Thursday, 29 December 2011
In the mid-sixties the oil company Caltex, later Texaco, did a publicity stunt where they supplied Tourist Pilots on Vespas in European cities. In Sweden it was Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö and Helsingborg. They were also present in UK and Greece as far as I know.
The picture above is from a card that was handed over to tourists to explain the service. The Tourist Pilot jumped on the Vespa and led the way to the requested adress.
This card should be from after 1968, since the female pilot is sitting on a Primavera.
Below is from the same card, explaining the service in five languages. And it's from Göteborg as you can see.
At the bottom is a postcard, with another Tourist Pilot, riding through Stockholm. Followed by a Volvo Amazon (121 was the model name outside Sweden). There is also a Volvo lorry in the picture.
Funny thing, the pilots overalls were light blue during the Caltex era, here the girls have the darker blue Texaco overall.
Friday, 23 December 2011
It's been a great year! Lot's of scootering both home and abroad. From February to the end of October.
Vespa World Days in Norway in May, visiting the Scooter museum outside Milan in June and the Imola fair in September to name a few events.
And I started this blog! Getting to know lot's of nice scooter people from all over the globe.
Thank's for following, commenting and making contributions.
Posting ten pics from my scootering year.
My way of saying Merry Christmas, Buon Natale and God Jul!
My way of saying Merry Christmas, Buon Natale and God Jul!
|The 18th of February, minus 22 degrees C at the start.|
|Scooter premiere, May, Stockholm.|
|Vespa World Days, Gjövik, Norway.|
|Vittorio Tessera's museum in Rodano, June.|
|Stockholm, 7th of August. Racing hard!|
|No, no progress in the Ape business. August.|
|Same helmet, Mods vs Rockers, September the 3rd, Stockholm.|
|Carello half moon fog lights, found at Imola fair, September.|
|Yeah! My Lambretta 150 D, the mean green machine! September.|
|The wreck and the TV 175 to be...|
Thursday, 22 December 2011
It's maybe too late to wish for this as a Christmas gift. But maybe you can change a boring book against this?
"Lambretta - due ruote di felicità" (two wheels of happiness) is of course written by Vittorio Tessera. The man behind Casa Lambretta and Museo Scooter & Lambretta in Rodano, outside Milan.
In the foreword he says something in the line of "Here I go, talking about Lambretta again".
Please do, signore Tessera!
Well, talking, but the real treat here is the pictures. Meraviglioso will translate into marvelous!
Okay, it starts in the 1930's and the beginning of the firm Innocenti, producing steel scaffolding for construction work. Interesting as a background, but we're all after the scooters, right?
Calm down, they start at page 52, of a total of 360 pages. Pictures of production, competitions, events, rideouts, club life, holidays, publicity stunts etc follows.
Every aspect of trying to reach happiness on two wheels are covered!
Then there are interviews with Luigi Innocenti's widow and son, factory employees and racing drivers. All in Italian at first, but in the back there is an english translation to each chapter.
But the pictures speaks an international language!
Mi piace molto!
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Rain, rain and rain mixed with snow here in Stockholm. No scootering at all for me.
While the vespistas in Argentina has rideouts, wearing t-shirts.
Recently there was a three day do in the Buenos Aires area. Raul started on his Vespa GS 150 (VS4) but suffered from a piston breakdown 30 km's from his home. His father came along on a Honda and towed Raul to his home. You can see the rope below.
At home Raul switched to his P200 and he could participate. About 200 scooterists showed up.
I don't know much about the multicoloured GS that was subject to a jump start in the last picture.
Monday, 19 December 2011
This is very hardcore, the emblems above was removed from the Parilla scooters when the Swedish Husqvarna in 1953 started transforming them into their own model.
We're talking serious badge engineering here.
Well, the Husqvarna factory equipped the scooters with their own 120 cc/4,5 hp and three speed engine.
The leaflet below brags about bigger wheels and longer wheel base.
And "An Italian beauty with speed rewarding (sic!) lines, powerful engine and extraordinary handling".
I haven't had the oppurtunity to drive one, but they do have a reputation for over-heating. The Husqvarna engine wasn't designed for fan cooling, just like the JB-engine in the ill-fated Swedish Svalan Scooter.
The Parilla emblems above belongs to a Husqvarna collector.
|"Swedish quality, italian beauty".|
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Pins from Vespa Club Wiesbaden and Vespa Club Sverige. The small wasp from the German club is actually upside down. I found a club called Vespa Club Wiesbaden 1950, since it was founded that year. Might still be running, there is a person to contact.
The pins come from a Swedish guy who used to be a Vespa Club member during the late 50's and the early 60's.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Right now it's summer in Argentina, lucky bastards!
This Vespa Primavera 1981 has not yet reached 500 km's.
Amazing! And you wonder, why did they buy it in the first place?
It was recently bought by my friend Raul in Buenos Aires. He's a keen Vespista and has other models as well. He wasn't looking for a Primavera, but the low mileage tipped him over.
Nice scoot, but would you dare use it? Adding more and more km's to the speedometer...
