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Like waiting for a bus; you wait ages for one to appear then two turn up at the same time..!
Saw this pair of beautiful Vespa SS180s at the Veteran Vespa Club's Canterbury rally, July 2013. Both were in excellent original condition, still wearing their red factory paint. The one with the screen is an early example from 1964; it was completely over painted with a similar red. The paint was painstakingly removed by it's owner with wet & dry paper over a few weeks to reveal the original factory paint.
Taken with my Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko F/1.4 lens on Kodak Portra 400ASA 35mm film. View full set - here
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Another 35mm film shot from the set of fotos I took at last weekend's Veteran Vespa Club Canterbury rally, 11th - 14th July. See previous post - here
Was pleased with how this came out, the Douglas Vespa on the right looked great. Nice to see it painted in black; nice as they are I do get a bit used to seeing these '50s models in the same factory metallic green - interesting rear light shroud too...
Cool shot taken on board Rally 200 - S.I.P.
Scootershop boys en route from Bavaria to the Mormoiron rally hosted by
Scooter Club du Sudest. You can get live updates of this year's SIP
Vespatour, check out details below...
"Here we will report live
from our SIP Tour 2013 - 12 vintage Vespas, 2500km, Germany, Austria,
Switzerland, France, Italy. Target is Mormoiron and the Scooter Meeting
of the Scooter Club du Sudest. We will upload pictures here from time to
time to keep you posted - enjoy!" www.sip-scootershop.comwww.facebook.com/scootershop
Love this shot from SI.P. Scootershop taken at their recent 'Joyride' - reckon this capture sums up 'Joyride' perfectly! See full set of shots from this year's ride here I got to ride partially around Lake Amersee along these lovely roads when I visited S.I.P. at their Landsberg HQ back in April - happy days!
Nice little film below from S.I.P. Scootershop of this year's jaunt by
vespa en masse around Lake Amersee in Bavaria, Southern Germany. I
reckon someone must have been doing some 'van surfing' to get the aerial
Fotos taken on Sunday evening in Oxford (inc the last one by my nearly 5yr old daughter!) after riding back from the Veteran Vespa Club's Canterbury weekend event. I had to work in London for most of the duration of the rally (Thurs-Sunday) but got away around 4.30pm on Saturday, getting to Canterbury at 7pm for the evening meal. Sounds like a great weekend was had by all who went, with a couple of decent rideouts taking in Canterbury, Whitstable, Dover & Deal among others, via some lovely B roads nestled in the beautiful Kent countryside.
I was a bit peeved to have missed out on the day trips but couldn't complain what with the enjoyable rides there & back in the exceptionally warm weather. The A40 between High Wycombe & Oxford is a lovely stretch of road too which I hadn't ridden before - the joys of riding by vespa...! I also picked up the 'Furthest Travelled' award by vespa for my troubles!
I got through a roll of film at the event & will add a couple of these in the next day or so when I get it processed. In the meantime you can see some pics from the VVC Canterbury event by going to the Veteran Vespa Club FB page here or try their website which will have pics up on there in the coming days - www.veteranvespaclub.com
I'm pretty pleased with the review I'd say apart from maybe the relevance/appeal the book has to scooterists, although it's hardly criticism, more of an observation from the editor. For me, the book was about creating a home for some of the best vespa film photography I've done over the last seven years & creating a good looking coffee table book at the same time. Having taken all the shots myself & before now seeing them mostly at small scale; it's interesting for me viewing them larger & noticing details even I hadn't seen at first. There are loads of books out there chronicling the history of our beloved Vespa, with plenty of fotos of immaculate restored models but not much like this I don't think (particularly with the angle on 35mm film); the focus on a vintage vespa workshop is also something I don't think has really come up before & with the added interest of London, I reckon it makes for interesting material to most enthusiasts....
Another point I've heard raised is that I haven't made enough of the title of the book & me as the artist on the front cover. The book is first & foremost about the photography & we wanted to let it do the talking; I'm biased of course but I like it's subtlety.
Not that I'm at all unhappy with these comments, to be honest it's nice to get the feedback (good or bad). For those who have bought or flicked through the book, I'd be interested to see what you made of it. Answers on a postcard please... or just email me at email@example.com or via the vespamore FB page.
We've got approximately 50 copies remaining of the book from the initial 200 we had printed in April. If you are interested in buying a copy (£29.50 + P&P), you can visit the specially set up book page here
Thanks to the VVC Journal's ed for the review - much appreciated ; )