|Don on his GT200 at Elvington Sprint in 1965|
Don Noys who was once described as the fastest Scooterist in the UK after a sprint record he set on a GT200 at Chelveston in 1964 passed away in December 23, 2011 after a long battle against Cancer.
Born in 1930 he ran a shop called Shead Scooters based in Tulse Hill, South London in the 1960’s, his Lambretta dealership eventually went on to become Don Noyes Ltd and right from coming second in the very first British Scooter Road Race in 1960 he was involved in Scooter Sport at the highest level. He took part in record breaking sprints, road races, the Isle of Man Scooter Week and even attempted the wall of death on a Lambretta!
He was also an amateur journalist writing several articles for the motorcycling/scooter magazines of the day. But he was best known for his attempts on the British scooter speed records in 1964 and 1965 on his famous GT200 "Stingray", establishing eight records over this two year period. Don was also instrumental in arranging for the Ancillotti brothers to visit the UK in 1966 for their successful attempts at the speed records.
As far as dealer specials are concerned Don ( along with Ray Collins ) built Six Lambretta Specials called the Noy Stingray to compete in Scooter Scrambles during 1964/65 using both 175cc and 200cc engines. At least two of the Stingrays still exist and are both in the UK.
In 1976 Don Emigrated to New Zealand with his family and later moved to Australia. He settled in Brisbane until he passed away in late December.
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