vespamore photography (pronounced "vespa-mor-ay" combining the words vespa and amore, the Italian word for love, "vespalove" by definition)
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RETROSPECTIVE CYCLES book, photography by Paul Hart, available to order via link - here

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Not yet seen this but going by Motorliebe's website & FB page their latest Vespa Tour book offering looks like a real treat and is definitely going on my Xmas wish list...! 

This is the third book by the scooter touring, mad for adventure, German 'Vespanauts' - I seriously wish I had their job. The UK book follows on from their Vespa tours of the United States and Iceland...

"On the Vespa through England, Scotland and the Isle of Man describes the third Vespa trip of the Motorliebe-Collective. 

In 2014 after the guys explored the United States with their Vespa PX 200s for eight weeks, travelling 9,500 kilometers from Los Angeles to New York City, they made a round trip of Iceland in 2015.

Now comes the third tour, presented with sumptuous photos and accompanying texts, beginning in the north of Scotland and ending at England's southernmost tip, via the Isle of Man.

Encompassing 192 pages with 150 pictures, the book shows off the beauty of Brexit-Country, with curious encounters along the way and illustrates how varied the UK is. A classic coffee-table which needs to be opened and read."

Priced at 23,27 € you can order your copy of 'Auf der Vespa durch England' in the Motorliebe online shop here and while there, check out their other two book titles here

Scooter Life

Scooter Life

Scooter Life
Martin Luscombe aboard his fabulous custom built scooter.

Photograph: Brian Slade © 

Loving this shot by Brian Slade - looks straight from the pages of a magazine... thanks for sharing Brian ; )

Ricordi di una Vespa color panna (CORTOMETRAGGIO 2017)

NUTS Brighton Mod Weekender 2017

Some excellent photography here.. all shots taken at this year's New Untouchables Brighton Mod weekender by classic Lambretta fan, Mike Jakes..

The scooter shots are great but I love these atmospheric shots too; I think the upper image with the vinyl is my favourite from the whole album..

Seeing Mike's great camera work makes me think I really should visit Brighton next year for the NUTS event with my film camera; something I've not done to date.. the closest I got being when I went on the LCGB's South Downs run back in 2011 here

Check out the full set of photos Mike took over the August Bank Holiday weekend here

Mike - thanks very much for sharing and letting me do this feature ; )


Under the bridge

Under the bridge

Riding home tonight passing under this bridge below the A41, the light on the textured concrete wall looked like a decent photo opportunity...

I photographed a very nice Moto Morini 350cc under this bridge on film a few years ago - album here


Vyatka (Вятка) - restored by Retrospective Scooters & The London Scooter Bodyshop


Not an everyday scooter this.. and nice to see one up close. The only other Vyatka VP-150 I've seen belongs to Russian friend Stas, who brought his over to London World Vespa Days in 2012 from his home in St Petersburg..


Back in the 1950s the story goes that a Piaggio Vespa GS150 VS1 was procured by the Vyatskie Polyany Machine Building Plant. It was stripped down and meticulously examined before the company eventually came up with their own version which became the Vyatka or Вятка. Piaggio attempted to enforce their copyrights and patents at the time but to no avail, with their protestations falling on deaf ears and the Russians claiming theirs was an 'original' design...


The above example still has its original engine; similar to Piaggio's wide mount engines but in the absence of Vyatka parts has had a Piaggio crank and piston added. Other retained components include the engine casings, gearbox, barrel, kickstart and internal kickstart mechanism, while a Dellorto carburettor has been added with vespatronic 12V ignition. The rear rack is not original and was commissioned by the owner, as was the seat which is a tad over padded (again at owner's request); a shame as it does detract somewhat from the overall look..

Retrospective have worked their usual magic in getting the scooter mechanically A1 and Dave Maher of The London Scooter Bodyshop, has finished it off perfectly with his renown painting skills. There are some interesting details on the Vyatka which differ to a GS - these can be seen in the full album of film shots I took here


Russian Vyatka (Вятка) scooter restored and painted by Retrospective Scooters and The London Scooter Bodyshop.           

Photographed mid-September 2017 with my Olympus OM-2N on 35mm Fuji Superia film



Front view of this lovely Motovespa & sidecar combo taken by keko click in Guadalajara, España

See previous post here




Great shot taken by keko click in Guadalajara, España - you don't often see many good vespa/sidecar photographs..

Thanks for sharing ; )


Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor - 1954



While collecting my scoot this morning from Retrospective Scooters I used up the last frames of my current film on this Russian Vyatka.

More to follow on this shortly...

Vespa upgrades

Finally back on the road proper today - got back from holiday a couple of weeks ago and then dropped scoot into Retrospective Scooters for a service and once over. This turned into a slightly larger than expected project as the barrel and piston were badly worn with black scorch marks on the piston; a re-bored top end was required along with grippier tyres for the upcoming wet weather and a much needed new exhaust, as my 4-year + SIP Road pipe had already been patched up, after friend Warren had welded it back together for me.

Now fitted with an upgraded SIP Road 2.0 - an excellent pipe as I know from experience, nicely made and a great fit onto the barrel according to the Retrospective guys. I also treated the scoot to a new SIP Performance front shock absorber, which makes a big difference to the ride quality. More details on front shock on SIP website here and front spring here


Veteran Vespa Club - Milton Keynes riding event


I briefly called in to the VVC's Milton Keynes riding weekend event on Sunday morning. I wasn't taking part properly as my scoot is currently laid up getting a service, so called by on four wheels instead of two.

I was also there to get a few photos of a GS that I'll be featuring in the VVC JOURNAL soon..

You can view the handful of film shots I took on my Olympus OM-2N camera here


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