RIP Roberto Colaninno – head of Piaggio & Vespa

Mantua, 19 August 2023 – Omniaholding S.p.A. announced the death last night of Cavaliere del Lavoro Roberto Colaninno, Chair of the Immsi S.p.A. (IMS.MI), Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Piaggio & C. S.p.A. (PIA.MI). Chairman and CEO of  the Piaggio Group, Roberto Colaninno has passed away aged 80. It was announced at the … Continue reading RIP Roberto Colaninno – head of Piaggio & Vespa

RIP Rahul Bajaj, father of the Chetak scooter

Industrialist and former chairman of the Bajaj group Rahul Bajaj passed away on Saturday 12 February 2022 at his home following to illness, according to statement by the company. Rahul Bajaj, who stood down from his position of non-executive director and chairman of Bajaj Auto last year, was born in 1938 and took charge charge … Continue reading RIP Rahul Bajaj, father of the Chetak scooter

Arthur Francis – RIP

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

Gore-Tex: Inventor of waterproof fabric Robert Gore dies aged 83

If you've got some quality rider clothing that keeps you both warm and dry, then chances are if it's not Gore-Tex then is could well be a similar type of thing that has been 'inspired' by said branded material. Robert W Gore’s discovery of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) in the 1960s while working for the family … Continue reading Gore-Tex: Inventor of waterproof fabric Robert Gore dies aged 83

Paul Karslake RIP

We’re sad to announce that artist, scooterist and friend Paul Karslake has sadly passed away after battling pneumonia, according to the Southend Echo website. Privately I’d received a couple of telephone calls from concerned people who had heard rumours, and the family have recently confirmed that the rumours are sadly true.  Born in 1958 and … Continue reading Paul Karslake RIP

Goodbye Jonnie

It was a sad day yesterday as the scooter scene said goodbye to one of the most popular and influential characters within it, Jonnie Bolland. A member of the Stockport Crusaders SC, as well as the current VFM organisation, earlier in December Jonnie sadly succumbed to a long-term illness he had been suffering for a … Continue reading Goodbye Jonnie