April 6th saw Retrospective Scooters and The London Scooter Bodyshop hold their annual open day. The weather held out to see a great turnout of some truly beautiful and unique scooters.
Organised by The Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club, to take part in the London to Brighton Pioneer Run, you have to have a motorcycle, tricycle, or bike and sidecar that 'left the factory' before 1st Jan 1915.
SIP have upgraded the Vespa’s original braking systems with the introduction of two new product lines - the SIP Premium and the SIP Performance brake shoes made from softer, frictional materials.
Club members, and intrepid Vespa travellers, Warren & Hayley Jopson, visited Thailand over the festive period; in addition to getting some downtime and warm weather, they were guests at the Northern Scooter Rally.
German Vespa friend, Jorg Hemker from Munster, sent me a copy the other day of German namesake's, Vespa Veteranen Club Deutschland, club magazine.
Some photos below taken at last weekend's PrimaverArese event kindly sent in by VVC member Federico Savogin and friends from Vespa Club Busto Arsizio Amicinvespa - grazie a tutti ; )
A few of you have asked if we can have For Sale and Wanted small ads in the JOURNAL. If you are looking to sell your Vespa or are searching for something specific, let me know and I will squeeze it in.
Yesterday (March 29), seventy three years ago, Piaggio presented their Vespa model, patented April 23 1946, to the market - it seems only fitting to wish the grand lady Happy Birthday!
My day off yesterday was spent at Retrospective Scooters; having taken my Motovespa GT160 in for a service, following the winter break. An MOT is no longer required but I would rather be safe than sorry!
“I’m Chrise Ariotedja, I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. I’ve been into scootering for nearly 16 years, my first scooter was an ivory Vespa VBB that I bought for about £500 in 2003.”
‘Amici in Vespa’ translates as Vespa Friends or Friends on a Vespa; which sums it up perfectly! My Italian vespista friend Federico Savogin sent me this lovely old photo of his club back in the day.
When it comes to applying stickers on my scooter I'm very particular!
At IL CENTRO di Arese, one of Europe's largest shopping malls, comes PrimaverArese with two unmissable events that will take us back through time and let us relive the myth of the Vespa.
A couple of new items from SIP Scootershop are these new helmets to mark their 25th anniversary and a handy butterfly, or jubilee, clip for those hard to get places on your scooter.
VVC web manager, Alan Springall has been out and about braving a wet Kettering for the Wicksteed Parts Fair and a very blustery London, for the Kickstart rideout from the London Eye to Hoxton.
“Last summer my better half and I spent a week on a cruise in the Mediterranean, each day the ship pulled into a different port. During these excursions I took the opportunity to take a few snaps of any Vespas I came across.”
A familiar face and regular at VVC events, Richard Rawlins got in touch as he's hit upon the perfect vehicle for club rallies...
Have you ever wondered how many Vespa models are owned collectively across the club, which model is the most popular, how many members own just one and those where one is just not enough...??
The VVC club shop currently has a surplus of cog badges that have been reduced from the regular price of £20 to £15.
The latest issue of ScooterNova Magazine was waiting on my doormat when I got home last night. I'm fortunate in that I occasionally get to contribute photography and text, and for the latest issue…