Original Photography from Innocenti Lambretta Factory in Milan #1

Following my post from the Spanish Lambretta / Serveta factory in Eibar, (here) I’ve been sent a ton of fantastic imagery from my online pal Darrin Slack – so much that they will be providing the majority of the posts for the forseeable future – my only issue is finding enough hours in the day to post them! Darrin is a self-admitted ‘bloody bloohound’ when it comes to anything Lambretta – and has scoured the internet to find these images – which kinda what I’ve been doing for to find content for this blog – but Darrin is far better at it than I am! So, all this stuff is out there on the internet already, but it’s nice for us Lambretta fans to have everything in one place eh? Hopefully this blog becomes a bit of a resource for anybody interested in Lambretta history.

Image Source: I will endeavour to post links to the sites where these images originally featured – and credit any original photographers etc. These images appear to originally come from the Fondazione ISEC Flickr account. The Fondazione ISEC was formed in 1973 for the purpose of collecting, conserving and enhancing sources of the history of the Italian Resistance movement and the labour movement. Over time, Fondazione ISEC has become a national reference point for whoever is interested in events concerning the political, economic and social history of contemporary Italy. They have appeared on various sites, and Pinterest accounts around the internet… hopefully posting them here is another way of preserving and publicising these great images. The Fondazione ISEC site is here: https://www.fondazioneisec.it/

Plenty more to come!
These shots are just the first of many, not only of the Lambretta factory, but also Lambretta trade shows, and various rarely seen publicity shots, as well as images of various Lambretta prototypes etc. Stay tuned for more of this good stuff! Thanks again to Darrin for sourcing and supplying me the images.


Lambretta Locomociones

Pictures from the Spanish Lambretta Factory in Eibar

A couple of posts back, I wrote about the Lambretta Amiga – the last throw of the dice for the Serveta factory in the Spanish Basque country (here). I gave a short potted history of the Spanish Lambrettas – Reader Darrin Slack got in touch, and shared some fantastic images he had of the Eibar factory (I said he had shared a bunch of great content with me, didn’t I – stay tuned – there’s more to come).The pictures below are of the purpose-built factory that started building scooters in 1954 – just two years after a group of Basque businessmen obtained a licence from Innocenti to build Lambrettas in Spain.

The Drawing office –
Tube bending machines – making the frames for the scooters
Sidepanels coming out of the hydraulic press – who knew that they were made in pairs?
Legshields being finished – note the distinctive turning front mudguard of the Winter Model in the foreground, and stacked up on the left hand side of the image.

The Basque factory was very successful – initially catering to the domestic Spanish market… as can be seen in the image below, they made at least 3 million machines…

Thanks again to Darrin for the fantastic images. If you’re interested in finding out more about Spanish Lambrettas – check out this site Serveta is Betta.

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.


ProBikeART – Stunning Studio Shots of your Scoot

b16555So you’ve spent a few quid getting your scoot the way you want it… why not spend a few more documenting it for posterity? You could take some snaps yourself, or do it properly (your the kind of person that does things properly, right?), and get it shot professionally in a studio… except most studios are set up to shoot people, not motorcycles and scooters.

That’s where ProBikeArt comes into the picture. Professional studio photography that captures the lines and details of your Lambretta in the best light. Photographer Ian Daisley specialises in shooting classic, racing and cherished motorcycles – but he’s shot a few Lambrettas – as you can see!eg5a9381eg5a9322eg5a9333

A basic studio session costs just £145… including your finished digital images supplied on disk, and a 300x400mm framed fine art print.

ProBikeArt are located near Matlock in Derbyshire. Get in touch with them here.


All images used by permission, and © Ian Daisley / ProBikeART (www.probikeart.co.uk)

Damm fine photography

lightbox_brightonI’ve often featured the work of talented photographers on the blog, and Dammo is the latest of the bunch. Dammo specialises in capturing British subcultures with their inherent diversity, quirkiness and definitive style. The majority of his work reflects his own personal interests in music and cultural movements: be it Northern Soul, Mod, Rockabilly, 50s R&B or the Scooter Scene. However, individual commissions will be considered.

Photography with Soul.

Dammo’s photography is stylish, crisp and detailed, in terms of tone and colour, offering a document of time and place. There is a vintage flavour to his work, but with a fresh modern perspective, demonstrating a graphic designers eye, combined with a photographers passion for the subject and the art of making the observer feel present in the event. He offers bespoke quality pictures depicting events and people in a way that illustrates the emotion and intrinsic timeless nature of British sub cultural movements, whether it be for editorial purposes, display or web.

Book him, Dammo.

For photographic enquiries you can call Dammo on: 0777 219 7276 or email him hereAlteratively, follow him on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with his latest work.

All images featured in this post are used with permission and are copyright ©Dammo Photography 2014. All rights reserved.


