Loved Quadrophenia? Check out this new film; Being

CaringNews of a new short film being shot in Brighton reached Lambrettista HQ the other day, this looks like its going to be a good one.  Scheduled for a 2017 release, Being is a new film featuring a couple of actors from the classic Quadrophenia, the film that a lot of scooter riders cite as ‘life changing’. The exciting thing about this film is that you can get involved with it through Kickstarter… more of that at the end of this post.

The story

Buddy is a young carer for his Mum who has multiple sclerosis. He struggles with his responsibilities at home and is bullied at school finding escape in a world of sixties music. He befriends an out of work actor, ‘Doley’ (Mark Wingett), who was in the movie Quadrophenia. The core of the film is the struggle carers face when looking after family members. It raises the question, in a lighthearted way, why in this day and age, carers and those they care for are still marginalised and made to feel like outsiders.

A nod to Quadrophenia

From original cast members and the Brighton location right down to the replicas of the scooters and clothing, Being has strong cultural references to the original Quadrophenia movie. Buddy and his mother Margaret share a love of sixties mod bands like The Who, The Kinks and The Animals.NodToTheMods

Who’s on board?

Director Devlin Crow has secured a stellar line-up of cast and crew, which includes Mark Wingett (Dave from Quadrophenia, one of my favourite characters) as well as Trevor Laird, (another of my favourite characters, Ferdy). Buddy is played by young actor Joshua Farley. There’s a strong team behind the camera too; cinematographer Tristan Oliver (Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Wrong Trousers) and composer Barrington Pheloung (Inspector Morse, Lewis) backed up by an experienced film and television crew.

But they need your help…

The script has been written and many people have pledged their commitment to this project because of Devlin’s considerable charisma and his deep love for Kennedy, his wife who has MS. They do so in the knowledge that in Devlin’s hands this will be a moving and compelling work of art that will change peoples’ lives forever.

If you want to be part of this exciting film here’s what you do…

The Kickstarter* campaign will launch on 1st February 2016 and will run for 30 days. Their goal is to raise a minimum of £20,000. I’ll update this post with a link to the project when it launches, but I thought I’d get in early, to give my readers a ‘heads up’ on this very special project.

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Here’s how it works: They set a funding goal (£20k). You make a pledge. You choose a level of donation that suits you and in return there will be some fabulous rewards. The rewards will be detailed on the Kickstarter page, but ere are a few examples of what you might expect to receive:

  • Devlin Crow original artwork
  • Credits in the film
  • Invitation to the premier
  • Be an extra for the day
  • Autographs from the actors
  • Watching one of the scenes of the film being shot
  • Lunch on one of the days of the shoot
  • Your own Lambretta being featured in the film
  • Invite to a party with the cast

Check out the website

This is only a taster of the project, there’s a lot more over on the official website, you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


*Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform where people come together to make creative projects happen. When you back the project, you’ll be part of the journey to make the film happen. They’ve chosen Kickstarter because it is set up to help filmmakers like Devlin reach out to people like us, and they enjoy supporting Kickstarter projects themselves.


If for some bizarre reason you don’t own a copy of Quadrophenia,  You can get one on Amazon here

Lambretta trike for sale

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I featured this funky trike on the blog a while back, when it was Ford Focus Orange… and  loved it then. Now she’s had a makeover, and she’s up for sale!

If you’re a rally goer, you’ve probably seen her, as she’s travelled to every major rally, including the IOW, and Kalkar in Germany, picking up over 30 trophies on the way. And she gets a lot of attention wherever she goes. She’s given the owner, and builder Brett has just given the engine a full rebuild (rockers/cam/piston/1mm

The trike’s owner, and builder Brett has just given the engine a full rebuild (rockers/cam/piston/1mm rebore) as she’s given him seven trouble free-years of scootering. He’s also replaced the front forks, wheel, and she’s got a new front tyre and calliper.

Despite all the miles the trike has been kept in tip-top condition, and she’s like new… and not just ‘under the hood’ (or should that be under the panels) the paintwork is in mint condition. After the £20k+ Brett spent building her, he wanted to keep her nice! what are you getting for your money (other than a true one-off of course)? She’s powered by a Honda 200cc TRXD semi-auto with 5 forward gears and reverse.

