vespamore photography (pronounced "vespa-mor-ay" combining the words vespa and amore, the Italian word for love, "vespalove" by definition)
- 35mm film photography by Paul Hart, gallery - here As well as featuring my own work, this blog also features work by other photographers and anything else creative that has caught my attention or inspired me.

book, photography by Paul Hart, available to order via link -

RETROSPECTIVE CYCLES book, photography by Paul Hart, available to order via link - here

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Vespa Novanta

I called into Retrospective Scooters the other day, as I often do from time to time. There's usually always something there of interest that wasn't there on my previous visit.. 

This time it was the above Vespa 90 that had been brought in by a customer to be restored. The remarkably straight frame had been blown over at some point in a similar pale blue to the original colour. Not sure if the customer will go for the same shade or something different but will no doubt get the full restoration and make over experience that Retrospective Scooters and The London Scooter Bodyshop specialise in.

Talking of Vespa 90s I took the below 35mm film photograph at Retrospective back in 2010, when they were based at Park Ridings in Hornsey. This is probably my personal favourite of all the shots I've taken at Retrospective through the years since 2006.

This photo also graced the cover of the first edition of my Retrospective Scooters book (now sold out). This particular scooter was well worn but still wore it's original factory paint. It was first registered in Ireland and Retrospective had acquired it for an Italian customer and was making its way to Italy, via a stopover in London. The Vespa 90 was never sold in Italy and produced only for the UK market I believe (and possibly other European countries outside of Italy) and therefore of interest to this particular Italian collector..



Ragusa | Sicily

Ragusa | Sicily

LOve this shot taken by Luca Lagò

I really like these Italian street scenes with the old guys putting the world to rights, reminds me of one I took in San Vito dei Normanni, Puglia while on holiday a few years ago - here

Mille grazie for sharing Luca ; )


Simply laid out..

click fotos to view large

Was chatting to the guys at Retrospective Scooters on a recent visit, while having a nose around at the same time and we came upon a room with prepped and painted complete scooters, waiting to be re-assembled.

Every now and then Retrospective are asked by customers why it costs more to re-paint a Lambretta than it is a Vespa... simply laid out and in terms even I can understand, the above photos illustrate why that is. As you can see a Lambretta has quite a few more body parts than its Italian cousin, which are smaller and a bit more fiddly too such as the frame tube and floor struts, in comparison to the Vespa's larger and fewer surface areas. This in turn equates to more hours spent straightening, blasting, prepping and painting etc. Interesting to see when you view it like this...


Naranja - Arancia - Orange

Naranja - Arancia - Orange

My '71 Motovespa GT160 photographed tonight on ride home from wotk...

Museo Piaggio - Entrata

Museo Piaggio-Entrata

Museo Piaggio
Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super
Expired Film

Like this film shot taken by OldLens24 at the entrance to Piaggio's Pontedera museum in Tuscany - some other nice film shots in the album here including some of the Vespa 98..


Purple Vespa

Purple Vespa

Atmospheric panning shot taken in the Eternal City by Diego Rojas -  gracias for sharing Diego ; )



Not yet seen this but going by Motorliebe's website & FB page their latest Vespa Tour book offering looks like a real treat and is definitely going on my Xmas wish list...! 

This is the third book by the scooter touring, mad for adventure, German 'Vespanauts' - I seriously wish I had their job. The UK book follows on from their Vespa tours of the United States and Iceland...

"On the Vespa through England, Scotland and the Isle of Man describes the third Vespa trip of the Motorliebe-Collective. 

In 2014 after the guys explored the United States with their Vespa PX 200s for eight weeks, travelling 9,500 kilometers from Los Angeles to New York City, they made a round trip of Iceland in 2015.

Now comes the third tour, presented with sumptuous photos and accompanying texts, beginning in the north of Scotland and ending at England's southernmost tip, via the Isle of Man.

Encompassing 192 pages with 150 pictures, the book shows off the beauty of Brexit-Country, with curious encounters along the way and illustrates how varied the UK is. A classic coffee-table which needs to be opened and read."

Priced at 23,27 € you can order your copy of 'Auf der Vespa durch England' in the Motorliebe online shop here and while there, check out their other two book titles here

Scooter Life

Scooter Life

Scooter Life
Martin Luscombe aboard his fabulous custom built scooter.

Photograph: Brian Slade © 

Loving this shot by Brian Slade - looks straight from the pages of a magazine... thanks for sharing Brian ; )

Ricordi di una Vespa color panna (CORTOMETRAGGIO 2017)

NUTS Brighton Mod Weekender 2017

Some excellent photography here.. all shots taken at this year's New Untouchables Brighton Mod weekender by classic Lambretta fan, Mike Jakes..

The scooter shots are great but I love these atmospheric shots too; I think the upper image with the vinyl is my favourite from the whole album..

Seeing Mike's great camera work makes me think I really should visit Brighton next year for the NUTS event with my film camera; something I've not done to date.. the closest I got being when I went on the LCGB's South Downs run back in 2011 here

Check out the full set of photos Mike took over the August Bank Holiday weekend here

Mike - thanks very much for sharing and letting me do this feature ; )


Under the bridge

Under the bridge

Riding home tonight passing under this bridge below the A41, the light on the textured concrete wall looked like a decent photo opportunity...

I photographed a very nice Moto Morini 350cc under this bridge on film a few years ago - album here


Vyatka (Вятка) - restored by Retrospective Scooters & The London Scooter Bodyshop


Not an everyday scooter this.. and nice to see one up close. The only other Vyatka VP-150 I've seen belongs to Russian friend Stas, who brought his over to London World Vespa Days in 2012 from his home in St Petersburg..


