Long term followers might remember the video I posted a while back from the Lebowski Scooter Gang, out of Vallecamonica, Italy… about their run to the castle in Camuno. At the time, the quality of the video blew me away, I think it was genuinely the best club video I’d seen. Well, the bar has raised, with many fine videos posted… the ones by Woodsy for example (check this one out).
But the guys (and girls) from Vallecomonica have done it again, taking 70’s cop shows, (Starsky & Hutch etc.) as their inspiration this time! Superb!
There is more to come, so stay tuned. Find out more about the run on their site; here.
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!
Lightweight, and factually incorrect (90mph from a 90SS – really? 90kph surely! – and it’s 90SS, not SS90…) piece on the now defunct Men & Motors Freesat channel. Francesca Robinson takes 4 classic scooters for a test drive, and sorry to mislead you in the title but it isn’t a straight shootout between the Vespas and the Lammies… but a cursory run through of each model. Some nice scoots, especially the SX “commonly known in the scooter world as Sex Appleal”, er, no, that was just an averting slogan. Despite all my carping on, I’ve seen worse, and although you won’t learn anything new, it’s worth a watch.
The perfect way to kick off the New Year, A nice video by Nuvolari Legend… Ok, it’s in Italian, but I always find Italian is one of those languages you can get the ‘jist’ of just by listening… and the visuals make up for it. I do wish they’s shot it in landscape though!
It may not be as newsworthy as an Electric Lambretta, or as entertaining as some of Woodsy’s videos… sometimes the boring mechanical stuff needs doing. These nicely put together videos shows you all the steps in getting your carburettor off your scoot, stripped, cleansed and reassembled. You could use Sticky’s manual, and I’d recommend having it on hand while your doing it, but if you are new to the job, watching a couple of 8 minute videos could be real lifesavers.
Although aimed at Series 3 owners, the basics are the same for all Lambretta models, (certainly from the Series 1’s onwards) so even if you have an older scoot, they are worth a watch.
The videos have been put together by Jeff Allen who mainly does “how-too’s on how to do shit” and does it very well… nicely shot and easy to follow.
UPDATE: Regualr reader Corey makes some good points in the comments, check ’em out by clicking the little speech bubble.
After yesterdays contreversial post, which is splitting the scootering, blog reading nation even as I type (The internet is in meltdown, literally nine people have voted). I thought I’d post something nice, safe, and uncontroversial. So, Hot on the heels of this German NSU video… here’s a nice American chap, who owns and rides a Lambretta. A German one.
Brooklynbretta used to be the place to take your vintage scoot for repairs in NYC. Sadly, it’s gone now, closing it’s doors in 2009. But what remains is pretty cool; this fun vid of a scooter chase through the streets of NYC. The resolutions not great, but the content is.
In June next year, The Manchester Lyons Scooter Club will be 60 years old. Woodsy, who’s work I have featured on here before, has had exclusive access to period footage to make in to a Diamond Anniversary movie to be shown at our 60th do in June. And here’s the trailer. Brilliant stuff, as you’d expect from Woodsy.
So, June 2014… That’s one for the next years diary… get on your scooter and get up to Manchester. Follow The Lyons on Twitter for more details @LyonsSC