You could be her next owner

Now Brett wants her to go to a good home. So what are you getting for your money (other than a true one-off of course)? Well, she’s powered by a Honda 200cc TRXD semi-auto with 5 forward gears and reverse. She ‘sounds the bollox’ with double s/s pipes. and you’ll get a load of spare bits for the trike including rear tyres and Italian GP legshields. Brett wants £9,500 which is a deal, a steal, the sale of the century for a once in a lifetime chance to own a unique scoot. If you want any further info email him

Brett wants £9,500 which is a deal, a steal, the sale of the century for a once in a lifetime chance to own a unique scoot. If you want any further info email him here, or text him on 07842 712197.

 

 

Oldies but Goldies…

The Golden Special, along with it’s slightly less impressive ‘sister’ The Silver Special was launched in 1965 by Innocenti to give the LI Special range a bit of a boost. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Golden Special, which is just my personal taste, I don’t think the colour sets off the lines of machine as well as the some of the other combos. I’m just not a gold kinda guy, too blingy for me. Don’t like the gold iPhone, don’t like gold taps, I don’t even reckon Gold is Spandau Ballet’s best song.

But if you’ve got a taste for the finer things in life, there are a couple of Golden Specials on eBay. They’re not mega rare, but they are far from run-of-the-mill.

The first one is in it’s original paint, a wonderful, unrestored example, straight form Italy. It would really benefit from being kept ‘as is’ or a conserved restoration. It’s on eBay, here.

The second has taken the Golden Special, and added gold. Gold plated engine parts and brightwork. It looks very classy next to that well preserved ’80’s Vespa (a Cosa? I’m no expert!) If it floats your boat, check it out on eBay

WIN a 2016 Lambretta!

The good news: There’s gonna be a new Lambretta in 2016! The bad new: There’s gonna be a new Lambretta in 2016. Lovers of the Lambretta brand don’t really want new. We want old Lambrettas, maybe with the odd tweak or improvement. That’s why Scomadi have done so well. A modern auto, but with the looks of a GP. Well, not quite, but not far off.

WinA2016LambrettaPersonally, I think the LN was a decent stab at reinventing the Lambretta for the twenty-first century, but many disagreed. And, although it received decent enough reviews in the media, it was less than a resounding success amongst scooterists. Then, of course, it disappeared from the scene completely – no doubt leaving those purchasers that had bought one feeling rather abandoned.

Vespa riders are happy enough to ride their modern GTS’s. Lambretta riders are a pickier audience. While the target market probably wasn’t the classic scooter owner, it you convince them, you’ve cracked the mass market, in my ever so humble opinion.

Anyway. The point of this ramble is to introduce the competition that Lambretta Concessionaires are running a competition to win one of these new, 2016 Lambrettas. Of course, you don’t know what you’ll be getting, but hey, a free Lambretta? Can’t be a bad thing can it? All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter. Worth a go, right? Sign up HERE.

If you want to know more about the 2016 Lambretta, (known only as the L’70 at the moment) Stay tuned. When I know, you’ll know.

Scooters & Style Magazine

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When it comes to scooter magazines, there are only really two players for most people.
Scootering, and Classic Scooter Scene. Well, now there’s a third. There’s a new kid on the block, and they’re French. Scooters & Style magazine is now on issue 5, and the tagline ‘Yesterday’s Scooter Today pretty much sums up what they do.

goggo1It’s a really classy affair, printed on good quality stock (with a nice thick, glossy cover). The contents, and I’ll run through the full contents of issue 5 in a minute, are very much photography led. I’m not knocking the photography of the ‘big two’ mags, but Scooter & Style does things slightly differently, with the photography really being the hero of every article. There are often full bleed, full page photographs, and a couple of double page spreads, which coupled with the superior stock  really make the images look fantastic. It’s the sort of thing you want to leave open on your coffee table, preferably next to a large cafe au lait!! You’ll get an idea from the images below.

The articles are very good, and the magazine in laid out nicely, although being a graphic designer in my day job there’s always things I’d do differently. The fact that all the text appears in both french and English must present the designers with a few challenges, but it doesn’t get in the way for the reader.

