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Scooteristen No.100

The 100th issue of Scooteristen magazine arrived in my mailbox yesterday and very nice it is too -  with the usual mix of excellent photography and features, including a stunning drag racing vespa plus lime green Lambretta Vega cover star, all printed on a nice weight, matt quality paper stock - not to mention the fabric badge, sticker (see below) and enamelled pin badge of new club logo that came with it. Scooter magazines don't come much better than Scooteristen (Svenska ScooterKlubben members magazine)!!

"Our member magazine is published four times a year and contains reports from scooter-related events in Sweden and the rest of the world. Printed in four colours and usually 24 pages thick, Scooteristen is one of Motorsveriges' most beautiful and best member magazines!"

You can register for membership to SSK (Svenska ScooterKlubben) here entitling you to the quarterly produced Scooteristen - a magazine subscription making for a great Xmas present, as mentioned in my vespamore xmas gift guide 


Xmas Scootering - gift ideas

Photo: ScooterNova magazine

Stuck for ideas on what to get the 'scooterlover' in your life...? Worry no more as below is a Santa's sack full of goodies that any discerning scooter owner or fan would want in their stocking come Xmas morning!!

First up is that trusty 'old chestnut' - the magazine subscription... top picks being the UK's bi-monthly ScooterNova magazine, penned by the erstwhile Andy Gillard - for my money 'the oracle' on all things scootering, a man with bottomless reservoirs of informed scooter knowledge and has an ear to the best contacts in the business, making for an excellent read with some large scale, decent photography, some of which I'm proud to say has been contributed by yours truly..

ScooterNova magazine year subscription from £30.00 up from France is Scooters & Style magazine - as the name suggests and in keeping with the French being renowned purveyors of style, this is a great looking quarterly magazine and now printed in English as well as French. Handy as my schoolboy French seems to diminish with the passing of each year..

Scooters & Style magazine year subscription from €27.01

.. Scooteristen from Svenska Skooterklubben requires you to be able to read Swedish (which I don't) and is the club's magazine for it's members - sign up/pay for membership here Despite having zero knowledge of Swedish I still like looking at this very nicely put together quarterly magazine, with some very good photography and printed on a matt, nice weight, quality paper - it is definitely up there in my mind, with the best scooter magazines that are around today...

Svenska Skooterklubben foreign membership - 32 €

... at this juncture it would be remiss of me not to mention the VVC Journal - the Veteran Vespa Club's quarterly magazine for it's members. I have recently taken on the editor's role and will be putting out my first issue (No.74 - Spring 2018) as editor at the end of January. Just £15.00 buys a year's VVC membership and if you do nothing else with your membership (3 club rallies a year, members' website section and Facebook page), you will receive 4 copies of the club magazine edited by me with some great reports, features and photography from around the world - not bad when a single scooter magazine is around £4 upwards a copy these days. Link to VVC membership here

VVC annual membership - from £15.00

Moving on and listed below is a festive selection box of treats, perfectly suited for that special scooter loving person...

As well as producing their own magazine, ScooterNova have added some nice accessories which are now available to buy, including this real leather key holder, which at £7.00 would make a great stocking filler..

ScooterNova shop - Xmas list would be complete without a good looking calendar; priced at $35.00 (inc. shipping to UK) this is produced by Scooterhelp in the US and features my own 35mm film photography alongside the exceptional work of German photographer, Christoph Gabler...

Scooterhelp calendar link here -

Motorliebe, holding up Germany's reputation as a great Scootering nation have produced this fine book of their tour of England, Scotland & Isle of Man by vespa and is priced at €24.90 see also their USA and Iceland vespa tour book titles..

Motorliebe shop -

...'Dutch Masters' Makes Vespa Klassiekers - home to without doubt the planet's coolest workshop-cum-collection/showroom of original paint scooters have a good offering of accessories on their website, from Vespa luggage hook keyrings to some very nice stickers to adorn your pride and joy..

Maskes online store - here

..on my own personal xmas wish list is this highly reflective jacket from ScooterLab UK (SLUK), priced at £55.00. Excellent for not only riding your scooter and being clearly seen at night but also when riding your bike and as a beacon/point of reference for finding your way back to your tent in the dark..

...also from SLUK (I've already invested in a copy) is vespa fan and historian, Paolo Zanon's excellent new book - Piaggio: From the Heavens to the Earth, full of many before now, unseen photographs, as well as letters from the Piaggio archive between Enrico Piaggio, Engineer Lanzara (historical director of the plant), Corradino d'Ascanio and other engineers. It's not cheap at £65.00 but is a collector's item for serious vespa fans.. £16.80 inc vat Disco Dez's adhesive straight number plate set would make a great present for you and your classic Lambretta...

Disco Dez Scooters online shop -

...last but very far from least are German friends, SIP Scootershop, with as you can imagine a veritable feast of  Xmas offerings which can be viewed in their Xmas Shop - here My standouts being the Landsberg scene SIP jigsaw puzzle at £11.46 before P&P, reminding me of my memorable visits to SIP and their excellent annual open day; the next one being planned for May 5, 2018..

..with a price of £20.49 pre-P&P, 'Enrico's Vespa' is a great book for the Vespa loving kid/big kid, with lovely illustrations by Elena Pongiglione and story by Mika Hahn and Robin Davy..

