Back in 1962, Lambrettista from all over Europe rode to Istanbul for a big international Lambretta scooter rally there. Those attending included scooterists from Scandinavia, Spain and the UK, many of those attending riding all the way there from their home countries. Continue reading →
After a break from t’interweb over Christmas, taking time to have a clear-out at home led to logging on once again and visiting that well-known auction website to see if it’s worth selling anything no longer wanted on there (not usually). Anyway, getting side-tracked as usual, I came across a rare film poster advertising the 2004 remake of Alfie, starring Jude Law and a Vespa. Continue reading →
Spotted on ebay earlier, this 1960 British Swallow Gadabout scooter for sale, all up and running.
1950 Swallow Gadabout
The Swallow Sidecar Company was formed in the 1920s, producing (as their name suggests) motorcycle sidecars, as well as specialising in coachworks. In the 1930s they branched into the car market as SS Cars Ltd, although after World War 2 they decided to rebrand as Jaguar Cars Ltd for obvious reasons.
In 1946, the Swallow Coachbuilding Company launched the Swallow Gadabout scooter which was the same year as the first Vespa 98, and pre-dated the Lambretta by a year.
Today Jo Wood is known to many for her range of organic products, as former wife of a Rolling Stone and to some, a contestant on BBCTV‘s Strictly Come Dancing. Before all that however, she was a model and was also photographed many a time with a Lambretta scooter or two.
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.