.

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My first Motor Veh. was a Red Speedway Motor Scooter.It was Mfg. in Glendale Calif. By Gladden. It was not a pretty sight.It had a "V" Belt drive with a centrifical Clutch. The Handle Bars were made from a straight piece of Pipe about 32 inches long. The engine was a Beehive one cylinder horozontal with the Cylinder pointing to the front. It had a Rope pull starter on the right side. The Rope was not attached it had a knot in it that fit in a notch ,and it had to be wrapped around the Metal cup attached to the Crankshaft. It had a gas tank about 15 inches long that looked like a big Loaf of Bread. It was in front of the seat. I was the Laughing stock of all my friends and my older Brother . They all had Cushman's. It was faster than any CushmanI have ever Ridden. So if you go to MUSTANG Motor Scooters at wikepedia You will find Gladden and how they












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Gladden Made 5 models of speedway before they made the Mustang Colt. I had one of the 5 models. I would guess I had it beginning in 1947.You can find a lot of info on the Mustang. If You check through the Mustang Colt sites. I also had a Jeepette Scooter, which I believe was made for the Navy during WW2.
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I asked jim Cavanugh, former production manager at Gladden about the Speedway scooters and he had never heard of them. I have only seen 3 Speedways. There was an article in an old American Bicyclist that profiled a dealer in South Dakota and showed Speedways on the showroom floor. Are you certain Gladden diidn't just make the engines? What were the 5 models?
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I believe Cavanugh was hired in 1949. This would have been after My used Speedway which I got in 1947. I have no Knowledge of what the 5 Models were. My Scooter was unlike the Two shown in the picture you show. I doubt that there was ever more than a few of any of the Models. As far as there being 5 Models There is an Article on the web that states the Mustang came after 5 attempts by Gladden to build a better Scooter.
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