70s TV advert – the ubiquitous Vespa PX

1977 Italian Vespa P-range advert (screen grab – click to view film).

1977 Italian Vespa P-range advert (screen grab – click to view film).

Back in 1977, Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio launched not just a new Vespa scooter but a new range of Vespas. I’m sure they didn’t realise back then that they’d still be manufacturing a PX in 2015, but they are, and this Italian television advert shows the first models in the range from 1977…

Vespa P-range television advertisement.

Scooter Tyres – how safe are yours?

Dunlop tyre advert circa mid-60s

Dunlop tyre advert circa mid-60s

Now in our fourth decade of riding scooters without a break, I’d like to think that here at Scooternova we’ve learned a little about tyres. Gone are the days where cheap ‘n’ cheerful Ditchfinders were the choice simply by virtue of the fact that they cost less than the rest, now we appreciate that road holding, cornering, grip, use in wet weather and a whole host of other features take priority.

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Vespa in Sao Paolo

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If you’re in Brazil for the World Cup and are missing your scooter, then from 10 June 2014 to 3 August 2014 there is a an exhibition in Sao Paolo celebrating the culture and design of the Vespa.

For more details visit the website or check out the Facebook page.

The 10th Giro dei Tre Mari – classic scootering in southern Italy

Tre Mari 2014, Vespa Club of Bari ready to go.

Tre Mari 2014, Vespa Club of Bari ready to go.

This year saw the 10th Tre Mari ‘race’ organised in the south of Italy by the Vespa Club of Bari, a four-day riding event covering nearly 1000 kilometres in which only geared scooters are allowed to enter.
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A baby Lambretta

A cruel person could suggest that the glamorous model is with this Lambretta in a desperate attempt to sell an unpopular model.

Lambretta Starstream

Lambretta Starstream

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New Vespa Sprint (Primavera) Scooter

Vespa Sprint

Nuovo Vespa Sprint

Just launched in Rome by Piaggio, the new Vespa Sprint 50 and 125 scooters which are the sporting variants of their recently launched new Primavera range. So what’s different about the Sprint then? Continue reading

The Euro Vespa Rally of 2006 in Torino

Back in 2006 a few of us rode down through France and over the Alps into Italy that summer – on P2s and a T5 – to celebrate 60 years of the Vespa at the EuroVespa Rally in Turin. Continue reading

Vespa Segway, Chair and (weird) light from Spain

Found on the AutoEvolution site, a design company in Spain has redesigned the Segway electric personal transport vehicle (I don’t really know what else to call it!), using Vespa parts to improve its look no end.

Vespa Segway by Bel & Bel.

Vespa Segway by Bel & Bel.


The Segway is a self-balancing vehicle, which Spanish company Bel & Bel have enhanced with what looks like a few bits from a Vespa smallframe.
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1950s Lambretta line up – lacklustre or not?

It’s easy to look at today’s line up of modern Vespa scooters and condemn it for being boring, especially if you’re a diehard Lambretta fan, but is that really fair?

British Lambretta leaflet, 1957.

British Lambretta leaflet, 1957.


After all Lambretta weren’t exactly setting the world alight all of the time…
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New Vespa GTS For 2014 – air-cooled scooter for local Asian market

Vietnamese made Vespa GTS Super & Vespa Primavera scooters, produced for the local market.

Vietnamese made Vespa GTS Super & Vespa Primavera scooters, produced for the local market.

Mid-November 2013 and Piaggio Vietnam launched a new Vespa GTS on the local market. This is a locally produced scooter in their Vietnamese factory and specifically for their local market (European, American, Australian, NZ Vespas for example are produced in Italy) and as well as taking advantage of cheaper labour rates and presumably more competitively sourced components, it also uses a locally produced 125cc 3-valve air-cooled engine that the Vietnamese factory produce for their Vespa LX and new Primavera range (also only for the local market).

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