This letter is simply fantastic and it is full of meaning and significance. Here is a club, the Vespa Club of Britain, that (at least at the time) cared and responded to its members. I can't even conceive of how blown away I'd be if I was a 20-year-old and someone in a distant scooter club read a letter in a non-club magazine and took it upon themselves to personally respond.
This is love. Ian Kirkpatrick, VCB General Secretary, must have been someone with real feeling. He reached out, felt and understood the passion and curiosity for life that was in John's original letter to Scooter World magazine.
Gestures like Mr Kirkpatrick's are ones that forge lifelong attachments. It's no wonder John kept the letter and later in life had such strong feelings toward the concept of international fellowship related to Vespa clubs.