70s TV advert – the ubiquitous Vespa PX

Back in 1977, Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio launched not just a new Vespa scooter but a new range of Vespas. I'm sure they didn't realise back then that they'd still be manufacturing a PX in 2015, but they are, and this Italian television advert shows the first models in the range from 1977... Vespa P-range … Continue reading 70s TV advert – the ubiquitous Vespa PX

170hp Vespa? Pure Madness!!

Fancy something different? This is Vespa P-range scooter had had a 1000cc engine stuffed into it and now puts out a whopping 170hp! We found this over at the Scooter Center website, where you can find out more details. If you can't wait to click, then the basics are that the engine and forks are … Continue reading 170hp Vespa? Pure Madness!!

The 10th Giro dei Tre Mari – classic scootering in southern Italy

This year saw the 10th Tre Mari 'race' organised in the south of Italy by the Vespa Club of Bari, a four-day riding event covering nearly 1000 kilometres in which only geared scooters are allowed to enter. Setting off from Bari in glorious sunshine last week, we had torrential rain and horrendous road conditions in … Continue reading The 10th Giro dei Tre Mari – classic scootering in southern Italy

NOS Power – a Vespa from Down Under to lust over!

SS Scooter Engineering of Sydney Australia are the people behind this latest piece of scooter art that we've recently discovered on the world-wide web. Sandy is the owner and head mechanic at  S.S. Scooter Engineering and he has spent two years planning and building the smart Vespa Street Racer you see here. Amongst the features … Continue reading NOS Power – a Vespa from Down Under to lust over!

Dyno Day at Morecambe Scooter Rally

If you're going to VFM's pre-season scooter rally at Morecambe over the weekend of 21-23 March 2014, then you may fancy a short ride down to PM Tuning on the Saturday where the folk there will be holding an open day. For £10 you'll get three runs on their dyno with prizes offered for the … Continue reading Dyno Day at Morecambe Scooter Rally

The liquid-cooled Vespa GS that never happened

Paolo Martin is an Italian car designer who has also dabbled with two wheelers as well over the years. Amongst others, he's known for his work with names such as Bertone and Pininfarina during the 1960s, De Tomaso, Ghia in the 1970s, designing and styling cars for brands like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Fiat. He's … Continue reading The liquid-cooled Vespa GS that never happened

Hippy Chic – Vespa SS180 from Eddy Grimstead

East London Lambretta and Vespa dealer Eddy Grimstead was one of the best when it came to marketing scooters. Early on in the 1960s he produced his Lambretta Imperial dealer special, but it was probably the 'Grimstead Hurricane' Vespa that became based on the SS180 when that was launched in 1965, which was the most … Continue reading Hippy Chic – Vespa SS180 from Eddy Grimstead