Raul also told me that when he was young his father had a Siambretta, the argentinian Lambretta built under license. The father always said: "I wish I someday can buy a Vespa".
Thursday, 15 December 2011
A nice item for kids who has behaved well during the year. Maybe Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) will bring to someone?
Don't think so.
This one was for sale at the fair in Padova in October.
Good condition and the asking price was € 350. I guess it is driven by a battery. Not sure if that was included in the price.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Here's a sales leaflet from the Swedish Lambretta importer Bil & Truck from Gothenburg. Originally it was an article in the Swedish motor magazine "FART med motorrevy". Yes, sorry all of you who speaks English, but "fart" means speed in Swedish. Nothing else!
The magazine did a test drive of the Lambretta TV 175 in their fourth number 1958. Issued when it still was winter. The test driver couldn't really try the top speed or brakes, due to weather conditions. He also concluded that the clutch was hard to use in minus 8 degrees C!
Funny thing, though, the Swedish name was Lambretta 175 TV Turist. As you know TV stands for Turismo Veloce, so in Sweden it was Turismo Veloce Turist...
The FART magazine's driver liked the looks of the scooter, that it was well-equipped, the acceleration and the top speed thanks to the powerful engine.
Minus points were the difficulties to change gears in cold weather (Hey, it was built in Italy!).
It was definitely a positive article so the importer Bil & Truck had the article printed and provided the leaflets for their retailers.
In the 80's Piaggio launched a competition among the Formula 1 drivers. If you were the fastest in the qualifying, you won a Vespa in the "Piaggio Vespa Pole Position Trophy".
Nelson Piquet, the three times Formula 1-champion from Brazil, was in pole position nine times, and lay his hands on nine Vespas.
In the pic here is Alain Prost, according to the comment below, thanx. He obviously won at least once.
In 1985 Piaggio presented the T5 Pole Position, 11 hp at 6 700 rpm.
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Here is a nice little book. I picked it up at the Padova fair, although it was released in 2001 by CLD libri. The authors are Vespa collector and historian Giorgio Notari and original Sei Giorni "pilota" Giuseppe Cau.
The story is about the competition Vespas from the late 40's and early 50's. Mostly it deals with the 26th Sei Giorni (Six Days) Internazionale regularity trial in 1951. This was the first time Piaggio officially participated in a competition.
Ten works Vespas participated in the 125 cc class, and they obtained nine gold medals!
Lot's of fantastic pictures from the event, pictures of the rider's clothes, helmets, tools etc.
Hrm, only in italian so if you don't speak the language, the pictures has to tell the story. And they do!
Especially the presentation of four sports Vespas. Freshly taken studio pictures shows the details of a Vespa Sport 1951, the Vespa Sport "ufficiale Piaggio" 1951 (for Sei Giorni), the Vespa Sport I serie 1952 and the Vespa Sport Serie II 1953.
The three latter could reach 95 km/h, still from 125 cc, compared to the 65 km/h for the standard models. The output increased from 4,5-5 hp to 7 hp. The body was reinforced, the front shield narrowed and the engine side cowl enlarged. The front suspension was strengthened and the fuel tank enlarged to the capacity of 11 litres. The 23 mm carburettor sat directly on the cylinder and the clutch was reinforced to name a few alterations from stock Vespas.
The picture below was taken by me when I visited the Piaggio museum in 2010. The "ufficiale Piaggo" has the number 94, that Giuseppe Cau used to have. But I can't remember if it actually is his Vespa.
|Vespa Sport "ufficiale Piaggio" sits at the museum in Pontedera.|
|The significant head lamp à la submarine...|
Thursday, 8 December 2011
My friend Janne from the north of Sweden put me on the right track regarding the Iso 150 cc scooter. He told me in a comment that "Piccolino" was the correct name for that scooter on the Swedish market, not "Milano" or "Diva".
To make his point he just sent me this pictures from the Swedish sales brochure. Below it says "Piccolino the scooter with top quality to a bottom price", or something in that way. The Iso Piccolino/Milano is often described as a clever mix between a Vespa and a Lambretta.
|Some of the accessories for the Iso Piccolino.|
Sunday, 4 December 2011
|The headlamp in it's place.|
I've been doing some scooter work as well as tending to my newly bought moped.
In order to get my Lambretta TV 175 series 1 going, I moved it to my friend Jim. He has the tools, a lathe, a weld and more, and he knows how to use them. The other day we started out with some of the electrics, it's certainly a tight fit in the headset.
Next task was to help me with the brackets for my Carello half moon fog lights. The ones bought at the Imola fair and that will end up on my Vespa 160 GS. Another friend had the crash bars, an original accessory from the 60's. Thank's, C!
Unfortunately the brackets I had bought had a inner dimension of 25 mm, and the crash bar tubes are 19 mm...
Jim made some washers on his lathe and the mounting was no problem, as you can se.
The chainguards, two of them, to my moped (motobici) Svalette was missing. With a strike of luck two spares can turn up the coming week. Fingers crossed...
|It's a tight fit with the electrics and cables.|
|Not ready for start yet...|
|The Carello fog lights mounted on the crashbar...|
|...which will be fitted to my Vespa 160 GS.|