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24.4.17

Mistral


Mistral




Got the film shots back today that I took of this beautiful Maserati Mistral spider, see previous post here

See the other Mistral shots in my classic cars 35mm film album here






21.4.17

19.4.17

Stretched vespa


Vespa is abit rare these days, so why dont shoot one when you see it



Nice shot of this 'adapted' vespa taken in Jakarta, Indonesia by Denny Pranoto

Thanks for sharing Denny ; )

There is an interesting article on the Indonesian cult of customising/modifying classic scooters in Issue One of ScooterNova magazine and am not talking about a few lights and mirrors..!



S.I.P. Scootershop Open Day 2017







Details on SIP's FB event page - here






17.4.17

vespa 125 GTR


vespa 125 GTR
vespa 125 GTR
vespa 125GTR



Lovely shots taken by Ugajin Tohru in Japan; not seen this colour on a GTR before but it looks like original condition paint..

Thanks for sharing Uga ; )


Ugajin's vespa parts website here - www.ugaga.shop-pro.jp






The Vespas That Time Forgot...


K4



Retrospective Scooters were recently contacted by a builder who was working on the former site of the Douglas Kingswood factory in Bristol, where vespas were produced under licence from Piaggio.

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



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15.4.17

Vinyl Revival


DYNATRON


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..





13.4.17

Resurrected Sprint






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..



Scrap


..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...



Prepping for paint


...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..



Shot-blasted


Shot-blasted



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.












ScooterNova magazine has arrived..






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












10.4.17

Setting Spring sun


Setting Spring sun


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


Original MKII GS160


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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







8.4.17

BOLT re-launch





BOLT have moved, check them out at their new home in Stoke Newington..





Some very nice shots taken by Mykola Romanovsky at Thursday's re-launch party here











Retro Racer


Winner of this year's Motoretta Giro Internazionale 2017 in NSW. #motorettagirointernazionale2017 #motorettagiro #vespa #doyouvespa #160gs #pieinthesky #nsw #saferiding




Winner of this year's Motoretta Giro Internazionale in New South Wales, Australia - photographed by Steve B

Shot of 2017's competitors also by Steve here

Thanks for sharing Steve ; )


Duality - Make Your Choice!


Duality - Make Your Choice!



Another lovely film shot from Wolfgang Plattner, this time of an Ape taken in the Lombardian town of Luino, Italy.

See recent post here

Thanks again Wolfgang ; )



Maserati Mistral




Made for sunny days...

Not seen one of these before at a Classic car event and never 'in the wild' as I did riding into work on the vespa today. This Maserati Mistral may be better visualized on the snaking curves of the Amalfi or Californian coastlines but made an appearance on this summer-like April morning in an old Hertfordshire market town.








The above shots were taken on iPhone but I also reeled off a few frames with my Olympus OM-2N film camera. A great start to the newly loaded 36 exp. film but will have to wait a while before seeing the results, unless I run into something equally as nice in the near future..

My cars album here all shots taken on 35mm film.






6.4.17

Dark Knight


Dark Knight


still-life Italian style at Maccagno/Lombardia (Italy)



Lovely film shot taken by Wolfgang Plattner, thanks for sharing Wolfgang ; )



29.3.17

53



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Great Spring shot by Marc Strick of his 53 vespa taken near Vlijmen, Holland. Really like what he's done with his early '60s vespa...



Vespa GT


Motovespa GT from Barcelona


Nicely original Spanish GT seen at Retrospective Scooters the other day hailing from Barcelona. Surprised this hasn't already sold; it's really straight and in excellent original condition. Currently for sale on Retropsective's website here

Shot on 35mm film with my Olympus OM-2N






24.3.17

ScooterNova - NEW SCOOTER MAGAZINE !





Have been excited about this for a long time and can now finally talk about ScooterNova - a new printed scooter magazine which will be available to buy online via subscription, through selected UK scooter dealers and at UK scooter rallies, including all BSRA events.

I mentioned earlier this week about ScooterNova having some exciting news - read magazine creator, Andy Gillard's chat/interview with SLUK (ScooterLab UK) here

I'm a big fan of creativity; something that's had some love, care and attention devoted to it. I have high hopes for this new independent publication which will be free from the shackles of a large publishing group. With the assembled team stood behind the mag and their combined know-how and years of experience bringing us all things scooter related (both classic & modern), I'm pretty sure ScooterNova won't disappoint !

Once the online subscription is live I will include a permanent link to ScooterNova magazine in links column on right of vespamore blog.






Allstate


Allstate



Nice Allstate vespa in original red paint I shot on 35mm film last weekend - imported from the US by Retrospective Scooters

Loving that disintegrating Oklahama sticker on the legshields. The Vespa legshield badge shouldn't be there and would have originally had the North American map badge in its place. Nice ID plate too, beneath the fuel tap and stamped with Sears Roebuck.



Allstate


The Italian equivalent would have been a VBB150 and a 152L2 from British Vespa concession, Douglas. Sadly Retrospective say the legshields behind the mudguard/fender are badly corroded and are close to going right through, meaning the bike will need a restoration.

A couple more film shots I took here










22.3.17

ScooterNova - coming soon..!!




The ScooterNova blog, brainchild of Ann Murphy and Andy Gillard - former long-standing editor of Scootering magazine, rider, journalist, photographer, writer and more is shortly moving up a few gears..

"The next step for Scooternova is an exciting one and it’s happening soon! 

It will still be about all things scooter  – retro, classic and beyond. Wheels, style, clobber and more. We like old-skool but appreciate the modern. History is not just in the past, but it’s being made every day.
In a short while we shall be making history too and you are ALL invited to join us on our latest journey!" - The ScooterNova


Keep an eye out and watch this space !









21.3.17

Vespa


Vespa




Really like the low lighting and moody atmos in this PX shot taken by bram kool in Taormina, Sicily.

Thanks for sharing bram ; )






Primavera verde


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Finished and developed my film after shooting this on iPhone the other day; as always much happier with the film shots..



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5



More classic car shots I've photographed on 35mm film in my cars album here






Targa


Targa



Was pleased with how this came out, taken on 35mm film with my Olympus OM-2N in London back in January - full car shot here

See my cars set (all taken on 35mm film) here





Motovespa-sidecar combo


Motovespa + sidecar



'50s Spanish Motovespa & sidecar combo I shot on film at Retrospective Scooters on the weekend, a couple more here and here






15.3.17

Spring has arrived..


iPhone shot - got a few minutes alone with this beauty and my film camera today, shots to follow when developed..






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