Back in the 1950s the story goes that a Piaggio Vespa GS150 VS1 was procured by the Vyatskie Polyany Machine Building Plant. It was stripped down and meticulously examined before the company eventually came up with their own version which became the Vyatka or Вятка. Piaggio attempted to enforce their copyrights and patents at the time but to no avail, with their protestations falling on deaf ears and the Russians claiming theirs was an 'original' design...


The above example still has its original engine; similar to Piaggio's wide mount engines but in the absence of Vyatka parts has had a Piaggio crank and piston added. Other retained components include the engine casings, gearbox, barrel, kickstart and internal kickstart mechanism, while a Dellorto carburettor has been added with vespatronic 12V ignition. The rear rack is not original and was commissioned by the owner, as was the seat which is a tad over padded (again at owner's request); a shame as it does detract somewhat from the overall look..

Retrospective have worked their usual magic in getting the scooter mechanically A1 and Dave Maher of The London Scooter Bodyshop, has finished it off perfectly with his renown painting skills. There are some interesting details on the Vyatka which differ to a GS - these can be seen in the full album of film shots I took here


Russian Vyatka (Вятка) scooter restored and painted by Retrospective Scooters and The London Scooter Bodyshop.           

Photographed mid-September 2017 with my Olympus OM-2N on 35mm Fuji Superia film



Front view of this lovely Motovespa & sidecar combo taken by keko click in Guadalajara, España

See previous post here




Great shot taken by keko click in Guadalajara, España - you don't often see many good vespa/sidecar photographs..

Thanks for sharing ; )


Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor - 1954



While collecting my scoot this morning from Retrospective Scooters I used up the last frames of my current film on this Russian Vyatka.

More to follow on this shortly...

Vespa upgrades

Finally back on the road proper today - got back from holiday a couple of weeks ago and then dropped scoot into Retrospective Scooters for a service and once over. This turned into a slightly larger than expected project as the barrel and piston were badly worn with black scorch marks on the piston; a re-bored top end was required along with grippier tyres for the upcoming wet weather and a much needed new exhaust, as my 4-year + SIP Road pipe had already been patched up, after friend Warren had welded it back together for me.

Now fitted with an upgraded SIP Road 2.0 - an excellent pipe as I know from experience, nicely made and a great fit onto the barrel according to the Retrospective guys. I also treated the scoot to a new SIP Performance front shock absorber, which makes a big difference to the ride quality. More details on front shock on SIP website here and front spring here


Veteran Vespa Club - Milton Keynes riding event


I briefly called in to the VVC's Milton Keynes riding weekend event on Sunday morning. I wasn't taking part properly as my scoot is currently laid up getting a service, so called by on four wheels instead of two.

I was also there to get a few photos of a GS that I'll be featuring in the VVC JOURNAL soon..

You can view the handful of film shots I took on my Olympus OM-2N camera here



From beginning of 2018 I'll be taking on editing the Veteran Vespa Club Journal - the club's magazine for VVC members which is published four times a year..


VVC display at London World Vespa Days 2012

I've been a VVC member since 2006 and have occasionally contributed to the quarterly Journal - the first page of my London World Vespa Days report shown above, with photos I've taken at various events over the last eleven years shown below...

VVC Wakefield rally - July/August 2010

VVC Wakefield event 2010


VVC 3-Gear Day, Surrey 2016

GS150 VS4

VVC Painswick event 2009


VVC Canterbury event 2013


VVC 3-Gear Day, Surrey 2016

paul's derby vespa 007

My VBB150 - Brecon Beacons, Wales en route to VVC Derby event 2006

VVC Tring rally - June 2010

VVC Tring event 2010


Hayley at the VVC 3-Gear Day, Surrey 2016


Weymouth stop-off, VVC Swanage event 2014

VVC Swanage rally

Me on my GT160, VVC Swanage event 2014

I'll be looking to place more emphasis on quality photography for the Journal; from those contributors sending in images, as well as including a few of my own shots from time to time.

I would also like to open the Journal up and include more articles and European/US/Far East rally reports from the club's worldwide members, rather than just those resident in the UK. 

I would also say I am keen to extend this to non-VVC members - so if you have an interesting feature or article in mind for the Journal concerning classic geared vespas, or nicely composed quality images (ideally no smaller than 1MB), then please get in touch and email me at  The Veteran Vespa Club or I can't offer any financial incentive for contributions to the Journal I'm afraid but hopefully the incentive of having your article and/or photographs in print may be encouragement enough. On a personal level, I would like to read a good looking, interesting, relevant and current magazine about classic vespas, regardless of whether contributions are from VVC members or non-members..

Having said that, only £15.00 for individual VVC membership gives you access to: usually 3 club events per year, quarterly published Journal, discounts with agreed dealers and insurance, automatic membership of the British Motorcycle Federation, providing you with benefits available to members of an affiliated club, access to VVC Members Facebook page, access to members section of VVC website, providing historical and technical information on classic, vintage vespas and not to mention fellowship with others who share a common interest in classic vespas..

... and whether you reside in Osaka, Cape Town, St Petersburg, Jakarta, Munich, Nice, Taiwan, Vancouver, San Diego, Sao Paulo, Perth, or wherever else in the world, you can still sign up as a member, receive your four VVC Journal copies each year as well as all the online benefits described above. For more on the Veteran Vespa Club check out their website here and sign up for membership here

Portobello Road

My '69 Sprint Veloce at Portobello Road market, London 2011


Collecting Auro's Douglas Rod Model, Coventry 2016


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