Lambrettista… Review of the year

I hope this is not too self indulgent, but this has been a big year for the Lambrettista blog.

Back in April, the old Posterous blog came to an end… when the Posterous blogging platform did. I looked around for a replacement platform, and WordPress seemed to be a no brainer. After a slowish start, (31 views and 22 visitors in April) the next month the viewing figures shot up to 2,664 views and 956 visitors… a definite improvement! Things have gone from strength tho strength since… Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 04.41.20

Secondly… Reach… You might be interested in where the Lambrettista blog is read… Which is pretty much everywhere. The map below shows the reach of my blog. And, no I’m not blowing my own trumpet (well, a bit) but I’m blown away at the number of countries where people read my blog. I’ve still got to crack Mongolia, most of the continent of Africa, and a couple of countries in South America (come on Paraguay, you’re letting the side down!), but other than that the reach is pretty global. I hit the 100 countries mark a while back and am way more than that now. Wow. It’s probably more about the popularity of the World’s Finest Motor Scooter than any great blogging skill on my part, but it’s nice nonetheless.

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2014 was also the year I decided to make a Lambrettista.net Facebook page and Twitter account (@MrLambrettista) to support the blog. I set these up in November, and the Facebook page has already had 750+ ‘Likes’ and the Twitter account 250+ followers. If you haven’t checked them out, there’s more, different content on both, and I’d love to have you part of them.

And now a few favourite posts…

Favourite Lammie

My favourite Lambrettas of the year… It’s truly impossible to pick. So here’s Four of that have stuck in my mind… Firstly, Chrsitian Gentilini’s stunning SX150 S-Type Screen shot 2013-07-06 at 07.35.58

Blue Ashtray; a clean mean GP from NYCBlue Ashtray Lambretta GPThis beautiful conserved resto by the Rimini Lambretta Centre… a lovely original orange SX150 Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 15.28.01

And to show it’s not all about perfection, I loved this rat look Series 1 that was up on eBay$T2eC16R,!w0E9szNYhFVBRzF4rgFfQ~~60_12

2013 was also a big year for new Lambretta based innovations… two scoots stand out – and while they can’t be called Lambrettas for legal reasons, they are fine machines based on the the classic lines of our favourite scooter. Firstly the Scomadi – a modern auto clad in Lambretta style bodywork,turismo-leggera-300

and then the MkII Ebretta – the most stylish electric scooter you’re ever likely to see.Ebretta

Lambretta Club of the Year

Despite the excellent work of my own Lambretta Club, (The LCGB) I’ve got to award this one to the new kid on the block, The youngest national Lambretta Club in the World… the Lambretta Club of South Africa.

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Favourite Photograph

There’s been more than a few great images… here are just three of my favourites. Feel free to explore the archives to discover more for yourself!Lambretta easy rider
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Oddball Scooter of the Year

This category is for any scooter that I’ve written about. Despite a strong contender in the Malaguti Saigon, and a late showing for the WFM Osa, there was only going to be one winner this year… The Tula based Scooter Caravan4b98f96dbc8bca7b64209244945b68d1

Lambretta Product of the Year

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Not a Scootering product at all… or a pair of sock bearing the Lambretta logo, but this fine  piece of furniture from Iconic Designs.

 Looking forward to 2014

2014 Is looking good for shipping on both the Scomadi and the Ebretta II,  and perhaps for a fresh push on the Alessandro Tatarini designed Lambretta LN‘s …as legal battles seem to coming to some conclusion on the Lambretta brand. Or maybe not.

If you’re fairly new to the blog, you obviously like your Lammies, and I’d like to think theres a fair bit that will interest you in the archive… keep hitting the “Older posts” button at the bottom of the page to see a whole load more Lambretta-ey goodness! Oh, and please check out the Events Page (under the links menu) for a calendar of scootery things to do, all over the world, in the coming year.

Finally, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Thank you, Gracias, Merci, Danke, 谢谢, ขอขอบคุณคุณ, dank u (love the Dutch), Tack, Dankon. I appreciate your support. And keep reading, sharing, liking, following and commenting, it really makes my day when you do. And stay tuned… there’s plenty more to come in 2014.

Happy New Year, when it comes. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy. Safe and Prosperous One. Big Love… Jock.

Lambretta Jubilee Art

Lambretta Jubilee BostonOne of the big events, for the sate side Lambrettisti, is the annual Lambretta Jubilee, a national, Lambretta only event organised by the Lambretta Club USA. Next year, it’s in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lambretta Jubilee Colorado

Now being the other side of the pond, I don’t know an awful lot more than that. But what I do know, is whoever designs their posters for them is doing an excellent job. I’ve found last years one from Colorado, and  these are real quality illustrations. So if you’ve got any more examples of these masterpieces of graphic art, give me a nod… It would be great to feature them on here. Maybe more importantly, if you know the talent behind the illustrations, please let me know, I’d love to give him / her the credit they are due!

EDIT / Update: Corey from The Bitter End Scooter Club, Ontario, Canada has given me a heads up on the artist. It’s by Glenn Reid, who has a website here. There are a fair few scoots features in his work, which will probably be as familiar to you, as they were to me when I saw them. Really lovely stuff, with an art deco travel poster vibe about them. Nice work Glenn, and cheers for the info Corey.

FURTHER EDIT / UPDATE: The Colorado Spring illustrations are by Adam Biddle, aka Adam Xyl, a Lambretta owner and rider, and a member of the Peak Scooter Club. Nice work Adam.

EuroLambretta 2014 – Davos, Switzerland

EuroLambretta 2014 FlyerIf you couldn’t make it to EuroLambretta 2013, which is about to kick off any minute now, or youron your way / already there and you are already thinking about next years, it’s in Davos, Switzerland. Now the only two things I know about Davos, are 1) They hold financial summits for the G8 countries there, and 2) It sounds a bit like Davros… leader of the Daleks. So I won’t be much help. But maybe this Wikipedia article will.

The dates are 27th– 29th June, and more details will be forthcoming, once the current Euro is over, from the Lambretta Club Swiss.

It’s actually only 2 miles further than Avignon, according to a quick bit of ‘research’ on Google Maps, but I have heard that Switzerland is quite “hilly”.
I expect this rally will run like clockwork.