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SIP Vespa Road Trip - Amalfi 2016

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Back from their annual road trip on eleven vintage vespas, this year the SIP guys cruised Southern Italy's stunning Amalfi coastline..

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Read Christian Seidl's report on the SIP community blog here their Flickr album here as well as their vid below..

Auto repairs

Frank & Jake's

Been waiting to get this shot for a while now, passing this garage on the ride home from work each evening...

Although located in Hertfordshire, England, this scene always reminds me of an auto repair shop somewhere in the United States, Not that I've ever been Stateside, I guess it could be a scene in any number of films - the steel town in Deer Hunter, American Gangster etc etc...


Emma-Rosa Dias - The Devil

A lot of the music I do like and I saw Mr Weller at Brixton Academy when he was touring the Stanley Road album but Mod has never been 'my bag' per se. However, I can admire anything that has been beautifully crafted, as has this film by Emma-Rosa Dias, narrated by Paul Weller.

Emma-Rosa Dias -


Smoke & Mirrors

Nicely done from Two Stroke Films..

Two Stroke Films - FB Page

Going going.. nearly gone

RETROSPECTIVE SCOOTERS book (Vol. 2) - nearly here

I have about 12 copies left of my Retrospective Scooters book (2nd edition) at the last count. There are no plans to do a second print run or another book currently - so if you'd like one of the few remaining copies, better get in quick.

Retrospective Scooters (2nd edition) available to order online - here

Majestic Mayfair

Majestic Mayfair

London - 20.9.16




Douglas Vespa spotted in central London - 20.9.16


Veteran Vespa Club 3-Gear Day


It had been a while since I'd gone on a Veteran Vespa Club rally Swanage in 2014 being the last..

Planned as a single day event, the 3-Gear Day was to be held on Sunday 21st August at the home of the Southern Counties Historic Vehicles Preservation Trust in Copthorne, Surrey. This was primarily for owners of 3-geared vespas, as these old machines rarely get an outing at rallies. However, riders of later 4-geared models were also welcome but would not be admissible for the concours competition.

For those travelling from further afield the VVC had hired the venue from the Friday afternoon, allowing folk to explore the local, leafy Surrey/Sussex surrounds before Sunday's rally. Most of those attending came with their vespas in tow on trailers and camper vans but I was pleased to see one hardy member had ridden from Aberystwyth on Wales' west coast on his PX, arriving early Saturday evening, having left early doors that morning. Another member & friend had ridden his 3-geared vintage vespa from his home near Harlow in Essex; certainly no mean feat on a 1950s vespa and was lashed with wind and rain for his efforts coming over Tower Bridge as he traversed London north to south. Not that I'm castigating those who didn't ride; many members are getting on a bit to be fair as are their scooters, for others shortage of time is a factor. Having said that, the ride there and back can often be more eventful than the event itself and is always pleasing to see participants turning up having ridden there. That satisfaction of riding; being regaled and regaling others with the journey and challenges surmounted is always good value - or should I say laughing at others' misfortune and the sense of relief it didn't happen to you on your ride there!

I was working on Saturday and set off from Hatch End in Middlesex (northwest fringe of London) around 6.30pm. The skies were pretty grey, predictably so you could say but we were blessed with a consistently sunny and warm August here in the UK, the best in fact for a few years. Naturally I had opted not to don my waterproof trousers and by the time I reached Northolt and stopped/taken cover for fuel had been deservedly soaked! I figured I would soon dry out as I joined the A40 London bound. I cut through the city via Shepherds Bush and Earls Court before crossing the Thames over Battersea Bridge, continuing on through Clapham and Tooting before exiting through Sutton. Riding in London on an old vespa is always challenging; anticipating errant car manoeuvres and oblivious pedestrians with no brakes to speak of, but is also one of life's pleasures and is a great way to see this incredibly diverse city. Carrying on through Reigate in Surrey I arrived in Horley (a couple of miles from Copthorne) at dusk, around 9pm. These last two miles took me 45 minutes to complete, as I became disorientated in the blackness. Shunning SatNav, I like to opt for my A5 map book or printed A4 sheets printed from Streetmap in this case. Frequently stopping under street lights, petrol station forecourts to check said maps did admittedly get a tad tiresome but why make life easier for yourself?!

Arriving at the venue just before ten, I pitched my 2-man tent with the help of the torch on my phone - Hooray for modern technology! There were two pubs within 5 minutes walk and where other VVC members would most likely be. I of course chose to walk to the pub that everyone had ignored in favour of the other drinking establishment! Not that it mattered, I was pretty tired by then and not at my most conversational. I settled down on their comfy sofa with a paper, couple of pints of Guinness and crisps as they had stopped serving food by then - of course.