Issue five has some great articles; listed below.

S+S-IMG_6892S+S-IMG_6893First is an amazing ‘secret’ collection of 170 scooters by a mysterious figure known only as Claude. This is a guy who has six, yep six, Lambretta LD’s in his collection (the French built ones, I assume), as well as every single model Motobécane made in the 50’s, and many other marques such as Peugeot, Terot, Magnat-Debon (a new one on me!) Rumi, AGF (Nope, don’t know that one either) Triumph, Durkopp, Maïco and Scootavia (another I’ll have to look up). Fantastic.

S+S-IMG_6894The next feature was on a dude from Lyon, Lucas, aka Brus Custom, who makes some really cool ‘LoFi’ hot rod style customs based on a ’57 LD. The kingsize ‘moon-eyes’ gearshift on this machine looks great. There’s a superb double-page spread of this machine in front of a VW bus he’s also ‘done’.

S+S-IMG_6900S+SIMG_6898A truly stunning Arthur Francis S-Type style SX 225 is given the respect it deserves, ten full pages on this beaut.

Even if your not a Lambretta fan (unlikely, I know, if you’re reading this blog) Scooter sport features in the form of the Scootentole 10h de Magny-Cours. Vespa fans get their fair share, as well as four pages on Vespa World Days 2015 there’s a lovely Primavera in the tried and tested Gulf racing colours. Always works that combo. When you seat upon it a nice French lady showing more than a little leg, it works even better. Then there’s a great article on the battle-ready Vespa 150 TAP, with its 75mm cannon. Nine full pages on that one.Tech articles, rally news and music complete the offering.S+S-IMG_6901S+S-IMG_6902

Scooters & Style is a very different magazine from Scootering and Classic Scooter Scene. It’s got more of an ‘artsy’ vibe about it, and the superior paper stock and layout really make the high-quality photography come alive.

To conclude (nearly) I’d highly recommend this stylish mag. It’ll make a great addition to your reading list. It might even help you learn french. Find out more on their website here, and check out how to order your copy now.

I’ll end this post with an apology (I was going to start it with one, but it didn’t seem to hit the right note) Sorry, it’s been a long time in the writing. Thank you for bearing with me Laurent! Now I’m off to look up Magnat-Debon, AGF and Scootavia scooters…

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Two 1’s

Thes two Series 1’s currently for sale on eBay encapsulate the reason I love Lambretta’s so much. Both are far from ‘stock’, and they couldn’t be different.

The first is a classy baby-blue and cream cruiser is a rhapsody in careful customization, all the accessories add to the lines and the look of the machine. The Lucas pathfinders actually work, and are not just for show. The Mugello 186 conversion ensures that it is no slouch, but it gets there smoooothly. On eBay for a classified price of £7,000 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. LIS1mugellobabyblue

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The second machine shares the same base model (LI 1), but it couldn’t look more different. I had to do a bit of a double-take when I first saw it, as it has definite “Racing D” heritage in its build. And it’s built for speed, with an RB22 225cc on Indian casings with Italian running gear and NO extraneous extras.

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No pathfinders on this one… no lights actually! Somehow, it’s road legal, however, as it passed an MOT when originally built, and was stipulated as daytime use only. As it’s pre-1960, it doesn’t require an annual MOT, so Bob’s your mother’s brother although a part of me thinks “Good luck discussing that one with an over-zealous traffic cop”. Although there’s nothing extraneous on the bike, it’s got a shedload of one-off trick parts and modifications, as you’ll have seen from the pics. It's on eBay too, with a classified piece of exactly half the blue one , at £3,500. It’s definitley not half the machine though, although there’s an attempt to make it half the weight! It’s in Swanage, Dorset. 1950sstracer

The Breasticle Run

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One for your diary… Feb 17 – 19th 2016: A number of themed fund-raising activities will take place, all centred around 4 ladies (of a certain age); riding geared Italian scooters, for roughly 1000 miles, over 3 days around the southern coast and counties of England to raise money for Cancer related charities.

For more details, and to donate to this worthy cause check out their Facebook Page.

For more things to do in 2016, check our my Events page. If you have an event to add, get in touch.