vespamore photography (pronounced "vespa-mor-ay" combining the words vespa and amore, the Italian word for love, "vespalove" by definition)
- 35mm film photography by Paul Hart, gallery - here As well as featuring my own work, this blog also features work by other photographers and anything else creative that has caught my attention or inspired me. I am also current editor of the Veteran Vespa Club quarterly JOURNAL for club members.

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RETROSPECTIVE CYCLES book, photography by Paul Hart, available to order via link - here

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∙ Vespa 125 Primavera in Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
∙ Fujica st905n + Fujinon 55mm
∙ Lomography 100

Nice film shot taken by Leandro Leanza who recounts...

"Almost everyone in Palermo knows this beautifil first series Primavera, it belongs to a florist who works there in Piazza Indipendenza, Everyone loves it; it's a only a 125 Primavera and not the later ET3 version."

The ET3 was much more popular I believe I'm right in saying but nice to see some love for its less powerful forerunner, this one looks to be a lovely example.

See Leandro's Vespa - Sig. PX blog here

SIP - After work Aperitivo

If you happen to be located near SIP Scootershop's HQ in Landsberg, Bavaria, they are hosting an after-work aperitivo from 5-8pm tonight at their new Siperia bar, cafe..

Event details  - here

New posters from Maskes

One of the new posters from Maskes Vespa Klassiekers now available in their webshop via link here

Allstate in Kent

I was contacted the other day by Elsie in Kent, England who sent me these pics of this lovely Allstate Vespa, originally from the United States. 

Produced in 1959, I'd hazard a guess at this being a VNA 125. Elsie goes on to say it is all original except for the Indian speedo; the speedo being an optional extra from Sears, it even still has the Allstate tyres.

Other than the above I don't know too much else, I'm hoping the owner may be able to give me a bit more info and additional images of this great example..

If you have something interesting like the above and are happy for me to share it on here, please get in touch via email -

Monkey Bike

One of the things I like about riding a vespa is you often get to see interesting stuff while sat astride the seat and also bump into other folk who have a liking for 'Italian shopping bikes' and other such transport. 

Riding home last night I passed this guy pushing his monkey bike along the pavement; I circled around and asked if I could take a foto. Turns out the unfortunate Thierry had broken down and was walking his ride back home. Thierry told me the monkey bike was actually a Chinese copy and he also owns a Vespa Cosa. Thierry originally hails from Corsica - given the cooler, wet weather we're currently having I know where I'd rather be given the choice..

Like I say, funny who you run into, vespa ownership seems to often throw up these opportunities. 

Thierry - thanks for letting me photograph your bike and hope you got home okay ; )


Turisti in Vespa a Trastevere

Nice shot of Rome guided vespa tour captured by Mario Bodo in Roma's Trastevere district.

Mario - grazie for sharing ; )

More of Mario's photography here

Vespa Owners Garage

Some nice shots re-blogged from Vespa Owners Garage

English summertime

Got a reasonable soaking on ride home from work last night and tonight is looking odds on the same.

Out of Europe in more ways than one and now a 'traditional' English summer to look forward to... roll on some decent, sunny weather...!


1981 original paint Vespa ET3 Primavera

Another absolute gem sourced by VE8PA.CH this time an all-original ET3 Primavera from 1981 in its blu marine paint having only covered 1188km..!!

Roman from VE8PA.CH must have the best contacts in the business to continually unearth these rare, hardly used examples! Oliver Lacroix has once again taken care of the photography, presenting us with a beautiful, outstanding array of images, see the full set here

Oliver Lacroix FB page here



Nice shot of this original Rally 200 by Charlie Rinaldi

More of Charlie's photography here


Full Restoration of 1964 Vespa VNB 125

It is pretty shocking how much a fully restored classic vespa will set you back these days..

Long gone are the days when you could pick up project scoots at Imola's market for a few hundred pounds. These days vespas beyond conserving and in need of restoring are selling for £2000 in some cases. 

Add to that the costs of stripping, welding, panel beating, blasting, filling, prepping, painting and putting it all back together again with new parts, if required and finally the dealer's percentage to cover his staff's wages, rent and so on and it's not all that surprising that the selling price is now £5500..

