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.

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24.4.18

Retrospective Scooters / The London Scooter Bodyshop Open Day - 21.4.18


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Spent Saturday at Retrospective's & The London Scooter Bodyshop's joint open day. Blessed with sunny late April weather; the sun attracted riders and visitors alike...




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There were some tasty scoots in attendance; those catching my eye and camera lens being some very nice original paint series 1,2 & 3 Lambrettas, as well as the above Vega and this lovely Piaggio pair below...




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..also some excellent food & drink offerings with the next door Wildcard Brewery providing craft beers, along with jerk chicken, BBQ pork and decent coffee being available, ensured it all added up to a great day out - thanks to Niall & Dave and everyone else involved with organising the open day ; )



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Check out the other 35mm film shots I took here plus a couple of iPhone shots.






Sunday Scramble


Sunday Scramble




Visited Bicester Heritage on the weekend for their 'Sunday Scramble' which was complemented by the good weather and subsequent healthy turn out of classics and visitors. There were a few of the usual suspects you see at this kind of event - Jaguar E-Types, Aston Martins, Austin Healeys but also some pretty rare attendees..


Sunday Scramble



I purposefully didn't take my film camera along but couldn't resist snapping away with my iPhone. Of the less familiar sights there which caught my attention this lovely example above now operating as a tea van was very pleasing to look at and was nice to see an autobahn eating 3 litre Opel Monza.. but my fave spot of the day had to be this beautiful Zagato styled Lancia Fulvia...



Sunday Scramble



You can see the rest of the phone shots I took here and see the 35mm film shots I took at the Spring 2016 Sunday Scramble here












Yellow helmet


Yellow helmet

Photo: © Brian George - All rights reserved. 



Nikon D610 with Nikkor 50mm F1.4 AI



Great shot taken by Brian George in Milan - love how the helmet jumps out..

Thanks for sharing Brian ; )

Check out videographer Brian's FB page - here




20.4.18

PK50 blau


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Great shot of this blue Vespa PK50 (I believe), taken by Knut Burmeister alongside a weir/dam in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany..

Danke for sharing Knut ; )




19.4.18

SIP Flagship Store Landsberg - Tour





Am definitely looking forward to re-visiting SIP Scootershop for their annual open day this year being held on Saturday May 5th.

Have just noticed they have recorded a short film/tour of their new HQ in Landsberg, Bavaria.







Il Vespista - Giorgio Bettinelli: I primi 110 000 km




A collective of international filmmakers are endeavouring to make a film in honour of epic Vespa traveller Giorgio Bettinelli and his exploits..


"Giorgio Bettinelli observed the whole world from a rather unique perspective: behind the handlebars of a Vespa.

His book “On a Vespa Beyond the Horizon” is now available in an e-book version, compatible with all devices (tablets, smartphones, computers), and can be comfortably read...on the road!

The e-book will be available from March 25th, 2018, with proceeds funding the short film Il Vespista, inspired by the life of Giorgio Bettinelli."



A series of photo exhibitions are being held in Portugal and Italy during April and May containing images from Giorgio's first three journeys with proceeds going towards the film..

Read more here and to help this film get made you can contribute via crowdfunding campaign here








Renewed ScooterNova subscription





Just got around to renewing my annual subscription to ScooterNova magazine and can now look forward again to 6 issues of quality, informed articles and photography on Vespa, Lambretta plus other scooter marques, customs, ingenious builds, scooter travels, historic features and more..







RETROSPECTIVE SCOOTERS - new website


RETROSPECTIVE SCOOTERS - new website




Retrospective Scooters have just launched their new website designed by George Schon with me contributing some film photography, which has kept me busy the last couple of months, see previous post 

Not all featured photography is mine but a fair amount is, George is also pretty good with a camera; some of his digital shots also appearing. Anyway check out the new site, there's a lot to see and it looks great!

I'll be calling by Retrospective Scooters/The London Scooter Bodyshop open day this coming Saturday..














7.4.18

For Sale - Douglas Vespa 92L2



click image to view large



A friend has put his nicely restored Douglas Vespa 92L2 up for sale, let me know if of interest and will put you in touch..

Located in UK.


