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22.11.17

Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


Some seriously nice photos all taken by Bernd Kirschner, the guy behind Hola Vespa 

Based in Holzkirchen, Bavaria, Southern Germany, Bernd established Hola Vespa some 10 years ago and specialises in the sales, maintenance and refreshing of original paint/condition Spanish vespas. There are not too many working solely with Motovespas and is nice to see Bernd has followed his passion and made a success of it. Judging by the quality of vespas he imports; he must have some good contacts and currently has a few Motovespa GT160s that have come in and are up for sale - so get in touch with Bernd if you're interested..



©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa


©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa



Well known in the European scene, it's reassuring to hear Bernd say that restoration is the last resort  - I couldn't agree more!

As well as being in possession of a decent set of mechanical and engineering skills, you can see Bernd is also very adept with a camera. Being mad about original paint scooters and photography myself, nice to see someone so talented at both..!!
































21.11.17

Autumn ride


Autumn ride



Mild but wet yesterday - nice opportunity for a ride through the leafy Ashridge Estate, near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire; the colourful Autumnal leaf displays complementing the orange of my Motovespa GT160...


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El Rastro, Madrid


El Rastro, Madrid





Always like seeing the excellent vespa shots taken by Dido Mihajlov this being his latest, for more of the same, see Dido's vespa album here

Thanks as ever for sharing Dido ; )






Essex Vintage Vespa Club 1-day rideout


Essex Vespa 1-day event




Essex Vintage Vespa Club are staging a 1-day rideout on 8th July 2018. Starting out at 10am near Pilgrims Hatch, just outside of Brentwood, Essex.

This is for all classic, geared vespas (models up to 1977). It is a free event, so no fees and is open to all vintage vespa fans with pre-'77 bikes. Would be great to see some overseas vespisti as well as from UK. There will be numerous stop-offs along the scenic route for coffee, lunch etc. I'll be going, hope to see you there..

For full details email Warren Jopson: wjvespa@gmail.com

Essex Vintage Vespa Club Facebook page here - www.facebook.com/groups/368813816785068/




Douglas Vespa 92L2 shot with my Olympus OM-2N on Kodak Portra 35mm film - www.vespamore.com





18.11.17

MY GENERATION - book review





"The GT is now the fastest and most eye-catchingly gorgeous transport in West London and looks very cool when matched with the new wine red, hand-made, full length, leather coat from Harry Fenton's and the silver-grey mohair suit. You'll know me when you see me!"


Author Dave Dry kindly sent me a review copy of his book, My Generation. Dave was an 'original mod' back in the Sixties and his tome tells the story of his teenage exploits, with him beginning his scootering on a Vespa GS150 before moving on to the aforementioned GT, or Lambretta TV200 and ending up on a brand new Lambretta SX200 by the end of the book.

Born as I was in the early '70s, I came along too late for this era and also missed out on the Mod Revival, being just seven in 1979 when Franc Roddam's film Quadrophenia was released, eventually getting my first scooter (Vespa T5 Millenium) in 1999. My elder brother jumped aboard during the '80s though with his parka, eyeliner, Who, Jam and Nine Below Zero records etc. My younger ears became attuned to these sounds at the time and I've enjoyed a lot of them in the intervening years and still do now occasionally; seeing Paul Weller at Brixton Academy when he toured the excellent Stanley Road album. Although I have an affinity with much of the music, the clothing and general peacock strutting that goes with Mod never really did it for me and still doesn't. I can appreciate the design and quality though; particularly having spent 6 years at art college, before spending my career to date, selling ridiculously expensive, but seriously nice 20th Century/modern Italian, Scandinavian and German furniture. Also having been heavily into film photography since 2006 I have a keen, creative eye, am very particular about what I like and have been riding classic geared vespa scooters for the last 18 years. Owning a classic scooter definitely has a 'pose factor' and much as I may protest I have to include myself as a poser, albeit a slightly 'quieter' one  - or at least I hope..!

