vespamore photography (pronounced "vespa-mor-ay" combining the words vespa and amore, the Italian word for love, "vespalove" by definition)
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The Vespas That Time Forgot...


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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