The nights are drawing in, October is almost over, which can only mean it’s time again for the annual BSRA Scooter Trade & Custom Show. Held again this year at The Spa Complex in Bridlington, Yorkshire, it all begins this Friday the 26th October at the Spa where the Continue reading
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It’s Sunday morning, but we don’t need an excuse to post this picture of a stunning Vespa Gran Sport, which can be found on display at at the Museo Piaggio in Pontedera, Italy.
Behind this lovely scooter, on the wall is a photo of Enrico Piaggio himself, looking down on one of the most beautiful vehicles his company created.
(for more museum exhibits, click here)
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!
Paolo Martin is an Italian car designer who has also dabbled with two wheelers as well over the years.
Amongst others, he’s known for his work with names such as Bertone and Pininfarina during the 1960s, De Tomaso, Ghia in the 1970s, designing and styling cars for brands like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat. He’s also done some work for Piaggio, as the image above may suggest…
It would appear Martin drew a car for Piaggio and also some mopeds, for both Piaggio and the Gilera brand which they also own. But of course it is the Vespas we want to know more about, isn’t it. Continue reading