6.4.18

Recién casados - Just married



Photo: © sonia uría - All rights reserved. Click image to view large





Lovely wedding shot taken by Sonia of married couple on board this Motovespa, taken in Madrid - muchas gracias for sharing Sonia ; )



5.4.18

scooter commuter


scooter commuter

Photo: Francesco Spiga




Back in the saddle today - feeling alive and loving that sense of freedom from riding a vespa after a long winter on the train..




27.3.18

Retrospective Scooters & The London Scooter Bodyshop - new website and open day


Photographing for new Retrospective Scooters website

Photo: Aaron James


Spent Saturday as a 'working' day off doing some film photography which I've been doing on and off since beginning of February for Retrospective Scooters' new website, which is due to go live in a couple of weeks or so..

Built and put together by graphic designer (and customer), George Schon the new website is a great looking, fresh take on the UK's most renown classic scooter dealer - the place for all your classic Vespa & Lambretta needs, be they repairs, maintenance, upgrades, crash repairs or restoration. The new website goes a lot further and more in depth than the current incarnation; expanding on the services provided by Retrospective and their partner The London Scooter Bodyshop, both housed in the same building in Wathamstow, London - providing a genuine high quality one-stop scooter shop.



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Photo: © Paul Hart - All rights reserved. Retrospective workshop - Feb 2018


As well as explaining how best to maintain and improve your pride and joy, the new website has plenty of 'eye candy'; showing examples of their immaculately restored scooters on the 'Great Builds' page (including this lovely 1964 Vespa 90 and beautiful 1966 Vespa 90SS I recently photographed on 35mm film for the new site), plus a constantly updated 'For Sale' page with detailed shots of bikes currently available from the showroom.



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Photo: © Paul Hart - All rights reserved. Restored Vespa 90SS - March 2018


There is also an exciting, ground breaking new project currently under development and nearing completion at Retrospective - with all to be revealed in the near future..

Retrospective Scooters and The London Scooter Bodyshop will be hosting an open day on Saturday 21st April from 1pm-6pm...





Sounds will be spun by the attendant DJs with lunch available to buy from the visiting www.meltermeatballs.com and craft beer from www.wildcardbrewery.co.uk located next door to Retrospective and London Scooter Bodyshop. If you're riding and abstaining from alcohol the local coffee Ape will also be putting in an appearance. Lastly Royal Alloy will be there to mark Retrospective becoming a new dealer for their range.

Keep your eyes peeled for Retrospective's new website - I'll post a link in the coming weeks when it's launched..














crossing


crossing

Photo: © henk overbeeke - All rights reserved



What a brilliant shot of this Ciao and female rider taken in Amsterdam, Holland by Henk Overbeeke - bedankt for sharing Henk ; )





21.3.18

My sweet


V3


Photo: © Viet An - All rights reserved



"My sweet" ... indeed! A couple of very nice shots of Viet An's Vespa VBB150 taken in Hanoi, Vietnam..



V3


Photo: © Viet An - All rights reserved




Thanks for sharing Viet An and allowing me to feature your photography ; )




willow green


E Type



Out and about yesterday I bumped into this very nice E Type - a 4.2 litre fixed head coupe in the rarely seen factory willow green colour..




E Type



Taken on iPhone, would have preferred to take this properly on my film camera but time didn't allow. See my 35mm film album of classic cars here









Modern Vespa goodness..


Lonely Vespa


Photo: © Fabio Buzzichini - All rights reserved




Although a certified fan of classic, geared vespas - I can appreciate quality photography in all its forms; even if featuring the modern automatic descendant of the original vespa. These two excellent photographs being great examples.. 




The Vespa At City Park, Tri-X Film


Photo: © Najja - All rights reserved




These are also very nice by Simone Tringali and Leo Hidalgo

More modern vespa shots here


Thanks to Fabio & Najja for allowing to feature their great photography ; )





17.3.18

Team Estrella Galicia 00 launch





Cool vid marking the launch of Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 in Madrid with Moto2 riders Álex Márquez and Joan Mir.



16.3.18

vespa125 1952


vespa125 1952

Photo: © Ugajin Tohru - All rights reserved




More beautiful photography from vespamore contributor, Japan based Ugajin Tohru - the spring blossom on the trees looks amazing over there...

See more of Ugajin's vespa photography here and his vespa parts website here - www.ugaga.shop-pro.jp





13.3.18

00024


00024

Photo: © Phương Nguyễn Huy - All rights reserved


Without sunny,
by Minolta SrtSuper - Fuji 100


Love this film shot.. I've taken loads of vespa shots through the years and viewed countless more but is always nice to discover a different, fresh angle or composition I've not seen before, such as this excellent example.

