Part manual of handy hints, part practical guide, and above all a humorous personal diary, A Tin of Tomatoes and a Tiny Scooter is a tale of what typically befalls those who choose to restore a classic vehicle. In this case, it is the authors obscure 1960s model Italian motor scooter.
Follow the almost quixotic journey, as Gary L. Edgar first imports the bike, and then begins the time and dollar-devouring process of restoring his 1964 Ducati Brio 48 motor scooter, an unloved oddity from the famous Italian motorcycle company.
Outclassed in the eras marketplace by Vespa and Lambretta, the Ducati Brio fluttered briefly into life before disappearing into obscurity as a now rare beast, even in its native Italy. It became the authors mission to restore the Brio to something more than its former glory, to the road, and to the public eye.
From a dealer in classic motorcycles in the town of Manduria in the south of Italy, the Brio travels in a shipping container along with tinned tomatoes, to eventually arrive in Brisbane, Australia.
In this frequently hilarious saga of tears and triumphs, the tiny Brio finally emerges to win both public admiration and trophies at bike shows in Australia.
Hop aboard for the ride of your life.
Gary L. Edgar has lived most of his life in Brisbane, Australia. The former freelance copywriter is now retired and enjoys his passion of restoring old motorcycles and scooters. "The restoration had been serialized over the years in various motorcycle club magazines, but the reactions of the general public on the streets, in cafes, and at bike shows prompted me to commit the Brios story to a book."