Becky’s Mum

BeckysMumBecky posted a picture of her Mum, who was “Miss Lambretta” back in the day…
Must say, this is a cracking pic that sums up a bygone era. A classic beauty, on a classic beauty!

Let us know more of the back story Becky, and I’ll update the post.

If you’ve got any old Lambretta pics, let me know, and I’ll happily put them up on the blog. Thank you for your patience, while there has been a short ‘hiatus’ in posting – more soon.

 

Time warp LD

TimewarpLD1There’s a lovely LD over on eBay in  in unmolested ‘time warp’ condition.

The following is from the sellers eBay description, so as ever, ‘buyer beware’, but IMHO there are rarely such ‘honest’ looking scooters, and the pics all tally with the description… One family (husband and wife) owner from new (Jan 1957) . This Mk1 model LD150 saw many a Lambretta club meeting and event during its road going life back in the late fifties. The owners were based in Southend and members of their local club “The South East Essex Sea Urchins”. The original club pennant and badge on the badge bar are testament to this, and a lovely original touch, as are flyscreen and other original period accessories, all present and correct. The Scooter at some point was stripped completely and “customised” in Primrose yellow and many items were rechromed.
TimewarpLDThe scoot has been laid up since 1970 – it still retains it’s final MOT certificate and 1969 tax disc (also present is the all important buff log book).
£5k still seems a lot of money to me for an LD, but scooter prices are heading ever higher, and this does look like a very nice example so it’s probably about right. Since it’s redeiscovery, it has had a detailed conservation and many weeks carefully cleaning, fettling and preserving by Revival Scooters, and is now available for you to purchase.

Here’s the eBay link.

Hector’s House

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Don’t know much about this pic, just one I ‘discovered on Facebook. (If you haven’t popped over to the Facebook page yet, it’s here…). Both owner and dog look happy… and why wouldn’t they! The gingham curtains are a nice touch!

Hugo’s LD 150 and Model D watercolours

ld125hugo-10-14002_lambretta_rps23I’ve been following Hugo’s blog for a while now, he has set himself the task of producing a fresh new drawing every day and posting it on his blog… something he’s been doing for over three years now. His watercolour sketches have a wonderful combination of “looseness” and accuracy. In a recent visit to MuVIM ( Valencian Museum of Enlightenment & Modernity – now theres a title!), he sketched the Lambretta Model D, and LD on display, along with two Spanish bikes. I don’t know about you, but I think he has really caught the essence of the machines!  To cap it all I even got a mention in his blog, which made my day! Check out the original post here, and his blog here.

LD Barn Find For Sale

 VolkzoneLDLiking the look of this ’56 LD150… Untouched for 30 years, and back and running. For sale for £1950 with lots of spares, including a spare engine. I found it while browsing the Volkszone.com Volkswagen forum, so you’ll probaby have to sign up to that if you’re interested, as I haven’t spotted it on eBay yet…

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The King Kurt side panels bring back some pleasant memories of a misspent youth, and some fantastically messy gigs too. Ooh wallah wallah wallah, ooh wallah ooh, indeed.

 

Lambrettista. You’ve read the blog, now you can buy the t-shirt.

So, now the sun is finally suing, it’s time to sort through your wardrobe for something suitable to wear to the shops. Or the beach. Or work, if you work somewhere a bit casual. Why wear some generic t-shirt from a high street shop, when you could be sporting a fine garment showing your love of the world’s finest motor scooter> All shirts designed in-house by the Lambrettista Blog Design Team. That’ll be me then. Oh, if you’re a Vespa fan, it’s all meant in good fun. Honest.

More designs are going to be added as and when I get round to it. Check out the full online shop
The Lambrettista Blog Shop

Some designs will disappear if I get bored of them, and new ones will pop up, as and when. If you’ve got an idea for something Lambretta related you’ve like to see on a tee… drop me a line, I’m always open for a bit of inspiration. Nothing too rude, this is a family bog 🙂

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Riding Lola. Calm down. She’s a Lambretta.

!&I came across another nice Lambretta blog the other day which is worth a look – Riding Lola is “The Adventures of a 1963 Lambretta TV175 and her current owner”. But the TV is actually Lola 2… Lola 1 was a LD150. The owner, Glen is from Dallas Texas… and his blog features one of the best Lambretta images I’ve seen for a while, Lola next to one of my favourite three-wheelers… the Bond Bug In fact it’s my favourite bike car combo for a while, although it doesn’t ‘match’ the bug quite as well as a Quasarimg_1880
I love the old fella in the shot too… in fact, it could be my grandad… he’s wearing the exact gear my grandad used to… the exact trilby hat and car coat!

Here are some shots of Lola (1) after being restored by Glen. The Dallas skyline makes a nice backdrop on a couple… for more, and to check out Lola 2, visit his blog. It hasn’t been updated for a wee while… but I can empathise with that, sometimes life gets in the way of blogging.
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Mike Karslake on Pepple Mill

A bit of nostalgia for you… whenever I was off school back in the ’80’s…there wasn’t much telly on… I remember stuff like Crown Court and General Hospital… and then, at lunchtime, there was always Pebble Mill. Here’s an episode from the 80’s featuring Lambretta legend Mike Karslake, and some of his extensive Lambretta collection, including his Lambretta based fire engine and Wolfie’s Lambretta from Citizen Smith! He makes quite an entry on a Series 2 sidecar combination!

Via GP225 Wildcat’s YouTube Channel.

60 years old gets the red carpet treatment…

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Trawling the web for Lambretta images, I came across this freshly restored, and pimped up LD in Indonesia. Sitting rotting in a shipyard, it was rescued and given the full treatment by XXX, including the unique colour scheme, which it wears well. Very funky!Lambretta_012 Lambretta_008 Lambretta_005 Lambretta_009 3 Lambretta_006 Lambretta_010

I even like the red carpet… although whatever material it’s made of – in the UK it would just soak up rain, maybe you can get away with it in Indonesia!Lambretta_020 LD2

Found on the Vietnamese Xe Va Phong Cách blog, which Google tells me translates to “The Car and Style” although it originally comes from the Indonesian automotive blog dapurpacu.com. From what I can make out the work was done by these guys in Jakarta: Alamat Bengkel Primo 116 Werx 

If you’re reading this in the mystic orient, and you’re english is better than my (or google’s) Indonesian and/or Vientnamese, and I’ve made any glaring errors, please put me right 🙂

I’ve just noticed this is my 444th post which is simultaneously pleasing and, for some reason, a bit spooky… If you’re new to the blog you’ve got 443 other posts to check out, please do!