The devil’s in the detail

As we get closer to Easter, scooter projects across the globe get nearer to completion. But how many of those little finishing touches have you still to get? Continue reading

Classic Vespa restoration in just 3 minutes!

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-19-31-10Okay, so it’s actually three minutes and 10 seconds, but that wouldn’t have worked as a title!
In fact, if we’re being Continue reading

Lambrettas and Vespas in Old Saigon

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Today restored scooters from Asian are often treated with suspicion by scooterists in the Western world, but we often forget these modern-day classics were once everyday commuters out there. A young Vietnamese architect has decided to demonstrate his love for Saigon by publishing a book featuring his own sketches of the city in the old times, which for Continue reading

1967 – What type of scooterist are you?

We found this in an old scooter magazine form the 1960s and saw a number of similarities to riders today.

So, what type of scooterist are you then?

Mod? Wobbler? Commuter? Or A. N. Other?

Drop us a line and let us know!

Redex advert 1967.

Redex advert 1967.

Lambretta Scootacaddy by Rhiando

Scootacaddy by Rhiando Products Ltd.

Scootacaddy by Rhiando Products Ltd.

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!