Thanks very much to Phương Nguyễn Huy for sharing ; )



PS Check out this recent shot too



Sa Calobra


Serpentiny / Switchbacks

Photo: © Kačka a Ondra - All rights reserved


Was watching last night the Hairy Bikers Balearics episode from their excellent Mediterranean Adventure series screened recently on BBC 2. Have been working our way at home through these inspirational programmes on catch up.

The series of 6 episodes covers their journey by motorbike through the Med countries of France, Spain and Italy, plus discovering and serving up some exquisite looking food along the way. Devised by Si King and Dave Myers - what a dream job, that is a gig I would love but by classic Vespa of course..!!



Book accompanying TV series - available here


The Balearics installment takes them along Mallorca's famous 'Sa Calobra' (The Cobra) a mountainous road resembling a coiled snake with a breathtaking series of hairpins and switchbacks, a road Si King exclaims to be the best he's ridden. I've ridden over the Alps on a Vespa which was an amazing experience and mountain riding is something I've been keen to repeat ever since. I've not ridden Italy's Stelvio pass but from the images I've seen, Sa Calobra looks to be similar. I got thinking whether there existed scooter footage of riding the Cobra and found the below vid on YouTube..







7.3.18

Vespa



Photo: © Bryan Chernick - All rights reserved, click image to view large

"Customized Vespa in Palm Springs, CA. Photographed with a Contax T rangefinder using Fujifilm Velvia 100 35mm slide film."


Nicely taken shot of this Vespa GS160 by film shooter Bryan Chernick in California, United States; nice looking Lambretta Series 2 behind as well..

Thanks for sharing Bryan - obliged ; )






Vespa Club Uganda - photography by Ariel Tagar




© 2018 ARIEL TAGAR


I was made aware recently of this series of photographs taken by Israeli photographer, Ariel Tagar, when I was sent the link to the Guardian's feature in late February. I then contacted Ariel to ask permission to feature his photography on here..

The Guardian article written by Elinor Potts, tells how Tel-Aviv based Ariel travelled to the Ugandan city of Kampala and observed a couple of men riding around on old vespas. Upon speaking to them he realised they were part of a larger group who choose the vespa as their transport of choice. Without wanting to take away from Elinor's piece, you can read the full story here as well as viewing Ariel's photographs on his website here




© 2018 ARIEL TAGAR




I've seen old colour period 1950/60s photos taken in Kenya I think it was, in a Vespa history book I have but it still amazes me how far afield the Vespa scooter reaches, permeating every corner of the globe and the affection and regard it is still held in..






Thanks very much to Ariel Tagar for allowing me to feature his excellent work.










6.3.18

Vespa P80X 1981


Vespa P80X 1981

Photo: © Thorsten M - All rights reserved



I do like a nicely composed vespa shot with a bit of thought gone into it; this being a great example taken by Thorsten - you can see more of his vespa shots - here

Thanks for sharing Thorsten ; )




5.3.18

Rue Marie Stuart, Paris, France


Rue Marie Stuart, Paris, France


Photo: © Pierre-Yves Sulem - All rights reserved




What a dude... love this shot taken by Pierre-Yves of rider on his smallframe vespa in Paris - great photo!

Merci beaucoup for sharing Pierre-Yves ; )




3.3.18

ScooterNova 6





Nice to get some film photos in latest issue (No.6) of ScooterNova magazine. Get your copy at www.scooternova.com and read the full story behind this late 1950s Vespa Clubman (VB1T) plus loads of other stuff..

The full set of shots I took of this featured Vespa will be available to view in a couple of months, after the next issue of ScooterNova is out. Staying on the subject of Clubmans, I shot a beautiful VB1T last year at Retrospective Scooters which they had expertly restored along with The London Scooter Bodyshop - see here



www.vespamore.com

www.scooternova.com

www.retrospectivescooters.com

www.thelondonscooterbodyshop.co.uk





1.3.18

Amazon


Amazon



Slightly forlorn looking Volvo Amazon stood freezing in snowbound London, made for a nice shot though.. taken on iPhone March 1st - the first meteorological day of spring!


Amazon



An album of my classic car shots taken on 35mm film - here







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