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…

Funky LD

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!

 

’56 LD on eBay

eBay LDSpotted this nice LD on eBay, fully restored to original condition. The last owner has had it for 48 years, an fit comes complete with the original buff logbook. It’s a ‘classified ad’ priced at £4,300 (just reduced). Current owner, Rob at Lowebourne Classic Vehicles might haggle a bit. Here’s the link.
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Another argument solved.

Paul Newman on a LambrettaWho’s the coolest Paul Newman, or Steve McQueen? It’s a tough call. I’d have always just about come down on the side of Mr McQueen, despite Mr Newman’s salad dressing, Cool Hand Luke, and his rendition of Plastic Jesus (check it out here if you haven’t heard it yet). But this is the final bit of evidence that swings it for Newman. And, until I see photographic evidence of McQueen on a Lammie, it’s definative. Paul Newman is the coolest. End of.

Laurent Callot Photographies, part deux

I’ve posted this chaps work before, but that was way back, and he is clearly a gentleman of great taste! Here’s some more shots I’ve found on his Facebook page.

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