New site – Diary of a Detour

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 07.00.42Ali, of the Midhurst Detours SC, wrote to me (a while back I must admit) with details of her new website “Diary of a Detour“. She’s been going on the rallies since the early 80s and will be including rally write-ups and other scooter tips and photos – add it to your reading list!

Advertisements

Mad Mods And A Camera

12-image-1200Duncan got in touch to tell me about his blog Mad Mods and a Camera. So, what’s Mad Mods And A Camera?

16-image-140A journey – An amazing journey that started with a brief conversation outside a café in Enfield, North London. A journey that’s taken him on Rideouts, to club meetings and social events, and led to meet-ups with Mods all over the country. And a photographic journey that, as one Mod once said to him; “keep spreading the love” about modern-day Mods.

1-image-1400The imagery is fantastic. I’ve given you a flavour here… there’s much more over on his blog. Here.

2-image

Dot Net

dot_branning_large_1You may have noticed the URL of this site has changed… to lambrettista.net don’t worry, the old ‘un (lambrettist.wordpress.com) still works, so all your bookmarks etc.,should be fine. There’s hopefully going to be some exciting (well, for me anyway, but I’m easily excited) developments coming soon. Watch this space!

How Lambretta defined 1960’s design

Lambre-twist-feature
Great article on the Influx blog by Gary Inman on how the Lambretta, along with the E-type Jaguar and the original BMC Mini, defined 1960’s design. My favourite part is where he compares Lambrettas to their great rival Vespa… “Lambrettas are cool and beautiful. And better. End of.”
Couldn’t agree more Gary. Read the whole thing here.

Oh, and thanks to Vespamore for the heads up… although you no doubt agree to differ, eh Paul? 🙂

The Lambretta LN – what it means to the US lambrettisti

Screen_shot_2011-05-25_at_18

I’ve written about the “new Lambretta” …the LN… before. I’m sure I will again. There’s an excellent article here on the consistently good US based Scooterlounge blog.

The Cap’n makes some good points about the Lambretta brand… and how it has been devalued. I’m kinda with him there, although I have seen some great Lambretta branded products, there is a definite lack of of quality control.
There’s some “official Lambretta merchandise” that is just pure tat. Any hoo… read the article and make your own mind up. 
Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t seen the new LN yet, so I’ve yet to make my mind up yet. I’m definitely NOT an apologist for the LN. But there are a couple of definite ‘plusses” in my mind.
1. The manufacturers have actually looked at classic Lambretta’s before designing the look of this scoot. There are real design cues from the original.
2. It’s made of metal
So, anybody seen one, or actually ridden one yet?
I’d love to have to have some real world experience on here.