Stay Exposed, Motorcycle Bivouac

If you’re one of those hardy souls who likes to sleep under canvas next to your scoot, this could be for you. It looks like it’s a quality product, made with care and decent materials – and rolls up to just 15cm diameter and 45cm wide. Just use your imagination to swap out all the motorcycle images for Lambrettas, and you’ll get the idea.

It’s a kickstarter project, and if you feel the urge,  you can get involved here.  Or there’s always the B&B.

Via DesignBoom

Being launches on Kickstarter

Being, the short film project I wrote about a while back has launched on Kickstarter.

af6b9ef50edcfb0eeb050b43b5c8df4c_originalFeaturing a young carer (Buddy) inspired by 60’s music and the film Quadrophenia. Buddy meets an out of work actor, Doley who was in Quadrophenia  (played by Mark Wingett) an they become friends. 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.Caring

Being will be shot in London and Brighton in late summer 2016. It’s a gentle observational drama, about a young boy who is bullied for being different.bdfdd3b599ed7b3c0187cb964da6abc3_original

Check it out on Kickstarter, here, watch the project movie, and if you feel like getting involved, become a backer. This project will only be funded if at least £20,000 is pledged by Sat, Apr 16. At the moment, they are off to a good start. If you want to see this happen, pledges start at just £2.

 

 

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.

Beingfilm-Rewards Kickstarter Rewards

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

It’s NOT a race… but let’s get it over the finish line!

starr-0910P_B_129-02---DAY-02-MORNING-.Still001It’s 22 scooters. It’s 3,487 miles. Over 10 Days. It’s the Scooter Cannonball Run… a “timed endurance event”. And back in 2010 they shot  a movie… a documentary that attempted to capture the insanity of the event by follows the scoots ( a swarm of Vespa’s, a Honda Ruckus and Yamaha C3 and Starr – pictured above – on her ’67 Lambretta) from Vancouver too Maine.

And they’ve been working on the movie for the last four years. Working through over 300 hours of footage, shot with 7 cameras. This has been a passion project for the filmmaking team, and, up until now, has been entirely self financed. Finally, the movie has begun to near completion, and now the team has turned to crowdfunding, via Kickstarter, in order to raise finishing funds.

I know it’s a movie I’d like to see. And we can help make it happen. If it’s something you’d like to be part of of too, you can contribute here.

Visit the movie website, Facebook page or watch the trailer below:

The Scooter Diaries

The Scooter Diaries

The Scooter Diaries

Great pic isn’t it?

It’s not the SLS (Special Lambretta Service)… It’s Ron Bowman, and his mate, about to set off on the journey of a lifetime.

In November of 1959, Ron Bowman quit his job as a newspaper reporter, sold his car and bought a 150cc Lambretta scooter. He intended to ride it from his hometown of Thorold, Ontario, Canada all the way to South America. As far as he knew, no one had ever made such a journey, but he was gong to try. Along the way, he proposed to his girlfriend of three weeks, and married her. This is the story of Ron and Tove Bowman and their epic adventure romance through Latin America on a motor scooter, during a time when such a journey was virtually unheard of. No crew. No support vehicles. Just two crazy Canadians in love on a Lambretta, discovering the world, discovering each other, and having the greatest adventure of their lives.

Their son, Gordon, recently found his dad’s manuscript and knew he wanted to share it with the world. He’s written a book and is planning to get it published through Kickstarter to crowd-fund it’s printing. He’s got a website with all the details, here and you can follow his progress on Facebook too. The Kickstarter page doesn’t appear to be up yet, but I’ll post a direct link to that too, when it is.

UPDATE:The Kickstarter page is now live, you can help make this book a reality HERE.

I’ve already added it to my Christmas reading list!

Scrooser… hipster electric scooter

So, what do you get if you cross an electric scooter, with a kids toy, push along scooter… and add a bit of Harley Davidson ‘bobber’ aesthetic into the mix?

Scrooser-Electric-Scooter-1The Scrooser, that’s what.

And they call it an “Urban Mobility Scooter” rather than a hipster electric scooter.

Scrooser-Electric-Scooter-4 Scrooser-Electric-Scooter-3Although it doesn’t actually exist as a product you can buy – yet – it looks pretty well advanced. If you like it, you can be part of the story by funding it on Kickstarter… chip in anything from $1 up… if you contribute $3950 you’ll get a Scrooser, early backers edition, personally numbered (2-25). If you stump up $10k you get the Scooser ONE, the first one off the production line.

I don’t know if I love it or hate it… LOVE the fat wheels, clean lines, and lack of visible engine… HATE the hipsters riding it all over the pavement… can see that going down well!

Scrooser-Electric-Scooter-2If it was road legal, and had decent performance and range, it would be way cool, and probably knock the Zoomer/Ruckus off it’s spot as my favourite modern scooter.

Via: HiConsumption blog

Find a full review of The Scrooser over at Electric Scooter Expert – a blog focused on this kind of scooter… if you like the Scrooser, check the site out here.