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9.10.17

Great London Rideout !


Broadway Market, London E8

Broadway Market, E8


Spent the best part of the day in London Town today on VVC Journal duty; attempting to update and freshen up the Club Shop page..

Friends and fellow Veteran Vespa Club members, Warren & Hayley Jopson, had gamely agreed to model some club merchandise for me while I took some photos. We agreed to meet up in Broadway Market and after a catch up over a cup of tea got down to business.

After spending an hour or so getting some hopefully decent shots and working up an appetite, we left Hackney for Soho in search of lunch. Warren had come from home in Essex on his 1951 aluminium panelled, restored American Allstate, with Hayley accompanying him on her original paint Mk2 GS160. I was on my 'old faithful' Motovespa - the combined duck egg blue, white and orange made for a lovely combo..!


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Leaving Broadway Market - photo: Warren



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London Wall

London Wall



Holborn

Holborn



As always, was great fun riding through the city centre on classic vespas - the best way to get around London and nicer still in the warm October sun. On Warren & Hayley's recommendation we came to a stop in Dean Street at Prix Fixe a great litte French style bistrot serving good food at very reasonable prices, £10.90 for two courses, not bad at all for Soho..



Prix Fixe - Dean Street, Soho, London


Prix Fixe - Dean Street, Soho, London



Warren was keen to get home before dark, as it was by now 4pm and the lights on his Allstate were not exactly illuminating. We said our farewells and needing a coffee to finish off lunch, I called by Kaffeine in Great Titchfield Street..



Kaffeine - Great Titchfield Street, London



...before leaving behind 'the big smoke' for Hertfordshire's green and pleasant lanes basking in the still warm lowering sun..







Cheers to Warren & Hayley for a great day and watch this space for the upcoming VVC Journal...











7.10.17

Amalfivespa


Amalfivespa





Really liking this shot taken by Rikard Knutsson in Amalfi... very well captured !

Thanks for sharing Rikard ; )






ScooterNova magazine - Lambretta LD AVV Vs Durkopp Diana





I just spotted this vid on ScooterNova magazine's FB page.. by coincidence I was reading this article in the current issue 3 of ScooterNova just this morning, with a cup of tea and a brief lie-in at 'Vespamore Towers' before leaving for work..

Probably like most, I rarely have time these days to sit and read a mag cover to cover. However, ScooterNova is an interesting, well informed read with some excellent accompanying photography, making it a pleasure to return to when I do get the time.

The above article makes for great reading; I didn't have time this morning to study the photos which show the differences in detail between these two models but I shall be returning to them very soon, as well as part 2 of the UK to Moscow and back, marathon Lambretta trip I've yet to read and the history of Lambretta Concessionaires..

Pick up your copy of ScooterNova magazine issue 3 here, as well as back issues 1 & 2.











Original GT160


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I've been paying Retrospective Scooters a few visits of late due to ongoing starting issues with my Motovespa GT160, despite a recent mechanical overhaul. Anyhow, all is now as it should be since having a new CDI coil and stator plate fitted.

While there and being invited to eat lunch with the friendly Retrospective folk, I saw the above, rather lovely original paint Motovespa GT160 in for a service, brought in by a customer who recently acquired it. 

Hailing from Barcelona and very similar to my own 1971 GT160, this is an earlier late '60s model before they added the stripes. However, unlike mine which has a P200 motor fitted, this bike still has the original GT160 motor as when it left the Madrid factory, complete with Femsa ignition system. I had a quick go on this up and down the road and was pleasantly surprised by the lively torquey feel of the piston ported engine; interesting for me as I'd always wondered what they were like - most imported Spanish bikes to the UK have had their engines swapped with P-Range/PX units..



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Looks like this vespa has had some recent attention back home in its native Spain before landing in the UK, judging by the below workshop sticker..



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The new owner was of the mind apparently to 'restore' this.. thankfully Retrospective managed to talk him around into keeping it original and he has now seen sense. Each to their own but to strip and re-paint this would have been criminal..!



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Vespa 200E - 1:1 scale model kit


Vespa P200E


Vespa P200E


Vespa P200E


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Growing up in the '70s & '80s I was never that taken with computers, such as Atari, ZX Spectrum etc that were around at the time; the most techy toy I had was my Nintendo 'Game & Watch' Lion game and Big Trak before that - Xmas 1980 I believe it was.. 

What usually did it for me was AIRFIX scale model kits; starting out with dinosaurs and then going onto more complicated and fiddly kits like tanks but mainly planes - Spitfire, Lancaster, Focke Wulf 190, Red Arrows' Gnat & Hawk jets etc before reaching my zenith and ultimately my undoing, a massive 1:24 scale Mk1 Harrier Jump Jet which got the better of me and signalled the end of my model-making days!

Anyhow, the above photos were taken by pilot_micha at the Hochgurgl - mountain motorcycle museum in Tyrol, Austria, where they have taken a full scale P-Range Vespa and made it into an exhibit in the style of a 1:1 scale model - a great idea and the kind of model that could get me started again..!













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