Scooters & Style Magazine

When it comes to scooter magazines, there are only really two players for most people.
Scootering, and Classic Scooter Scene. Well, now there’s a third. There’s a new kid on the block, and they’re French. Scooters & Style magazine is now on issue 5, and the tagline ‘Yesterday’s Scooter Today pretty much sums up what they do.

goggo1It’s a really classy affair, printed on good quality stock (with a nice thick, glossy cover). The contents, and I’ll run through the full contents of issue 5 in a minute, are very much photography led. I’m not knocking the photography of the ‘big two’ mags, but Scooter & Style does things slightly differently, with the photography really being the hero of every article. There are often full bleed, full page photographs, and a couple of double page spreads, which coupled with the superior stock  really make the images look fantastic. It’s the sort of thing you want to leave open on your coffee table, preferably next to a large cafe au lait!! You’ll get an idea from the images below.

The articles are very good, and the magazine in laid out nicely, although being a graphic designer in my day job there’s always things I’d do differently. The fact that all the text appears in both french and English must present the designers with a few challenges, but it doesn’t get in the way for the reader.

Issue five has some great articles; listed below.

S+S-IMG_6892S+S-IMG_6893First is an amazing ‘secret’ collection of 170 scooters by a mysterious figure known only as Claude. This is a guy who has six, yep six, Lambretta LD’s in his collection (the French built ones, I assume), as well as every single model Motobécane made in the 50’s, and many other marques such as Peugeot, Terot, Magnat-Debon (a new one on me!) Rumi, AGF (Nope, don’t know that one either) Triumph, Durkopp, Maïco and Scootavia (another I’ll have to look up). Fantastic.

S+S-IMG_6894The next feature was on a dude from Lyon, Lucas, aka Brus Custom, who makes some really cool ‘LoFi’ hot rod style customs based on a ’57 LD. The kingsize ‘moon-eyes’ gearshift on this machine looks great. There’s a superb double-page spread of this machine in front of a VW bus he’s also ‘done’.

S+S-IMG_6900S+SIMG_6898A truly stunning Arthur Francis S-Type style SX 225 is given the respect it deserves, ten full pages on this beaut.

Even if your not a Lambretta fan (unlikely, I know, if you’re reading this blog) Scooter sport features in the form of the Scootentole 10h de Magny-Cours. Vespa fans get their fair share, as well as four pages on Vespa World Days 2015 there’s a lovely Primavera in the tried and tested Gulf racing colours. Always works that combo. When you seat upon it a nice French lady showing more than a little leg, it works even better. Then there’s a great article on the battle-ready Vespa 150 TAP, with its 75mm cannon. Nine full pages on that one.Tech articles, rally news and music complete the offering.S+S-IMG_6901S+S-IMG_6902

Scooters & Style is a very different magazine from Scootering and Classic Scooter Scene. It’s got more of an ‘artsy’ vibe about it, and the superior paper stock and layout really make the high-quality photography come alive.

To conclude (nearly) I’d highly recommend this stylish mag. It’ll make a great addition to your reading list. It might even help you learn french. Find out more on their website here, and check out how to order your copy now.

I’ll end this post with an apology (I was going to start it with one, but it didn’t seem to hit the right note) Sorry, it’s been a long time in the writing. Thank you for bearing with me Laurent! Now I’m off to look up Magnat-Debon, AGF and Scootavia scooters…

Scooters & Style Magazine

Emme Lou’s Lambretta Imagery

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 17.29.06I came across Emma’s photography on Flickr, and had to feature it on the blog! A freelance photographer, based in Birmingham,  she has had a passion for bikes and scooters since she was a young girl…  even burning her leg on the exhaust of her dad’s Honda CB250N Superdream as girl didn’t put her off! Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 17.27.17  I’m sure you’ll agree from the stunning images here, that Emma has a great ‘eye’ and really captures the essence of the machines she shoots. Of course having some fantastic scoots to shoot doesn’t hurt 🙂Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 17.25.50Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 17.26.20Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 17.26.39Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 17.26.50Over the last few years Emma’s photography career has started to take off, and she has recently acquired a contract with a scooter restoration specialist… so hopefully you’ll be seeing a lot more of her work soon… there’s talk of a range of products for the Lambretta market, and I’ll feature what I can on the blog.Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 17.23.51Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 17.24.17Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 17.25.20

Emma’s scooter photography is just the tip of the iceberg, she’s happy to photograph almost anything, if you’ve got a project for her, get in touch through her Flickr account, here, where you’ll find more Lambretta imagery and get a flavour of her other work.

As usual with these things, please respect the copyright of the work,  and don’t use any of the imagery without asking. © All rights reserved, Emme-Lou.




IOM S-Type

S-Type Detail

Just another S-Type pic I stumbled upon on the web somewhere. I’ve done an image search, but I can’t find anything more about this scoot, but just from the little details you can pick out you know it’s a stunner. The trimmed headlight peak, the balloon grips,  the candy striped leg shield trim… all hint to a cracker of a scoot. If it’s yours… I’d love to feature it on the blog.