I returned to my tent around midnight followed by a somewhat disturbed and fitful night's sleep, as I soon realised the field we were camping in was under the approach path to Gatwick airport! As I'd barely slept and was awake anyway I got up around 5.30am with coffee on my mind. I investigated the lightening field and photographed some of the vespas that had camped out with their owners and others that had been stashed in the VVC's marquee tent overnight. After an hour or so and when it was just about acceptable to fire up the scooter's engine, I headed out to a petrol garage for a much needed coffee fix and Danish.



Upon returning to the site around eight, it was looking more lively with people up and about and the organisers laying out the course for the day's later planned gymkhana. I spent some time catching up with various members I'd not seen in a while, as well as taking photos with my film camera. Noteworthy vespas were a lovely cream Douglas 'Continental' (Piaggio equivalent VL3T) and Douglas 'Clubman' (Piaggio equivalent VB1T), as well as a few mostly original Douglas Rod Models and G model, plus Allstate and Hoffmann 3-gear vespa examples.



Later on, most attending left for the lunchtime rideout to Horsted Keynes station, part of the Bluebell Steam Railway this was reached mainly via country lanes and small villages. Once there, we stopped for an hour and helped ourselves to the included packed lunch, collected from the old station's period platform cafe, before getting a close-up look at the passenger steam train that had pulled in.


While there, I also took the opportunity to shoot a very nice original Rod Model away from the assembled scooters, belonging to the guy mentioned earlier from Essex, he also owns the American Vespa Allstate that was present.



When the hour was up, we gently wound our way back in convoy to the event site for the 1950s style gymkhana, concours judging and awards, which finished the day off and provided a few more photo opportunities.



Things were wrapped up around 4pm. Having already packed away my tent, I loaded up, bade my farewells and set off, arriving home in West Hertfordshire around 8pm, stopping off once and being on the receiving end of another thorough wetting fifteen minutes from the end of my return ride - ah well !

These old-school events may not be high on octane and to everyone's tastes but I still like them. They are great for seeing up close and personal some beautiful old, rare vespas in relaxed, scenic surroundings. It can all get a bit samey at times but then so do a lot of regular events. You have to admire the club's passion for keeping these old gems on the roads and their love of vespa oldtimers.

Thanks to the 3-Gear Day organisers and the Veteran Vespa Club ; )


Rally report and all photos © Paul Hart (vespamore photography)

Full set of my 35mm film photos - here

Life is better on a Rally

#sipscootershop #vespa #lifeisbetteronarally New Vespa Gear:

Like this new t-shirt from SIP Scootershop, might have to get one of these - available to buy here


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London's Design Museum will shortly re-open its doors at the former Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High Street, having moved from its long standing former site in Shad Thames. After being selected in 2008, the 1960s Grade II listed building has been re-imagined by architect John Pawson - more here

In the much smaller surrounds of Shad Thames, the pictured Douglas 'Clubman' Vespa (VB1T), donated to the museum by a former Veteran Vespa Club member, could occasionally be seen among the Transport exhibits. Hopefully in the re-modelled larger premises, one hopes this lovely Vespa will be on permanent exhibition.

The Design Museum is due to open again on 24th November 2016 - I for one will be putting it at the top of my museum visits list in London.


Sex on Fire !!


Here are the 35mm film shots I took last week of this beautiful Laverda Jota, see previous post here

From time to time I look in on a car repair workshop located near me in West Hertfordshire. A few weeks back I called by to see if they had anything of interest - they often have in American classic autos (Plymouth Duster, Ford Fury, Chrysler Newport etc..), as well as the bread & butter modern autos they mainly service. On this occasion they had in this stunning Jota which belongs to the garage owner's mate. I took a few iPhone shots intending to return and get some on 35mm film at a later date.

I last saw a Jota at the Ace Cafe a few years back and asked the owner if we could set up a date for me to shoot it on film. I didn't hear back from him; fair enough, not everyone wants you photographing their bikes, cars etc. It's been a long wait but worth it.

Am not in the habit of using 'sexy' as a superlative but in this case it aptly describes this amazing machine.

'Red Morning Light' would be my favoured Kings of Leon track but in this case 'Sex on Fire' is spot on..!


See my classic motorcycles album here all shot on 35mm film


VVC 3-Gear Event

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iPhone shot taken at yesterday's Veteran Vespa Club 3-Gear Event  for vespas with three gears.

1952 Douglas Rod Model, Allstate, Faro Basso, Douglas G Model.

35mm film shots to follow soon..


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