Scooter rallies 2016 – our new promo video

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Yes finally, a new video to watch! But first apologies for the abnormally quiet period from us but we’ve had a few exciting things going on in the background that we’ll be able to share with you  Continue reading

An afternoon in France with Vespa (and Silver City)

Taking your scooters to France for the afternoon, for less than a fiver? it can only be the 1950s, can’t it? Continue reading

Adopting a Design Icon

1950s Phonosuper SK5 designed by Dieter Rams.

1950s Phonosuper SK5 designed by Dieter Rams.

The Design Museum in London closed back in May in preparation for a move from its location on the River Thames near Tower Bridge, west to its new location on Kensington High Street. What has this got to do with scooters? Well, to help  Continue reading

Vespa 70th anniversary event

  2016 will be the 70th anniversary of the Vespa scooter, April 1946 being when the Vespa 98 made its debut. 

There will no doubt be many celebrations next year, but the biggest here in England is likely to be this Vespa Club of Britain rally to the home of Douglas built Vespa scooters, Bristol. 

The date is 15-17 July 2016 and as the advert states, VCB members will learn more in future editions of the club magazine. 

Not a member? Visit the club’s website here

An English Roman Holiday

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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

Free Tax for Classic Scooters

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While currently all vehicles in the UK are considered ‘historic’ for road tax (or Vehicle Excise Duty) purposes if manufactured prior to 1 January 1973, it seems that in the latest Government budget a decision has been made to revert to a rolling system. This will begin on 1 April 2014 and will be update annually to include 40-year-old vehicles. More details to be found on the Scootering magazine website.

The Arthur Francis Manhatten (aka Manhattan)

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Arthur Francis 1967 brochure.

 

As we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the AF S-Type scooter this year, it’s only fair that we give a little mention to its lesser known stable-mate, the Manhattan. Continue reading

New Vespa GTS For 2014 – air-cooled scooter for local Asian market

Vietnamese made Vespa GTS Super & Vespa Primavera scooters, produced for the local market.

Vietnamese made Vespa GTS Super & Vespa Primavera scooters, produced for the local market.

Mid-November 2013 and Piaggio Vietnam launched a new Vespa GTS on the local market. This is a locally produced scooter in their Vietnamese factory and specifically for their local market (European, American, Australian, NZ Vespas for example are produced in Italy) and as well as taking advantage of cheaper labour rates and presumably more competitively sourced components, it also uses a locally produced 125cc 3-valve air-cooled engine that the Vietnamese factory produce for their Vespa LX and new Primavera range (also only for the local market).

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