Grateful as I was to Dave for sending me a copy; I was fairly ambivalent about whether I'd enjoy it. However, it did win me over and since I returned to the train for winter commuting (not wanting to subject my pride & joy to the UK's road salt), I've spent the last week reading Dave's book.

My Generation begins with a slightly over-long and apologetic introduction, which seems an attempt at absolution by Dave, for the book's tone and at times colourful language. This is very much written from a male perspective, which Dave is at pains to point out and suggests on more than a few occasions it is not for female readers; not wanting to offend them. Male banter, the type you would know and expect from a late teenager is rife throughout the text but interestingly told from the mid-1960s, which gave it historical context and added interest, for me anyway. Given the outdated prevailing attitudes are of their time; I think most readers and even female readers will cut Dave some slack on this. As he readily admits, there is not much in the way of a plot; more an amalgamation of short stories and recollections. This can be mildly confusing; particularly when Eel Pie Island features twice; the second time as though the first occasion hadn't been previously mentioned. These assorted tales revolve mostly around Dave's scooters, clothing, music, friends, family and occasional and formative early liaisons with the opposite sex. Some of these stories will raise a smile; at times funny and self-depreciating with Dave and his mates mostly the butt of the humour. Dave does have a poetic turn of phrase which I enjoyed reading and brought the sights, sounds and smells of 1960s London vividly to life in his descriptive prose, although some are perhaps too often repeated. I would say anyone with a passing interest in classic scooters, Mod culture, London and the 'Swinging Sixties' which applies to virtually all of you reading this, will find something to like in Dave's book.

Published by Suave Collective, MY GENERATION is priced at £9.99 and available to order online via their website here - www.suavecollective.co.uk

Hats off to Dave on his book; it is an achievement by any standard. He quotes the often stated "everyone has a book in them" but as we know, how many of us get to realise it... so congratulations Dave!

Dave is still riding classic scooters and is currently the owner/rider of another 'ultimate Mod scooter' - the GS160 as you can see pictured below, before Dave set off for this year's Isle of Wight scooter rally..







Thanks to Dave for the book copy - much appreciated ; ) 















Stickerbombed !

16.11.17

Barn Finds


Citroën DS23-1972-Vespa SS



Furgone APE 400 PIAGGIO


PENTARO APE PIAGGIO


PENTARO APE PIAGGIO


Lancia Flavia Coupé 2000 1971



Camera Zeiss Ikon,
Contaflex Super(1959),
with Pro-Tessar 3.2/35mm.
Film 35mm AGFA VISTA 200,
Expired 03 / 2003.


Some brilliant photos here all taken on expired 35mm film by OldLens24  

The use of expired film perfectly complements the assorted Italian, French and German lamentable, but still glorious subjects in this yard, which among others include a Furgone Ape 400, and an Ape Pentaro...! 

As well as the forlorn vespa there appears a lovely 1971 Lancia Flavia coupe, see Lancia Flavia I shot on film at Bicester Heritage, May 2016 here Also a 1957 Furgone Alfa Romeo 2-Autotutto-T10 and Fiat Topolino 500C Belvedere, nestled among a Citroen Mehari, VW Type 3 Variant and even a Rover P6...

The Flavia coupe although different, reminds me of this gorgeous Pininfarina Peugeot 504 coupe I photographed on 35mm film back in 2010, see here

Check out the full Barn Finds album here and many thanks to OldLens24 for sharing these beautiful film shots ; )








15.11.17

F**k the Plastic get the Classic


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Some nice shots here taken by Roland Noichl at Lake Garda of members from the Mountainmen Vespa Club from Innsbruck, Austria. 

Being a fellow Spanish Motovespa owner, I was taken with Roland's photos of this blue GT160 and the array of stickers adorning it - judging by the T on the number plate, I think this original paint GT was registered in Tarragona..


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Roland - thanks very much for sharing ; )











11.11.17

Hardbarcelona - SIP Road Trip 2017


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 328



I don't believe there is anyone quite like SIP Scootershop who can carry off a road trip which such style.. 

I always look forward to the annual visual feast provided by the SIP Team and their latest road trip..




SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 131


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 156


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 81


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 49


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 29



You can read all about the SIP Marseille to Barcelona ride on the SIP blog here and look enviously upon their atmospheric Flickr photo album, taken mostly by Ralf Jodl here - with a few of my faves shown above and below...




SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 151


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 171


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 155


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 161


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 286


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 330


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 126


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 298


SIP Vespa Tour 2017 Hardbarzelona 350



...and check out the SIP Team's excellent vid below..













Vespa 125 1952


Vespa 125 1952





Beautiful lush, rich tones in this shot taken by Ugajin Tohru Check out Ugajin's Vespa photo album here and his vespa parts shop in Japan here - www.ugaga.shop-pro.jp






10.11.17

SIP Scootershop - EICMA 2017 report


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SIP Scootershop have just returned from this year's EICMA at Milan's huge exhibition centre on the city's outskirts in Rho. EICMA is Europe's largest annual exhibition of all things motorcycles and scooters, where manufacturers debut their new models as do tuning companies, protective clothing and helmet manufacturers etc..



Eicma2017-SIPScootershop 130


Eicma2017-SIPScootershop 14


Eicma2017-SIPScootershop 115


Eicma2017-SIPScootershop 85



Read SIP's report in full here and check out their full album of photos here as well as their EICMA 2017 YouTube vid below...















9.11.17

Scooterhelp.com 2018 Calendar


Scooterhelp.com 2018 calendar



I was contacted a few months ago by US based scooterhelp.com and asked if I would like some of my 35mm film shots to be used in their first ever (I believe I'm right in saying) calendar - which being scooterhelp, whose excellent website I've visited countless times over many years, of course I did..!

The calendar is comprised of eight 12 x 18" individual poster sheets which include 4 of my own 35mm film shots and 4 digital shots by the very talented German photographer, Cristoph Gabler. On the back of each poster is a sponsor, which among others include Disco Dez Scooters, Scooterwest, Bollag Motos and Piston Ported with 10-15% discount being offered to calendar buyers on orders placed with said sponsors. 

My calendar copy arrived today which looks great! Am very pleased with the quality print finish and quality feeling, heavyweight paper stock - making these perfect posters for your walls at home or to brighten up your garage/workshop.

All in all, feeling very chuffed and privileged to collaborate with scootehelp on this project. The Scooterhelp 2018 calender is available to buy on the scooterhelp website here - www.scooterhelp.com/calendar/ see calendar on YouTube below...

















29.10.17

Bridlington 2017




A neighbour spent the weekend at Bridlington and took these shots of these two original Lambrettas. The above Series II looks ratty but was fitted with all mod cons - like this very much..!

The below DL150 also ticks a few of my boxes, looks pretty standard but in great original condition..





Photos by Keith Kelly




Keith recently imported from Italy a lovely pale blue, original paint Series III Li125. The engine has been rebuilt and a new stand strut is currently being fitted - hope to get some film shots of Keith's new ride when back from the welders...







28.10.17

Vacanza Toscana


Cinquanta Speciale

Vespa 50 Special complete with screen spotted in Volterra



Just returned from a week's holiday in beautiful Tuscany - the last time I visited Italy's gem of a region being in 2013, when photographing the L'Eroica classic cycling event in and around Gaiole in Chianti.

We had arranged to stay at the lovely Borgo La Farneta, close to the Tuscan hill town of Casole d'Elsa. 

After flying into Pisa, we collected our hire car and set off. I soon realised that our route was taking us very close to Pontedera and the Museo Piaggio - housing the Piaggio Archive and beautifully presented collection of all things Vespa and Ape, as well as curiosities such as the Moscone boat engine, Piaggio train and detailed history of the company itself. I had last visited back in 2001 so had to take this opportunity! After eating lunch, followed by a first gelato of our stay, we called in to the museum, keeping it brief as we still had to find our agriturismo.



Museo Piaggio

Sei Giorni (6-Day Racer)



Museo Piaggio

Piaggio MP6



Museo Piaggio

Died and gone to Vespa Heaven...!!



Museo Piaggio

A nod to friends at ScooterNova magazine...



