Who knew Starsky & Hutch‘s favourite informant, Huggy Bear rode a Lambretta? I would expect it to be more ‘pimped’.
I’ve had this pic knocking around in a folder for a while, shot during the filming of Starsky & Hutch – featuring a Serveta L150 Special in full NYPD livery. I’ve got another one of Huggy Bear fixing a Lambretta somewhere, just got to dig that out…
Spotted this rarity on eBay – a Genuine 1954 Indian Papoose Brockhouse Corgi. Now, I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know anything about these scoots… but there’s a little bit of history below…
The Indian Papoose started out life in 1942 to be used during the 2nd world war known as the Wellbike, then was redesigned named Corgi under the creative ingenuity of John Dolphin, changing the engine to an Excelsior Spryt, built under licence by Brockhouse Engineering Southport Ltd.
Brockhouse was invested in the Indian company and began to re-badge the Corgi with the Indian Papoose decals along with re-painting the little folding motorcycle identifiable with the Indian Colors to market the Papoose as an Indian in the United States in 1948. Around 28,000 of the folding motorcycles where sold from 1948 to October 1954.
This is a ‘super rare’ scooter for collectors – and I’ve got to say, I’ve never seen one before! on eBay for a Classified Ad Price of £5,989.00
Thursday, August 15 – Sunday, August 18th 2019
The Lambretta Club USA have announced the Lambretta Jamboree this year will be in The Black Hills of Dakota, at Custer, South Dakota.
It’s a great area for riding – with some of the local highlights being Needles Highway, the Iron Mountain Road, the Custer wildlife loop, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Sturgis, and Deadwood.
More details, and booking information on the LCUSA site, here.
Great artwork by Adam Xyl! (Thanks Peter).
Nope, not the Donald… Peter Lundgren, President of the Lambretta Club USA. He was letting me know that they’ve re-vamped the website, adding a ton of new content.
It’s a fantastic resource for enthusiasts (not just in US) as they’ve collected and compiled numerous original Lambretta parts manuals, service manuals, owners manuals and miscellaneous original Lambretta related documents and scanned them to make them available through the site. For free.
At the moment, only a fraction of they’ve scanned is up on the site, but what is there is gold dust for Lambretta owners. Their primary focus is on machines not covered within Stickies manual, so if you have an early machine, it’s well worth checking out.
I’m happy to say I’ve got Lambrettisti from all around the globe reading, and getting in touch with the blog – This is only a hobby for me, so it really makes my day when you do. The love for the Lambretta is truly worldwide, and unites us all.
It goes without saying, if you’re in the US, joining the LCUSA is a no-brainer!
Here’s the website link: https://www.lambrettaclubusa.net
And their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/LambrettaClubUSA/
Apologies for the lack of updates, things have been a bit hectic, and the blog has taken an bit of a ‘back seat’. I’ve got a bit of a backlog of posts to get up, but in the meantime, here’s one of American actress and model Carol Wayne, in a leotard, with a Cento.
EDIT: It’s NOT Carol Wayne… apparently it’s her sister, NINA Wayne. Good spot Corey.
Happy Thanksgiving Colonials! Enjoy your pre-Christmas Turkey!
Came across this on Craigslist, a scooter I’d never heard of before… the Rex Monaco.
Aficionados of Italian scooters might spot that this is a Garelli Capri lookalike… in fact it’s a badge engineered scooter from Gabelli, sold under the Rex brand in the US. (a similar scooter was marketed as the Capri de Luxe in Italy and the Garelli Monaco in the UK).
This is a super-rare scoot – and while not as rare as this Maserati scooter – is possibly one of only 250 made – and it’s maybe the best example of the model that exists. For the $2,600 asking price you get not one, but four Rex Monacos. One complete and original, clean runner and three ‘parts’ scooters – enough to restore a second one.
When writing this blog, I often stumble across something that makes me think “I never knew that!” This is one of the biggest I never knew that’s” so far… Lambrettas were briefly made in an Innocenti factory in Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America (if you don’t know where Duluth is, it’s Mippeappolis and up a bit, on the North East side of Lake Superior).
I came across this story on the Lambretta Club USA’s Lambretta Jamboree page (the Lammy Jammy this year is in Duluth), here, where the video I’ve posted above explains “Minnesota Connection”
As part of the Lammy Jammy celebrations in Duluth, you have the chance of winning a very rare “Wintermaster S2 Prototype” (pictured below) recovered from abandoned Duluth factory. It’s currently being restored back to its former glory. More on the Wintermaster here.
So as well as being made in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, India, Pakistan and Taiwan (have I missed anywhere?) Lammbrettas were also briefly made in the USA*. I came across this info a few weeks ago, but thought it was worth waiting for this particular day before I shared it. Alert readers may have spotted the posting date already. One more thing… further research shows this project the code name “Pesce d’Aprile”.