Check out this excellent vid by Barnaby Newton which shows what really goes into a proper, thorough vespa resto these days.

Ritorno a due ruote

Ritorno a due ruote

Back on two wheels again today after collecting scoot from Retrospective Scooters this morning - yeh!!

Have had long standing problems with my rear hub, which are hopefully resolved now that Retrospective have replaced the driveshaft as the splines were badly worn on the previous one. Also had a new oil seal fitted; was experiencing a terrible flat-spot which I thought was the carb but a new seal was required after air was getting into the engine. 

Cheers Retrospective ; )

Vespa 90

Vespa 90

Vespa 90

Vespa 90

Vespa 90

Vespa 90

Vespa 90

Vespa 90

Lovely Vespa 90, seen today at Retrospective Scooters in for some engine work. Still all original and in great condition - fotos taken on iPhone 5s

Progetto Europa...

Cortina '63

Wow, that was a shocker - waking up this morning to find the UK had voted to leave Europe; I thought the 'Remain' campaign would just edge it..

I was for staying personally, in part influenced by the togetherness and inclusivity, as well as the many European friends and acquaintances I've made since I first got on a vespa back in 2011.

Whatever's next for UK and Europe I hope we can maintain a strong bond and relationship with the continent - live and let live as they say.



Like this shot taken by Robert Lawson in Napoli last June; he was actually after the cinquecento for his shot, before the guy on the Vespa PX pulled up into the frame. The red of the vespa ties in nicely I think with the red bill posters; enhancing the final result while the vespa complements the Fiat 500 too in my opinion..

Robert, thanks for sharing - appreciated ; )

Check out Robert on Pinterest  - here

Vespa 50L

Vespa 50L

Love this Vespa 50L, seen today at Retrospective Scooters in for some maintenance. She's mainly still wearing her metallic blue original paint, except for the legshields which were re-painted to match, following minor crash damage a few years ago.

Vespa PX125

Vespa PX125

Liking this film shot a lot - taken by Nicholas Triantafyllou in London with his Rolleiflex T on TMAX100 HC110 DiIB

Thanks for sharing Nicholas - obliged ; )


Motovespa GT160

I was recently contacted by a guy who has just acquired a Spanish Motovespa GT160 like my vespa, from Totally Scooters in Cumbria.

Above is the for sale shot of the scoot from Totally Scooters' site. Hopefully will get some more pics soon of this remarkably straight example. I'm told it is in original condition; from this image it looks barely used in the intervening 45 or so years! The colour appears a bit more towards yellow or ochre than mine, although that may just be the way it has come out in the photo.

The new owner has only had Lambrettas up until now, this looks like a great start to his relationship with vespas..


Spanish period vespa giro film

Still of an amazing Spanish vespa giro film, just spotted on Scooterlounge's blog, check this out here on FB...


Scooteristen magazine - in tutto il mondo

Scooteristen is the membership magazine of SSK or Svenska Scooterklubben. After me getting in touch via Instagram recently, editor Micke Nilsson kindly sent me a copy which arrived at home yesterday as you can see !

I'll be returning the favour by sending back a copy of my book by way of thanks. It's great Scootering is so widespread and global as Piaggio's late '50s advertisement behind me says - I'm always interested in seeing what other classic scoot fans are doing and Scooteristen magazine is a good example, with Swedish clubs reporting on their national scene as well as articles from outside the country. It's nicely put together with some decent photography which definitely does it for me. Being big into original paint scoots, I particularly like the original VBA1T below featured in the latest issue..

foto credit: @drg180 on instagram

Thanks or tack så mycket to Micke for the mag copy, much obliged ; )

Svenska Scooterklubben website -

Svenska Scooterklubben FB page -


'76 Vespa GTR

I love the VE8PA.CH blog Roman it's author, like me obsesses over original paint vespas and actively seeks out stunning examples of such, like this 1976 GTR which has only completed 4390km since it left Piaggio's factory..!!

The photography by Oliver Lacroix is beautifully taken and observed; these images kind of remind me of the sort seen in the Vespa Tecnica books but better..

I've picked out the fotos I liked best; you can view the full set here as well as Roman's other amazing vespa finds.


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