ScooterExpo – a fabulous new show

This weekend saw the doors open for ScooterExpo, an event that had been eight months in the planning, although in my mind for a fair bit longer than that.
While I may have first considered the concept of a new scooter event prior to launching ScooterNova magazine back in 2017, it couldn’t have happened without the help of my friend Iggy at ScooterLab UK. After sharing ideas of an event organised by the both of us, we sat down at the end of 2018 to discuss the potential, various suggestions, and after he came up with the venue, ScooterExpo was born – the first joint event by ScooterNova magazine and SLUK.

Norrie Kerr’s Vespa SS50 in the foreground at ScooterExpo.
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What’s inside number 9? New edition out soon!

Good news folks, edition 9 of ScooterNova magazine is on the way!
Completed and printed in time for the Isle of Wight scooter rally next weekend, you can pre-order online and be one of the first to receive it.
So what’s to look forward to in edition 9?

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STOLEN LAMBRETTA – Please help recover it



Some low life scum has stolen Chuck’s famous Series 2 TV175 off his driveway between 6pm last night and 1pm today!  The registration number is 402 TPE.

I cannot tell you how devastated Chuck is as we all are. He has had this scooter from new and we all know it very well. The scooter was chained up and under cover.

This may not be a coincidence but according to Chuck, a bloke knocked on his door yesterday afternoon at 5pm enquiring if Chuck wanted to sell his scooter. Chuck told him it was not for sale and they chatted for 5-10 mins. He said he came from the Peterborough area but we cannot tell if this is true or not. I am not saying that this guy stole it but it would be good to find him so he can be eliminated from the police enquiry.

It has been reported to the police as stolen and they are coming round to see Chuck at 7pm tonight to interview and take a statement.


Please share this message to all so we can make the scooter too hot to handle and find the low life scum. If you have any information leading to the culprit or its location, please let us or Chuck know directly so we can pass the details onto the Police.

London to Milan by Lambretta

It’s a ride that’s often discussed in pubs and bars around the UK, taking your Lambretta scooter back to its birth place in Italy. Continue reading

Rare Lambretta Standard for sale

'Lambretta Standard' from Brazil.

‘Lambretta Standard’ from Brazil.

For those that didn’t know, there was a factory producing Lambretta scooters in Brazil from the 1950s until possibly as late as the 1980s, although those late models were in fact derivatives of the old Lambretta 3-wheeler which at first glance looked little like the vehicles they were based upon (they also produced them in Colombia, as we’ve posted in the past here).

But back to the Standard pictured in this post.

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The Lambretta Series 1 – the growing popularity of the oldies

A fine selection of Lambretta Series 1 scooters in Ryde, Isle of Wight, August 2012.

A fine selection of Lambretta Series 1 scooters in Ryde, Isle of Wight, August 2012.

There’s no doubting that in recent years the older Lambrettas have grown in popularity. Whether this is because we’re all getting older and our tastes change, or the market has dictated things, I’m not sure. “The market” I hear you cry… Yes, maybe…

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Lambretta Factory – Eibar, Spain

I can’t remember where i found this photograph so apologies to whomever first uploaded it (let me know and I’ll give you the credit, it’s well deserved!).

Anyway, I fell in love with this image straight away, of a chap working the metal presses in what must have been a very hot and noisy job. As you can see, a pair of Lambretta Series 2 panels are stamped out of one piece of steel, the factory worker about to offer them into the next machine for trimming.

The Spanish factory suffered plenty of turmoil throughout the 1970s and 80s until it eventually closed, but it was just one of those towns you had to visit on your Lambretta one day – so we did back in 2010 on trip down the west coast through France from England.

Li Series 2 panels being produced at the Lambretta factory in Eibar, Spain.

Li Series 2 panels being produced at the Lambretta factory in Eibar, Spain.