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Photo by Paul Hart (vespamore photography)/Layout by David Hardy 

This should actually read as 2-dayer.. anyhow you can pick your day (Saturday or Sunday), or come both days if you can. It's a free event hosted by ESSEX VINTAGE VESPA (other than your entry fee to Sunday Best Scooterfest) and weather willing should be a nice day(s) out on vintage vespas.

ESSEX VINTAGE VESPA 1-dayer Facebook page - here

Beast from the East


The weather has got decidedly colder this week with Siberian weather reaching the UK and the press calling this latest front "The Beast from the East"... as they like to do!

Spring seemed to be just the around the corner only last week. I've been riding my scoot pretty much every fortnight throughout winter to keep it ticking over through the colder months. Yesterday's sun and blueish skies were the cue for its latest spin but the "Beast" bit hard as the cold was all pervading in temperatures of about 2 degrees or less; my head feeling like it was in a vice and fingers going numb in no time at all.

Anyway job done and a couple of photos while out and about and getting some respite from the cold..


SIP "CLASSIC" Bags Line for Scooters

When it comes to bags on my own scoot, I tend to adopt a more rough n' ready approach and am more than happy with my Freitag messenger bag and waterproof roll bag for longer more far afield touring..



However, not everyone is like me (thankfully), with some preferring a slightly smarter look for their pride & joy. SIP Scootershop may well have the answer with their new range of "CLASSIC" luggage bags...

"Especially for scooter riders of all manufacturers and models, we have something very attractive, namely the SIP Scootershop "CLASSIC" bag and suitcase line.

Shapely bag / case for mounting on the luggage rack. Is mounted on the front / rear luggage rack or luggage rack using four mounting straps. Water repellent and dimensionally stable. Delivery inclusive rain cover."

▪ Large main compartment
▪ Side compartments with volume expansion
▪ embroidered "Classic" logo
▪ Attachment points on the bottom of the bag / back of the bag
▪ with carrying handle
Vintage look
▪ Including rain cover
▪ Mounting on luggage rack / luggage rack
Material: nylon, water repellent

See SIP's "CLASSIC" bags range - here

SIP Performance cable kits for vintage Vespa and Lambretta

SIP Scootershop sent me their latest press release the other day for their new performance cable kits for classic Vespa and Lambrettas...

"Occasionally only a relatively small impulse can have a great effect, which is especially true of the technology involved in tuning vintage Vespas. The fact that control cables play an essential role in their overall function is no big secret. Hardly another form of transport includes such long and awkwardly-routed control cables in its design as a classic metal-framed scooter. This can quickly lead to vague feedback from the various connected components and stiff operation. When correctly set up these problems can be minimised, although more modern scooter types remain a lot more user-friendly to the rider. Due to the longer service intervals sometimes involved, extensive research has been carried out in the quest for improved control cables and a number of manufacturers are currently producing types with updated performance characteristics.
SIP decided to take on the challenge by starting from scratch with a completely fresh and modern design. These SIP Performance Control Cables were conceived to be state-of-the-art, introducing a new level of operational control, riding dynamics and handling to any vintage scooter type. To satisfy these high requirements we first carried out extensive research and testing to establish our possibilities within the constraints of current vehicle construction technology. We then adapted the results to the conditions presented by vintage metal-bodied scooters.
The product of this development process, the SIP Performance Control Cables, fulfill all demands made on modern control cables.

    Especially stable, torsion-free cable-outers.
    High-end, race-proven quality.
    Exact lengths for specific scooter models.
    No further modification or adjustment necessary, plug & play!
    Gearbox control cables individually marked (1-1,2-2) at both ends
    Rust-free stainless steel cable inners.
    Welded cable-inner ends.
    All outer cables lined with a PE material.
    7 x 7 single-strands for the throttle cable-inners, extremely flexible even when sharply bent.
    19 single-strands for the clutch, brake and gear control cable-inners for increased durability.
    Gear control cables are pre-stretched to ensure precise operation with a rounded profile.
    Clutch and both brake cables are pre-lubricated.
Following the introduction of our all-new cables we were positively surprised at the revolutionary progress achieved over the cable kits currently on the market by others. The SIP Performance Control Cables completely exceed our initial aims and increase the performance of an ageing brake drum system enormously, which in turn increases rider safety immensely. The gears can now be precisely selected every time, with shorter travel required. The clutch becomes much easier to dose exactly while requiring less force at the handlebar lever. The throttle cable can now glide along easily and exactly, especially useful while closing the throttle operation grip. The improved operation of often neglected components by this set of cables provide a minor advantage which has a huge knock-on effect with much improved safety, rider-friendliness and ultimately, the maximum riding enjoyment that can be attained from every vintage geared scooter."

