The 1962 Lambretta Rally to Istanbul (video)

lam_Istanbul_rally_62Back 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

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?

Jude Law + Vespa = Alfie

Jude Law in the remake of Alfie.

Jude Law in the remake of Alfie.

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

Classic British scooter for sale – Swallow that pre-dates Lambretta (and with a Jaguar car link!)

Spotted on ebay earlier, this 1960 British Swallow Gadabout scooter for sale, all up and running.

1950 Swallow Gadabout

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.

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Jo Wood – the Lambretta Connection

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.

1970s Lambretta brochure

1970s Lambretta brochure


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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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Chi Vespa… What does it mean?

'An apple a day...' and all that.

‘An apple a day…’ and all that.

50cc scooters was and is a big market in Italy for a number of reasons, not only for the fact they’re cheap to run, but also that you can ride one from the age of 14.
 
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Bollywood Lambrettas, or is it Pakistan?

Although the title of this video on YouTube reads ‘Bollywood Goes Lambretta’, with my scooter anorak hood pulled fully up, I suspect this film was shot in Pakistan and not India.

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