We all know people around the world love Lambrettas – It’s not just an Italian, or British thing. Most of my readers will also know Lambrettas, or their variants were not just made in Italy – also being manufactured under licence in Spain, Germany, France, India, Argentina, Brazil and Taiwan – and I’m sure there’s one or two places I’ve forgotten!
What is more surprising for me is how many people around the world have read the blog – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – there’s actually only a few countries where the Lambrettista blog hasn’t been read!
So, if you know somebody in Tajikistan, North Korea, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Chad, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Cameroon or the Central African Republic – give them a shout – and get them to check in on the blog 🙂
If you’re interested, my Top Ten countries for readers are:
*Nearly. The 10 countries where the blog hasn’t been read are listed above!
Ali, 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!
A 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.
The imagery is fantastic. I’ve given you a flavour here… there’s much more over on his blog. Here.
You 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!
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 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.