Hoping to get my hands a set of these for my '74 Vespa to see how easy they are to fit and check out the improvements.. more to come on this but in the meantime have a look at SIP's accompanying YouTube vid below..

SIP Performance cable kits for vintage Vespa and Lambretta available to order - here


ScooterNova No.6

Photo by ScooterNova Magazine

Issue 6 of ScooterNova is coming out next week, you can order your copy or subscribe online here

I've got some shots in latest issue which will hopefully look great in the large spaces afforded by editor Andy Gillard to decent photography. For more on what's occurring in the upcoming new edition, read on here


VVC JOURNAL - Issue No.74


Hot off the press is the latest edition (and my first as new editor) of the VVC JOURNAL; the Veteran Vespa Club's quarterly magazine.

Included are a couple of very nice GS150s - one with a colourful backstory and soon to be making an appearance at this year's upcoming World Vespa Days in Belfast. Without giving too much away, we hear from overseas club members and what they are getting up to on their vespas, a tech feature, and refreshed club shop page amongst other things... not forgetting an emphasis on great photography of course. All in all, a nice little package for all you classic vespa fans!

The VVC JOURNAL is for its members and if you'd like a copy you'll need to subscribe and become a member; entitling you to four issues a year as well as access to the VVC Facebook page and members section of the website. Additionally, the club is always keen to see new faces at the club's three annual members events - 2018's are Stratford Upon Avon (May), County Wicklow, Ireland (June) and Norfolk (September).

Solo annual membership to the VVC starts at £15.00 and you can subscribe via the club's website here


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Was struck by the badge's gold script highlighted by the workshop strip lights, seen on a recent trip to London's Retrospective Scooters - more known for their work on Vespas but they work on Lambrettas too and this Series 1 Li125 was a lovely example..


Preparing to paint an old Vespa....

Preparing to paint an old Vespa....

Photo: © Atif Manzoor - All rights reserved

Beautiful, atmospheric shot taken by Atif Manzoor in Pakistan - makes you wonder where the finished scooter will end up... anyhow lovely photograph!

Thanks for sharing Atif - appreciate it ; )


SLUK - JB Tuning Series 1 custom

Enjoyed reading about this brutal but beautiful Series 1 Lambretta built by JB Tuning, fitted with one of the UK's first CasaCase engines..

Read all about it in Iggy's ScooterLabUK report, plus photos and on board vid here


Photo: © Ryan Kasak - All rights reserved

Nice shot taken by Ryan Kasak  - click image to view large. I know a lot more about Vespa models but would hazard a guess at this early Lambretta being a Model C - feel free to put me right though by all means..

Thanks for sharing Ryan ; )

Vespa 400

Vespa 400

Nice shot of this Vespa 400 taken by Stéphane Hébert at the 2018 Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique and piloted by 1981 French Rally Champion Bruno Saby 

Merci for sharing Stéphane ; )

Check out the rest of Stéphane's Monte-Carlo album here and more Vespa 400 shots he took here


On a similar vein, I really like the work of Antoine Dellenbach, see his photos from the 2018 Legend Boucles Bastogne event here



 A lovely Vespa 50 Special seen recently on a visit to Retrospective Scooters in London. Largely original; having had a light 'blow over'. I like to use my scooter and restrict myself to having just one and getting loads of use out of it but this could easily tempt me to break that rule..

Currently for sale at Retrospective and am surprised it's not already gone - love that 'brick red' colour.


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