Sad news today as we learned that the legendary Arthur Francis has passed away. There can’t be many in the world of scooters that do not know his name, the former scooter shop proprietor having his initials painted on the panels of classic Lambrettas the world over. Starting out riding motorcycles, it was a Lambretta … Continue reading Arthur Francis – RIP
The early 1960s were a time for Lambretta endurance records, a timed ride from London to Milan being recorded in 1960 and again in 1965. Then, in 1967, Arthur Francis Ltd of Watford decided that they would have a go at breaking the record too. And in true Arthur Francis style, they didn't just break … Continue reading London to Milan Lambretta Record
The second recorded London to Milan Lambretta ride took place in 1965, starting at the RAC Club in London's Pall Mall. Ian Speller and Bob Webb took turns to ride a Lambretta TV200 and managed the trip in 19 hours 35 minutes, clocked upon their arrival at the Innocenti offices in Milan. This gave them … Continue reading London to Milan Lambretta ride, 1965
It's a ride that's often discussed in pubs and bars around the UK, taking your Lambretta scooter back to its birth place in Italy. Many have done it over the years, and we discovered some history of a mid-60s record-breaking Lambretta here on Scooternova previously. But the first to be awarded an acknowledged record for … Continue reading London to Milan by Lambretta
Don't you just love it when a plan comes together? No, this is not a story about the A-Team, but the further history of a rather famous Lambretta S-Type from Arthur Francis Scooters Ltd in Watford, Herts. The scooter pictured on the front cover of Practical Scooter & Moped in March 1967 has a fair … Continue reading Lambretta AF S-Type TJH 25D – the history continues!
As we've posted previously, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Arthur Francis (aka AF) S-type dealer special Lambretta scooters. As a result of said posts published on Scooternova, Chris Wylde contacted us to tell us a little about the original 250cc S-type he bought back in 1967; a certain TJH 25D. For those with … Continue reading Arthur Francis S-Type 250 – from Watford to Milan and Glagow!