If you’re the proud owner of a Vespa, Lambretta or scooter tattoo, or even a scooter club logo – we want to showcase it here on our blog. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post it right here! Don’t worry about the size of the photo – we’ll edit that here for you. And you can remain anonymous if you wish - thanks!
Here's one of our favourites (OK, so it's not a scooter, but you get the general idea!)
Check out our photos from the 'secret rally' at Rhyl on Friday night.
Betta Getta Vespa for the Olympics!
It's been an amusing week for Vespa.org.uk on Twitter. A bit like buses, you get nothing out of Twitter for ages and then all the interesting stuff all happens at once. We sent a cheeky little tweet to Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert) who was having a bad day waiting for the RAC after his scoot decided to pack up. Anyway, not to bore you with detail, Martin, here's the perfect replacement for that Yamaha - again, sent to us via Twitter this week. We're thrilled that the Queen and her corgi have finally seen sense. Enjoy!
Creative FX helps Bar Italia Scooter Club Celebrate 10 years
Vehicle wrapping and signage specialist, Creative FX, is helping Bar Italia Scooter Club celebrate its tenth anniversary by producing banners and marketing material for its rideout events taking place in and around London throughout 2012.
Founded in 2002 by Al Richmond, London’s premier classic scooter club, Bar Italia is celebrating a decade of existence and is arranging a series of events and rideouts to mark the occasion. “2012 is going to be a fantastic year, with lots of public interest in London life,” says Nick Robins, who runs Bar Italia Scooter Club. “Our continued programme of scooter rides and events will move things up a notch to celebrate not only our anniversary, but also the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“It’s a great opportunity to not only recognise ten official years of the club, but to acknowledge the British culture it is founded on,” Robins continues. The club’s history dates back to the late 50s/early 60s when young ‘mods’ started meeting regularly at Soho coffee shop, Bar Italia, which the scooter club is named after and where it continues to meet today.
Bromley-based signage specialists and scooter enthusiasts, Creative FX are designing and printing banners to promote the events, and are also responsible for giving a lot of the iconic vehicles a personal touch. “We have a real passion for scooter panel wraps,” explains Creative FX Director, Sean Davis. “Not only do they look great, they also protect the panels from stone chips and minor abrasions, keeping the classic scooters just that - classic.”
The first event took place on Saturday 24 March and was arranged with the well-established ‘Kickstart Rideout’ to mark the official scootering season. Attended by approximately 400 riders from across London and the South East, including a number of Creative FX clients and staff, the ride began at the London Eye before attendees travelled en masse across London to the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
A new ITV1 production this Autumn will be featuring 2 of our northwest lambrettas, filmed today in Manchester. Vespa.org.uk contacted Bryn and Loz from North Wales clubs to loan their lammies for the day - for a production staring actress Sheridan Smith in ITV's period drama 'Mrs Biggs' - the long suffering wife of the infamous train robber Ronnie Biggs. A big thank you to both for helping out, and we'll be looking out for your scoots on the telly in the Autumn!
The Method are releasing a new 7" vinyl single on 6th March in collaboration with London Mod clothing label Art Gallery, who've designed some clothes in the band's honour. It's called Art Gallery, b/w The Gatekeeper and I. Both tracks are thumping, garage rockers reminiscent of The Greenhornes or Blue Van, with a hint of the less introspective, navel-gazing stuff off The Coral's first album. We like it, but why don't you have a listen for yourselves.
There'll be a single launch party at Cardiff Gwdihw Cafe bar on the 10th of Feb, where not only will the band be playing, but there's also DJ sets from Alex (Art Gallery) and Lewis (Little Barrie). Then, on the 11th the band will play a small acoustic set at Mojo King in Wellfield Road, Roath, where all sale clothing (Fred Perry, Gabicci, Art Gallery, Merc, Ben Sherman etc) will be half price.
It must be that time of year. The latest band to contact us is The Civilians, a four piece Mod/Ska tribute act, specialising in Mod/Ska/Two Tone material but can also play a wide range of other material to suit your needs, depending on the event or venue.
We've been contacted by James Woodward of The Suits, a Birmingham-based covers band who'd like to bring themselves to your attention. They say:
"The Suits are a super talented, modern & versatile covers band based in the West Midlands area. Between them they have clocked up over 40 years of gigging experience, covering a wide variety of artists ranging from the Beatles to Gnarls Barkley, Elvis to Oasis and everything else in between."
We have been contacted by Julian Urrutia in France, with the following message:
"Hi, I have a 1950s Citroen ice cream van, and I'm coming back to the UK to work the festival and classic vehicle events circuit from the end of March until Sept/Oct 2012. I'd love to come along and be present at your rallies and meets, and I can cover most of the UK no problem. I sell Italian soft ice cream, French crêpes and espresso coffee, and I can also do fresh hot donuts.
If you think you'd like me to come along please contact me at email@example.com
I'll be registered with Monmouth County Council and I'll have all the Health & Safety certificates
and traders insurances etc."