NSU Scooters – the Lambretta evolution

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Advert from 1956

Back in 1951, NSU of Germany signed a deal with Innocenti of Italy to build Lambretta scooters at their factory in Neckarsulm under licence. The deal was to last for Continue reading

Buy a Bastert scooter!

theBastert Einspurauto scooter soon to be auctioned in Australia

Lot 23 at the Motoclassica auction in Melbourne, Australia on 24 October 2015 is Continue reading

February 1960 – Snow & Lambretta holiday guide!

Power & Pedal, Feb 1960

Power & Pedal, Feb 1960

With snow falling in Great Britain in February 2015, it seemed the perfect time to share this cover from an old British magazine from 55 years ago, the Continue reading

Atomic retro scooter art

Possibly a bit late for Christmas presents this year – unless you’re one of our Canadian readers – we recently stumbled across these lovely pieces of artwork that may well flick your switch.

Mark Atomos Pilon

Mark ‘Atomos’ Pilon

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Lambretta Scootacaddy by Rhiando

Scootacaddy by Rhiando Products Ltd.

Scootacaddy by Rhiando Products Ltd.

Thanks to the scooter boom here in Great Britain during the late 1950s, a number of innovative people surfaced with products they thought us scooter riders would enjoy.

Some of the most creative were courtesy of the Rhiando family who were big fans of the then new ‘fibreglass’ style material. Dad Spike Rhiando created a roofs scooter in the 1950s (long before BMW, Benelli or Adiva who all produced such scooters in the late 1990s) and tried to ride it from England to South Africa, abandoning his trip somewhere in the Sahara desert.

His next venture was the Scootamobile for the Harper aircraft company of Exeter, the only known surviving example being displayed at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset.

Meanwhile son Max (aka Buster) Rhiando was behind Rhiando Products Ltd of Guildford in Surrey who produced a range of accessories made of ‘Rhiteglass’, including this Scootacaddy from 1960, which was apparently tailor-made to fit to the front end of either a Vespa or Lambretta, pictured here attached to a Lambretta Series 1. The Scootacaddy could accommodate “helmet, gloves, coat or parcels”, was lockable and retailed at £13.17s.6d.

Today such an accessory is as rare hen’s teeth, and for good reason we reckon!

 

The Honda Juno scooter – Japanese giant’s grand entrance

Today Japanese manufacturing giant Honda are known for cars, twist & go plastic scooters, and motorcycles – one of which has just powered MotoGP ride Marc Marquez to another championship winning season.

But back in 1954 the fledgling company produced its first scooter,  Juno K-Type.

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An English Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

Everyone know Audrey Hepburn starred with Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday, a film that launch the career of the Vespa scooter on the silver screen. Continue reading

Scooter tyres delivered the Michelin way

Following look into the archive of scooter tyre adverts last week, we’ve been asked for more and thought you’d enjoy this from Michelin in 1953…

A Michelin representative delivers the goods with his Vespa scooter combination. Ideal for multiple drops of small items in urban areas (http://heritage.michelin.co.uk/p1953.htm)

A Michelin representative delivers the goods with his Vespa scooter combination.
Ideal for multiple drops of small items in urban areas. (http://heritage.michelin.co.uk/p1953.htm)

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World Cup Fever – Brazilian Lambrettas

Lambretta Brazil

Lambretta do Brasil

Okay so it’s a tenuous link, but hey, we like scooters and it seems a topical time to return to some of those from southern America, okay? Continue reading

Casa Lambretta Clothing

Casa Lambretta

Casa Lambretta

I suppose it was only a matter of time, but finally Casa Lambretta of Italy have joined the masses and produced a range of clothing. Unlike some other brands however, this is actually quite stylish and certainly unique.

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