...and to finish; if you're still struggling with present ideas, you can always fall back on the time honoured 'gift voucher' and credit to them, SIP Scootershop have even got this covered with vouchers available to the value of €25, €50 or €100..

SIP vouchers - here 

Happy shopping...!! ; )

And PS, if you don't get what you want for Xmas, you know what to buy yourself..

Piaggio Vespa 125 VM1T 'Faro Basso' 1952

Piaggio Vespa 125 VM1T 'Faro Basso' 1952

Photo: © Nick Kuijpers - All rights reserved

Nice shot taken by Nick Kuijpers part of a set taken for Motor Revue magazine - The composition reminds me a bit of this 35mm film shot I took back in September..

You can see more of Nick's excellent motorcycle photography, including more shots of the above VM1T on his Flickr photostream here and his website below. Thanks for sharing Nick ; )


street of India

street of india

Varanas, the holy city

Beautiful shot here taken by Paolo Gamba

HOLA VESPA - accessories

I recently wrote a post on Bavarian based Hola Vespa who specialise in the maintenance, 'rusteration' and sometimes restoration of the Spanish Motovespas they import - one of a few companies working mainly, if not solely with Spanish vespas. By way of thanks, owner Bernd Kirschner sent me some stickers and this very nice key ring - perfect for carrying my '71 Motovespa GT160 keys.. muchas gracias/vielen dank Bernd ; )

If you're on the hunt for original Motovespa accessories, then give Bernd a shout at Hola Vespa who also has a great looking instagram page which you can see here -


First Frost

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

Near home is a small open field which I skirt the top edge of most mornings, with our German Shepherd on the way up to neighbouring woods and fields. Situated next door to Council owned allotments, this small field has in previous years been cut back around mid-late August; which is always a bit sad as it seems to hasten summer drawing to a close. This year for some reason, the long grass remained and went un-cut, which pleased me anyway, allowing me to hang on to the thought of summer for a while longer..

Possessing a photographer's eye of sorts; I spend a fair amount of time considering how best to frame/compose what's in front of me. Anyhow, I hoped the long grass would stay until the first frost of winter so I could capture it on film, frozen and illuminated by the sun on a clear day. Such a morning arrived in mid-late November and was the perfect opportunity to shoot on 35mm film what I'd been imagining for the past few months..

Above is the field in question, taken before the sun had risen above the distant tree line, with shots below from the nearby woods and fields in Tring and Dancers End..

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

...before returning home and back past the small field, with the long grass now beginning to defrost under the rising sun..

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

An 'earworm' that is often working it's way around my head, is Simon & Garfunkel's beautiful song, 'April She Will Come'  - perfectly capturing the coming of spring with it's fresh hope, before the loss of summer's end...

Mid-late November 2017

Olympus OM-2N
Zuiko F/1.4
Fuji Superia 35mm film

More 35mm film observations in my scrapbook album here

Goodbye Autumn

Goodbye Autumn
© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

Goodbye Autumn
© Paul Hart (vespamore photography) - All Rights Reserved

Mid-November 2017

Olympus OM-2N
Zuiko F/1.4
Fuji Superia 35mm film

Last film shots of Autumn - the perfect colour scoot for this season...

There's no substitute for film - more of my vespa photos taken on film here


Hola Vespa

©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa

Some seriously nice photos all taken by Bernd Kirschner, the guy behind Hola Vespa 

Based in Holzkirchen, Bavaria, Southern Germany, Bernd established Hola Vespa some 10 years ago and specialises in the sales, maintenance and refreshing of original paint/condition Spanish vespas. There are not too many working solely with Motovespas and is nice to see Bernd has followed his passion and made a success of it. Judging by the quality of vespas he imports; he must have some good contacts and currently has a few Motovespa GT160s that have come in and are up for sale - so get in touch with Bernd if you're interested..

©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa

©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa

©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa

©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa

©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa

©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa

©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa

©Bernd Kirschner - Hola Vespa

Well known in the European scene, it's reassuring to hear Bernd say that restoration is the last resort  - I couldn't agree more!

As well as being in possession of a decent set of mechanical and engineering skills, you can see Bernd is also very adept with a camera. Being mad about original paint scooters and photography myself, nice to see someone so talented at both..!!


Autumn ride

Autumn ride

Mild but wet yesterday - nice opportunity for a ride through the leafy Ashridge Estate, near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire; the colourful Autumnal leaf displays complementing the orange of my Motovespa GT160...

20.11.18 - taken with iPhone 5S

El Rastro, Madrid

El Rastro, Madrid

Always like seeing the excellent vespa shots taken by Dido Mihajlov this being his latest, for more of the same, see Dido's vespa album here

Thanks as ever for sharing Dido ; )

Essex Vintage Vespa Club 1-day rideout

Essex Vespa 1-day event

Essex Vintage Vespa Club are staging a 1-day rideout on 8th July 2018. Starting out at 10am near Pilgrims Hatch, just outside of Brentwood, Essex.

This is for all classic, geared vespas (models up to 1977). It is a free event, so no fees and is open to all vintage vespa fans with pre-'77 bikes. Would be great to see some overseas vespisti as well as from UK. There will be numerous stop-offs along the scenic route for coffee, lunch etc. I'll be going, hope to see you there..

For full details email Warren Jopson:

Essex Vintage Vespa Club Facebook page here -

Douglas Vespa 92L2 shot with my Olympus OM-2N on Kodak Portra 35mm film -


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