Edition 8 of ScooterNova magazine is at the printers, ready to go. The last two months have flown by with rallies in England, Wales, Scotland and Spain to attend, keeping our scooters’ wheels turning almost non-stop!
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I think it is to fair to say that from a personal point of view, this year’s Isle of Wight scooter rally was one of my favourites. It’s over 30 years since I first rode over there for a scooter rally and aside from the great weather, the journey, the laughs, the scooters, the fun and so much more went together perfectly to make Continue reading
For many Lambrettisti, the annual pilgrimage to the Euro Jamboree of Lambretta enthusiasts is the pinnacle of their season’s riding, and this year’s event is Continue reading
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
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 Lambretta Series 1 is a model we hold dear to our hearts here at Scooternova, which also translates into yes, we have and they are a lovely scooter to ride too! Sadly though, not in as amazingly original condition as this example which was recently unearthed by Rimini Lambretta Centre in Italy.
For those not in the know, a chap by the name of Vittorio Tessera is the man behind the Casa Lambretta range of Lambretta spare parts. The Scooter Museum near Milan is also his doing, and that contains a whole load of Innocenti related machines and archive , much of it on loan from the Innocenti family. In a nutshell, Mr Tessera is both very fortunate and very important. Continue reading