vespamore photography - 35mm film photography by Paul Hart, gallery - here
RETROSPECTIVE SCOOTERS book, photography by Paul Hart, available to order via link - here
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When demolishing a floor to start work on foundations for new housing, the builder came across a bricked up basement with twelve Douglas Vespa 92L2 frames, still in their original red primer. Unfortunately three of the frames were crushed by the concrete debris that rained down on them, one has since gone 'missing' but the remaining eight were relatively okay. After receiving a few initial offers for the frames, the builder contacted Retrospective who eventually relieved him of the sought after frames.
Many of them are wearing surface rust after years sitting in their 'tomb' but nothing too serious that can't be sorted, once London Scooter Bodyshop and Retrospective Scooters get to work on them.
What a great story - it brings to mind Howard Carter and the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb.
You can read the full story and see additional photos taken on site in Bristol in Issue One of ScooterNova magazine Additionally, you can see the full set of 35mm film shots I took of these vespa frames at Retrospective Scooters/The London Scooter Bodyshop here
A good friend couldn't house this vintage DYNATRON stereo cabinet with in-built Garrard turntable and asked my other half & I if we'd like it..
A lovely thing... think it needs a new belt drive for the turntable and hopefully we'll soon have it working. Need to dig out our old vinyl; am already thinking what to play first - currently it's a toss up between Jimi's Electric Ladyland or Abbey Road..
Phone shots above of nicely restored Vespa Sprint seen at Retrospective Scooters/The London ScooterBodyshop the other day, painted in the classic VBB metallic blue - the owner wanted a change after having it for years in the original Sprint silver.
Was chatting with LSB's owner who was saying virtually half the original frame was rotten and had to be cut out and replaced with welded-in new metal panels. You can see a film shot I took below of discarded, rotten metal panels..
..followed by another shot below of frame (PX, not the Sprint from above) in a jig so it can be welded back together with the new metal. If not held securely in place the metal would literally be like jelly...
...once the welding and re-construction has been completed, the frames are shot-blasted and readied for painting below. I make this sound straightforward but pattern replacement panels often need a good deal of time spent manipulating and fettling them to get the fit and lines perfect, which takes someone with the necessary know-how and skills..
Niall (Retrospective) and Dave (London Scooter Bodyshop) say that customers will choke on a sharp intake of breath, when told a fully restored scooter starts at over £5000 and that's say for a Sprint or Super, you could double it thereabouts for a GS150. Granted these can often be phone customers who haven't been to the workshops, based in North East London. Unless taking the time to visit, walk around and speak to Niall and Dave and fully understand what goes into a 'proper' restoration, people fail to comprehend how these 'cheap' Italian shopping bikes can be so expensive. As with anything in life; no matter which way you try to spin it, you always get what you pay for and as Dave mentioned, owning a fully restored scooter these days has increasingly become a luxury.
For more on the phenomenon of the £5K scooter, read on here on Retrospective's website.
Brand new scooter magazine, ScooterNova is being officially launched at this Easter weekend's BSRA Scarborough scooter rally. Those who have placed online subscriptions to the mag from overseas and in the UK will be receiving the first issue over the weekend/early next week. Read more on the ScooterNova blog here
If you would like to place an order for this exciting new scooter magazine, click here
Taken through our kitchen window at home the other evening with my Olympus OM-2N on Fuji Superia 35mm film - the tones, textures, subtleties and flare pretty much sum up why I persevere using film over digital.
It doesn't always come off but when it does, the results can be something else..
Part of my scrapbook film album here
Took a few film shots of this beautifully straight, UK registered second series GS160 in it's original paint.
Taken on Fuji Superia with my Olympus OM-2N on a visit last week to Retrospective Scooters. This GS has now been sold to a collector who's already considerable collection at the time, I photographed for the second edition of my Retrospective Scooters book
It was a particularly sunny day last Friday when I took these and despite me positioning the scoot in the shade of the red shipping container, are a tad bleached out and lacking in contrast. A bit of a shame but composition-wise a few of these I'm quite pleased with; the above being my favourite shot. The portrait shot, composed to illustrate the distinct tapered shape of the front mudguard/fender is also not bad - see full set here
camera phone shot