Vespa 50 Special – Fully Loaded (Pt. 2)

Following on from our previous post…

Bryn Owen on his Vespa 50

Bryn Owen on his Vespa 50

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Vespa 50 Special – fully loaded!

The humble Vespa 50 Special was the first scooter for many turning 16 during the 1980s here in the UK.
Understandably it became the transport of choice for many a young aspiring Mod, but could you imagine it would cope with this many optional accessories?
Truly a peacock amongst scooters!

**(Check out our new, updated article on this scooter, posted 1 March 2015)

Bryn on his Vespa 50 Special (early 1980s).

Bryn on his Vespa 50 Special (early 1980s).

Who is Lord Lambretta?

Back in 2013 this Lambretta TV scooter was spotted in the car park at the House of Lords. They didn’t know then who the rider was, and it seems we still don’t – can anyone shed any light on the peer rider yet?

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Read the original story at the Huffington Post.

Isle of Wight scooter rally 2014 – Wish you were here!

IOW Custom Show, 2014

IOW Custom Show, 2014

It’s the August Bank Holiday weekend, and so where else have we ridden our scooters to but the Isle of Wight for the International scooter rally there – probably the biggest of its kind Continue reading

RIP Tony Class

Legendary scooter rider, Mod, promoter and DJ Tony Class was laid to rest on 27 May after losing his battle with cancer.

Tony Class's funeral, May 2014.

Tony Class’s funeral, May 2014.

A larger than life character, Tony had been part of the scooter scene since the 1970s and was known by many Mods and scooterists nationwide for his work.

It was a privilege to have known Tony over the years and attend his funeral which saw his Lambretta GP being ridden behind the horse-drawn hearse, and hundreds of scooterists following causing chaos around the A4 in West London as we all arrived at the church in Chiswick – Tony would have loved that!

RIP Mr Page (aka Tony Class) and thank you for all the good times.

Carnaby Street, London, 1967

Carnaby Street, 1967.

Carnaby Street, 1967.

London’s Carnaby Street in 1967 with a Lambretta TV parked closest to the camera.

This image is from a postcard so I’m sorry but we cannot provide any further information that what we can see. Still, it’s a lovely old photograph that deserves to be viewed, doesn’t it?

Quadrophenia Replica Lambretta sells for over $200,000!

Quadrophenia_filnOn Saturday 23 November Sotheby’s in New York held a charity auction in aid of RED, a charity founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to engage business and people in the fight against AIDS.

Designers Jony Ive (design boss at Apple) and Marc Newson collaborated with musician Bono to organise the charity auction and one of the 44 lots was a replica of the Lambretta ridden by Jimmy in the film Quadrophenia. To add to this, Continue reading

New Lambretta lookalike for 2014 – Scomadi to launch at Eicma

Scomadi leaflet

Scomadi leaflet

British company Scomadi have announced they will launch their new range of scooters at Eicma, aka Milan Motorcycle Show next week in Italy.

A few years ago a couple of businesses on the North West got together to create a classic styled scooter with a modern automatic engine. PM Tuning and Scooter Innovation (aka Lambretta Innovation)’s first offering were titled Series 4 and Series 5, built to order and based around the styling of the Lambretta GL/ dl range which was originally design for Innocenti by Bertone.

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Hippy Chic – Vespa SS180 from Eddy Grimstead

East London Lambretta and Vespa dealer Eddy Grimstead was one of the best when it came to marketing scooters.

Early on in the 1960s he produced his Lambretta Imperial dealer special, but it was probably the ‘Grimstead Hurricaine’ Vespa that became based on the SS180 when that was launched in 1965, which was the most well-known.
 
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Pinball Wizard – Wanna be one of the faces?

The Who‘s Tommy gets the ‘Super DeLuxe’ treatment and is re-released with bonus tracks in November.

The launch party takes place at a secret location in London (by which they mean yet to be announced to avoid hundreds of fans turning up unannounced) on 22nd October 2013, and Vespa are offering five lucky people the chance to each win a pair of tickets to this exclusive event.

Their blurb reads, “sign up below for the chance to win a pair of tickets to join Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey at the Tommy Launch Party”, although whether you’ll get the chance to meet two of rock’s great icons is unknown. At the launch you will also apparently get to see the brand new documentary ‘Sensation – The Story of The Who’s Tommy’.

For more details on how to enter (and you’d better be quick) go to the Vespa Facebook page, although we had to sign in to Facebook to find all of their posts. But hey, haven’t most people signed up by now?

Tommy - the DeLuxe edition

Tommy – the DeLuxe edition