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.

170hp Vespa? Pure Madness!!

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Fancy something different? This is Vespa P-range scooter had had a 1000cc engine stuffed into it and now puts out a whopping 170hp!

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Top 5 scooter Christmas presents

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all that rubbish over and done with, we thought we’d share with you a few suggestions of Christmas presents should your wish list include scooter related items. Well, who wouldn’t want Santa to pick up such things for the special day?

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Hot Rod custom Vespas from Russia

Bender, by Butcher Garage.

Bender, by Butcher Garage.

Butcher Garage are in St Petersburg, Russia, and they caught our eye recently with a couple of stunning custom Vespa scooters.

Bender, by Butcher Garage.

Bender, by Butcher Garage.

First there’s Bender,  about which Butcher Garage state “at the core of this project is that what remained of the 1966 Vespa 150 Super after a Huey unloaded all of its firepower might on it!” 10644587_573049099466727_3832235950217852952_o

It has a Pinasco 177cc top end, Mazzuccheli HP race-crank, RD350 reed, RZ left hand erformance exhaust, 28mm Keihin carburettor and Vespatronic ignition. Making sure all of this handles and stops is YSS supension, a Grimeca master cylinder and disc brake system at the front with Malossi Whoop disc.

Invader, by Butcher Garage.

Invader, by Butcher Garage.

Next there is Invader, which was once a French ACMA Vespa before being modified to include a trick lifting rear end, in true hot rod style.

Invader, by Butcher Garage.

Invader, by Butcher Garage.

This engine has been treated to a Malossi 166 kit, with a 30mm Dellorto carb, Mazzuccheli crank, has Bitubo suspension and a semi-hydraulic Grimeca disc brake at the front.

Truly stunng scooters, we think you’ll agree, and you can find out more about Butcher Garagre and view more photographs by visiting the Butcher Garage Facebook page.

And if you like this, why not check out some of our earlier blogs featuring anything and everything scooter related, from 105mph 51hp Vespas, to South American Lambrettas, resto to custom scooters, nostalgia and more besides. CLICK HERE to see the most recent.

Vespa & sidecar for sale – Buyer beware!

Vespa sidecar.

Vespa sidecar.

It was a combination of the £4,995 price tag and the headline of a ‘1965 Vespa PX 150’ that caught our eye… and set alarm bells ringing!

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Gorgeous Vespa GL Street Rod

Scooter and Service of Hamburg, Germany (S+S), have got themselves a bit of a reputation for producing some seriously trick street Vespas – we’ve featured a few here over the last year, like this piece of scooter porn, the scooter it was being fitted to here, and this tidy Vespa Cosa too. Well here is another one…

Vespa GL 221cc street rod scooter.

Vespa GL 221cc street rod scooter.

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Isle of Wight scooter rally 2014 – Wish you were here!

IOW Custom Show, 2014

IOW Custom Show, 2014

It’s the August Bank Holiday weekend, and so where else have we ridden our scooters to but the Isle of Wight for the International scooter rally there – probably the biggest of its kind Continue reading

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.

NOS Power – a Vespa from Down Under to lust over!

S.S. Scooter Engineering, Sydney.

S.S. Scooter Engineering, Sydney.

SS Scooter Engineering of Sydney Australia are the people behind this latest piece of scooter art that we’ve recently discovered on the world-wide web. Continue reading