Would have liked to stay longer but after forty minutes or so we got back on the road as didn't fancy negotiating small twisty roads in the dark, trying to find our accommodation - see full album taken at Museo Piaggio here 

We eventually arrived at Borgo La Farneta just after dark, after driving through some stunning Tuscan countryside basking in the late Autumn sun - the long shadows, ochre, siena and umber colours were a feast for the eyes...



Vicino Volterra

Vicino Volterra




Borgo La Farneta - click image to view large


Borgo La Farneta has quite a few apartments (at least 15 at a guess) but we virtually had the place to ourselves due to it being late October, this included sole use of the pool. 

Located 15 mins drive from Casole d'Elsa the tiny borgo or village is literally away from it all and the peace that prevailed was palpable but serene, with just crickets, birds and a very friendly, curious fox keeping us company (other than live-in 'village keepers' Gualtiero and Angiolina, on hand to help you out with anything if need be). We booked one of Desiree's apartments via Airbnb, see link here

The light in Tuscany is incredible, evident by the amazing sunrises and sunsets...




Vicino Casole d’Elsa

Early morning looking out from Borgo La Farneta


Volpe

La volpe or 'Foxy' - Borgo La Farneta's resident friendly fox


Olive harvest

Gualtiero harvesting olives at Borgo La Farneta



Olive verde

Olives ready for picking at Borgo La Farneta


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Sunset over Casole d’Elsa

Sunset over Casole d'Elsa


Other than relaxing and lounging by the pool, we visited Siena which I think has to be my favourite Italian city. Having been before in 2001 and 2013, I was still totally in awe when entering the clam-shell shaped Piazza del Campo from Via Bianchi di Sopra and taking in the soaring, medieval built Torre del Mangia and Publico Civico...



Siena

Siena's Dumo



Siena's Torre del Mangia and Publico Civico


Siena

Siena viewed from the top of Torre del Mangia




Siena - looking south from the top of Torre del Mangia


After descending Torre del Mangia, we sat down in Piazza del Campo taking in the views in the lowering sun, before getting a slice of pizza at the excellent Menchetti on Via Pianigiani, followed by pistacchio and nocciola ice cream from GROM, one of Siena's best gelateria's and finishing off with a little pasticcerie shopping at NANNINI not forgetting to leave with some of the world's finest panforte..



Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo



GROM



NANNINI



The Etruscan town of Volterra was another place we visited where soon after parking up, I spotted a local on his 50 Special complete with full height screen (see image at top of post)...



Volterra

Volterra



..and not forgetting 'our' lovely local town of Casole d'Elsa, great for essential food shopping, morning cappuccini and an occasional evening passegiata...




Casole d’Elsa

Casole d'Elsa viewed from Borgo La Farneta



Macelleria - Casole d'Elsa

Macelleria - Casole d'Elsa



As for classic spotting, geared vespas were thin on the ground but after some nosing around in garages and a local mechanic's workshop in Casole d'Elsa I did find one or two..







Vespa 50



Vespa ETS - click image to view large




Cinquanta Speciale



Early Vespa P-Range


...Apes on the other hand are still fairly ubiquitous - I do love seeing Apes roaming the Italian countryside and towns; something about them ..




Olive harvest


Olive harvest

Olive harvest


Ape Azzurro

Ape Azzurro



 Me posing with Ape in Casole d'Elsa



Casole d'Elsa - Ape 'garage find'


Ape amore

Passing Ape in Casole d'Elsa


Ape di Mensano

Ape di Mensano



Below are a handful of other classics I spotted that caught my eye, during the week we stayed..





Cinquecento

Fiat Cinquecento


Pandas

Fiat Pandas


SI

Renault 4


Classic Guzzi

Vintage Moto Guzzi



Fiat 126


Beetle Italiano

Classic Bug


So that was that; seems like a distant memory already - a week of warm, Autumn sun, gorgeous food (antipasti, pasta, fruit, pizza, gelati) and sublime full-bodied Tuscan red wines.. civediamo a presto Toscana - spero...



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