In the Scooter collection “Kornhaeusl Roland” you find around 85 scooters and micro cars from the 50s and 60s of the 20th century. It was the time after the cleanup of the chaos the World War II caused all around. With…
„We are writing the year 1973. “ It was the year in which I was born and already infected by the “Oldtimer-virus”. Not to the knowledge of my parents and undetected by the doctors the virus was able to spread out in my body until the first outbreak in young years. Several and desperate, but unsuccessful, psychological treatments were done (by my parents) to me with the result that the virus in my body is incurable.
It all started with an old Minerva radio from the 50s which I brought to life again at the tender age of 10. I was regular visitor of the local markets which were organized from time to time to sell off all the old stuff which were collected through ages but not used any longer. It was a paradise for me and I was able to find some interesting items for little money.
From the radios the way was leading to the motor vehicles. And what would be closer as to restore a vintage bike which was produced in Austria, better even which was produced in Styria. The choice: to restore a Puch 125 SV built in 1956.
After some time my interest changed to vintage scooters from the 50s and 60s (with an engine size of at least 100 ccm or more) which I found much more interesting because of a more different and beautiful designs. Another point was that the scooters compared to the common motorbikes were more innovative, offered a wider variety of vehicles and met the demands from the customers much better than motorbikes at that time. It was a decade where people overcame the years of re-establishing the infrastructure which were destroyed through WW II. The scooter became the common vehicle – for work, shopping, travelling… It was the age before people were able to afford a micro car like a Goggomobil, BMW Isetta, Zuendapp Janus or even a VW Beetle.
During the years I found and collected more and more items as well as knowledge. Some national and international journals and magazines invited me to write some reports about Austrian scooters. So I did and wrote some stories about KTM and Lohner scooters.
In the year 2001 I did not feel “infected” (some people, especially my parents, seemed to be happy about it) any longer and my collection found a new home and went from the “small” Austrian country to the “big” United States of America. Unfortunately the collection was partly sold and spread all over America.
Most probably the symptoms of the disease were just suppressed by some other stronger fights inside me because it broke out some years later – in 2007 – even with much stronger intensity than before. The result of it is a vintage scooter collection which covers more than 50 pieces.
… work in progress – thank you for your understanding