We’ve known the folks at Rimini Lambretta Centre for many years now, shared many an adventure with them and had the pleasure of not only their company both in Italy as well as hosting them in the UK, but also their scooters and scooter skills too (in fact RLC kindly did the engine for my Starstream I’m currently rebuilding). Over the years many friendships have been formed there, which is a wonderful thing to say about a business.Continue reading
Looking forward to some quality reading time over the Festive period? Lucky for you the brand new edition 17 of ScooterNova will be published next week and all those who subscribe or pre-order a copy will have theirs posted out before the Royal Mail’s ‘last posting’ date for UK delivery.Continue reading
In edition 16 of ScooterNova magazine we celebrate the Bertone-designed dl/Grand Prix model, which was the final new Lambretta to be produced in Italy before Innocenti closed their scooter division. You can read more about that here and buy the magazine here.
Our regular contributor and Innocenti archivist Vittorio Tessera has just uncovered a very interesting piece of paperwork that lists all the completed models of Lambretta scooter and three-wheeler that were in the factory on the closing date of 30 April 1971.
As you can see, they had stock of the pedal-assisted mopeds, versions of the final J50 scooter, a few Lui models and the latest dl in 125, 150 and 200cc variants, as well as 169 versions of the 200 Electronic. Cross-referencing these figures with previously published production dates suggests that either said dates can be corrected now this piece of information has come to light, or that there were plenty of unsold, small-capacity Lambrettas sitting around at the Innocenti factory gathering dust for a while.
Also interesting is that aforementioned production figures suggest that the Lambro 600 was assembled in January 1972, so maybe a later order was honoured using pre-produced parts to keep the workforce busy while Innocenti tried to find a buyer for their scooter plant and brands?
In the past I might have said here, “we’ll probably never know,” but there is of course every chance that Vittorio will find yet more revealing paperwork the deep he searches the archives!
**If the story of Innocenti and it’s scooter products interests you, then you’ll be pleased to learn that Vittorio Tessera writes regular articles for ScooterNova magazine. ScooterNova is an independent publication, produced by scooterists every two months. To find out more and to subscribe visit the magazine website here.
It’s all about the numbers. The 50th anniversary of the Vespa 50 Special; 50 years since the Lambretta dl/Grand Prix was launched; we’ve got a new 225, a 180Continue reading
This weekend sees us pointing our scooters south and riding down to sunny Devon for the annual Woolacombe Scooter Rally, and with sunshine forecast for the journey down we’reContinue reading
This weekend saw the doors open for ScooterExpo, an event that had been eight months in the planning, although in my mind for a fair bit longer than that.
While I may have first considered the concept of a new scooter event prior to launching ScooterNova magazine back in 2017, it couldn’t have happened without the help of my friend Iggy at ScooterLab UK. After sharing ideas of an event organised by the both of us, we sat down at the end of 2018 to discuss the potential, various suggestions, and after he came up with the venue, ScooterExpo was born – the first joint event by ScooterNova magazine and SLUK.
We finally arrived at the rally site for this year’s EuroLambretta in Zakopane, Poland this afternoon. We set off from home last Friday and have ridden our old Lambretta scooters just over 1000 miles and through five countries… so far!
The site was bustling we we arrived and we were soon chatting with friends and fellow Lambretta riders from all over Europe.
Tomorrow (Saturday) you will find ScooterNova magazine helping out on the Lambretta Club Great Britain stall in the ‘market area’ of the rally. If any fellow riders need spares etc for their scooters then the LCGB will as always have the essential get you home stuff, along with their popular range of merchandise too.
The club will also have the latest edition of ScooterNova magazine for sale, as well as previous editions. We will have a small selection of magazine merchandise also available, along with offering subscriptions and renewals for all those who like to do this annually at the EuroLambretta rally, oh and did I mention we have some new, shiny stickers too?
So please feel free to come by and say hello tomorrow to us and the LCGB stall volunteers and have a great time in Poland!
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Bertone-designed Lambretta Grand Prix being launched. It also marks 50 years of Ray Kemp working with Lambrettas, although Ray possibly won’t thank us for reminding him of that fact. Continue reading
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