Graham Keat was recently holidaying with his family in the small town of Carovigno, next door to Ostuni, situated in Italy’s southern region of Puglia. Ostuni is also known as ‘The White City’.
SIP Scootershop are celebrating; they have been going now for 25 years and to mark the occasion have designed and built their latest creation - the ‘Something Special’ Vespa racer.
Club member, Geoff Woodin, got in touch and sent me his review of Penguin’s 1962 book, ‘Scootering’. Despite the passing of 57 years, some points and tips in the book remain relevant and still apply today…
Every year there is an ITALY day in the Netherlands around Castle Haarzuylen. Food, cloth, cars, you name it and its on show
VVC's intrepid chairman is en route to the coming weekend's World Vespa Days (formerly Eurovespa), staged this year in Zanka (just southeast of Veszprem) in Hungary.
Dario Cerano, President of Vespa Club AMICINVESPA Busto Arsizio, brought this 'Vespa' curiosity to my attention, when he sent me a link to an article featured on Italian motorcycling website motociclismo.it
Not a Vespa, I know, but a stunning 1970 Lamborghini Miura photographed on the Vespa ride into work this morning. A bit self-indulgent perhaps, so excuse me for sharing this with you.
Ralf Jodl at SIP Scootershop sent me a link to their updated Vespa wideframe catalogue..
SIP's annual open day takes place in early May and marks, for many, the start of the scootering season..
Bernd Kirschner of Hola Vespa specialises in Spanish Vespas; his workshop is based in southern Germany's Bavaria region and he regularly visits España, importing vintage scooters.
Circumnavigating the island, taking in the cities and towns of Palermo, Taormina, Gela and Marsala and the tre mari, or three seas, that surround Sicily.
“Quattro Stagioni” - not talking about the pizza variety, an option found on the menus of many pizza restaurants these days, I refer instead to an Italian term meaning “Four Seasons”.
"Giallo" is yellow in Italian and this lovely small frame Vespa is most definitely that! Photographed by Andreas Dotzler, owner and rider of a modern Vespa.
When holidaying overseas, particularly in Italy, I often keep an eye out for classic Vespas, listening for that all too familiar “pop-pop” of a Vespa’s engine.
I say London to Brighton ride.. for me it was a Tring to Epsom to North London ride!
SIP Scootershop present the 2nd edition of their quartermile Race for Vespa & Lambretta scooters as part of the "German Vintage Scooters Championship" DBM.
VVC member Federico Savogin (nursing a cold) and friend Alessandro thought it would be a nice morning for a ride to the mountain village of Macugnaga, located at the base of Monte Rosa - Europe’s second tallest mountain!
Well that was Easter - some lovely weather and perfect for getting out and about on scooters. Dario Cena, President of Vespa Club Busto Arsizio - AMICINVESPA, sent me the above greeting along with these nice period images.
Working in Blackfriars, London this afternoon, I was close by to the Scooter Caffe bar, formerly Scooterworks cafe, located on Lower Marsh behind Waterloo station.
A classic Vespa would not really be the wedding vehicle of choice, to get you and your new bride to the waiting reception venue, or maybe it would be for a few brave souls..