I came across Emma’s photography on Flickr, and had to feature it on the blog! A freelance photographer, based in Birmingham, she has had a passion for bikes and scooters since she was a young girl… even burning her leg on the exhaust of her dad’s Honda CB250N Superdream as girl didn’t put her off! I’m sure you’ll agree from the stunning images here, that Emma has a great ‘eye’ and really captures the essence of the machines she shoots. Of course having some fantastic scoots to shoot doesn’t hurt 🙂Over the last few years Emma’s photography career has started to take off, and she has recently acquired a contract with a scooter restoration specialist… so hopefully you’ll be seeing a lot more of her work soon… there’s talk of a range of products for the Lambretta market, and I’ll feature what I can on the blog.
Emma’s scooter photography is just the tip of the iceberg, she’s happy to photograph almost anything, if you’ve got a project for her, get in touch through her Flickr account, here, where you’ll find more Lambretta imagery and get a flavour of her other work.
Pete Davis of the British Lambretta Archive sent me this fantastic pic of a couple of LCGB riders in the 1965 Milan to Taranto a 1,000 mile regularity trial, a event organised by the Lambretta Club d’Italia.
A little digging led me to discover this great video on YouTube…
…and a fantastic article on the ever excellent Team S Equipe blog, here.
Andy from the Lambretta Club of South Africa sent me these fantastic pics from their epic easter rideout from Johannesburg to Durban – check THAT out on a map to see how epic that ride is! If the scenery doesn’t make you wish you were riding it with them, well there’s something wrong with you! Thanks Andy. Maybe I’ll get out there and join you one year!
So, with the 2014 Scootering season kicking off in style this weekend, many are starting to think about forthcoming events, such as the EuroLambretta in Davos, Switzerland. But the Lambretta Club Austria want you to be thinking further ahead than that… and have posted this video to get you in the mood for 2015. There’s efficiency for you!
It seems wherever you are in the world, there are people doing fun, crazy challenges on vintage scooters, whether it’s riding from Johannesburg to Durban in SA, Riding Australia from top to toe, or riding 1000 miles from Aukland to the tip of the North Island, and back, over four days. There’s a fair crowd up for it, with team names like The Unpredictables, Team Hungry Snake, The Sons of Anchovy, The Pogans, Team ARSCRAC, and Team Anal Thunder… you might get an idea of the spirit of the event. Entry is open to classic, geared scooters only, and by my count there are twenty or so Lambrettas making the trip, so good luck, and big respect to all the participants, even those on Vespas. And Belladonnas… whatever they are!Find out more on the Mille Miglia webpage, or their Facebook page, here.
Thanks to Phil from the Cambridge Lambretta Club for the heads up.
One day, we’ll all be riding around on eco-friendly electric Lambrettas (like this one)… but until then, there’s nothing like the smell of 2 stroke, catching in the back of your throat and the unique sound of a Lambretta engine. It’s something only Lambrettisti understand!
This video from Rui Tavares in Portugal captures it perfectly. Loving that orange crankcase side too.
If you’re off to Whitby this weekend, have fun. If your’e riding you’re Lammie from Johannesburg to Durban, have fun too. In fact have fun and ride safe whatever you’re doing! Happy Easter!
Online mate David Hardy, designer and Lambrettista, has designed the identity for a new kind of shop… Bolt, in Hackney, London. I’ve had to go to Hackney a few times recently, and there’s a real buzz about the place… lots of positive energy, and good stuff happening, and Bolt is one of them.
So Bolt… it’s a showroom for one-off, custom built motorcycles, a hang-out / meeting point for ride-outs, a shop for a range of perfectly chosen apparel, and a gallery… all inspired by the motorcycling lifestyle. And when I say motorcycling, it’s a broad church, you are as likely to see a vintage Vespa or Lammie parked up outside as a BSA or a Triumph. I haven’t managed to get down to Bolt yet, but it’s on my list next time I’m over Hackney way.
Long term followers might remember the video I posted a while back from the Lebowski Scooter Gang, out of Vallecamonica, Italy… about their run to the castle in Camuno. At the time, the quality of the video blew me away, I think it was genuinely the best club video I’d seen. Well, the bar has raised, with many fine videos posted… the ones by Woodsy for example (check this one out).
But the guys (and girls) from Vallecomonica have done it again, taking 70’s cop shows, (Starsky & Hutch etc.) as their inspiration this time! Superb!
There is more to come, so stay tuned. Find out more about the run on their site; here.
Remember the rather tasty modern incarnation of the Lambretta GP, The Scomadi, that I wrote about way back in November last year, here?Well there’s an update on the ScooterNova site. At the recent Morecambe Pre-Season Rally, PM Tuning held an open day at their shop, where a couple of Scomadi’s were on display, including a prototype of the forthcoming 50cc Turismo Leggera production model.Scomadi are now transitioning from making a few one offs, to full scale production… with manufacturing in Asia. Regualr reader and Lambrettista corespondent Ian pointed me in the direction of this site… Hanway Motors, who are either producing the Scomadi for Lambretta Innovations, or ripping them off…
Anyway, it’s all good in my humble opinion, and I’m a classic Innocenti man. The Scomadi is a modern version of the Italian original, in the same way as a modern Vespa, and the modern Vespa clones (LML etc) encapsulate the spirit of older classic Vespas. Alongside the LN, it can only be good for the whole Lambretta scene.
Ok it’s in German, put let the pictures do the talking. And I don’t know about you, but German is one of those languages that I can pic up the gist of if you pay attention. Unfortunately the focus seems to be on the Vepsa on show,including some rather odd Vespa mopeds, and a nutter doing some quite impressive stunt riding. There is a glimpse of a rather lovely S1 with a trailer, a really stunning skinhead / suedehead style skelly… really, really nicely done that… and a rather tasty race replica GP with a nice Martini paint job.
What surprises me more is the scale and feel of the event… it’s got the feel of something like the Ideal Home Exhibition… and a really mainstream audience.