So here’s the mystery. I’m sure I posted this video ages ago. Back in June in fact. But there it was, when I went into my “Dashboard” (WordPressers all know what I’m talking about) sitting in the “Pending” category. So if you’ve seen it before, apologies, but not too many, as I’m sure you’ll appreciate the opportunity of seeing it again. I’ve since posted an article about Woodsy’s fine still imagery that you can check out here, if you missed that.
From Manchester, England to Avignon France. And Back. By Lambretta.
If you only watch one video about EuroLambretta, watch this one. Brilliant visuals from the first frame to the last with a great soundtrack. Hit the full screen button, crank up your speakers to 11. If you don’t want to sign up for the next Euro after watching this, there’s something wrong with you.
This is the best scooter video I’ve seen since this one. In fact, I think it’s better.
So, this is something I vaguely knew… that Jo Wood, ex wife of Rolling Stone, Ronnie, was Mike Karslake’s daughter. One of those “You know who’s daughter she is… ” questions, you don’t know you know, until someone asks you. Well, they fill in all the details over at the excellent Scooternova blog. Check it out for the full story and some great pics. And find out if Jo still owns a Lammie today…
Hmmm… got a few issues with this article, best you read it for yourself and make your own mind up. There’s one phrase in there I’ll take direct issue with however… “The main purpose of the British working class in the 1970s was not to work but to strike” Hmmm… (again) I know there were strikes in the 70s, but it was the “main purpose of the British working class?” Don’t think so. The saving grace however is the pics. Fantastic pics (by Ryno Fourie) of what some believe to be the finest scooter Innocenti ever made. And I’d be hard pushed to argue with them.
Fed up of camping? Can’t afford a B’n’B? This homemade scooter-caravan hybrid may be just the answer you’re looking for. Based on a beat of a scooter – the Soviet era Tula – or the Muravey commercial vehicle version of it… (think Russian Lambro. Lambretta-heads), I’ve been unable to track down much information on it. It’s a British build, put together somewhere in Leicestershire. And as well as a fabrication job, it looks like a first class restoration, from a less than promising original vehicle, see the first shot below! If you are the talented, but slightly nutty builder of this unique vehicle, please get in touch, I’d love to know more!
Fun fact: Muravey is Russian for Ant, (there’s a bit of a insect theme here, Vespa = Wasp, Ape = Bee, Muravey = Ant), Although, perhaps “Ulitka” would be more suitable. That’s Russian for snail. More for carrying it’s home on it’s back than for the speed connotations, although that’s probably relevant too!
UPDATE: If you fancy tackling a project like this yourself, (or perhaps something simpler such as this) you could do worse than check out the “Teardrops & Tiny Trailers” forum (conveniently shortened to tnttt.com. I didn’t even know such a category existed, but fantastically, it does… the internet is a wonderful thing!
You’re going to love this scooter, or hate it. (Spoiler alert: I love it!) What you won’t be able to do, is ignore it. And you’ll have never seen anything like it before. I could try and describe it, but you’ll get the jist from the pics, and the full description is on eBay. If you love it, can finish it, and you’ve got a wedge of cash burning a hole in your pocket, put a bid in on eBay here.
Remember On Target, the independent scooter magazine from a few years ago? I must admit, it was never on my radar, but some of you will know it. Well here’s a video to fill you in on it… and the reason I’m posting it, is I’ve heard on the grapevine that there’s the possibility of a relaunch in 2014. While I think Scootering and Classic Scooterist Scene do a good job, on the whole, I’m all for a bit of competition in the magazine market, so good luck to the fellas. I’ll keep you posted if I find out more.
Doh! I just realised, when publishing a post, I haven’t been clicking the box that allows readers too post comments. Well, I’ve fixed that for the last few posts anyway, so if you’ve been dying to have your say on anything I’ve posted, or correct any of my mistakes, now’s the time!