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.

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

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

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Got the film shots back today that I took of this beautiful Maserati Mistral spider, see previous post here

See the other Mistral shots in my classic cars 35mm film album here


vespa di fiori

Beautiful smallframe vespa shot taken by Suguru Yamada in Japan, thanks for sharing Suguru ; )


Stretched vespa

Vespa is abit rare these days, so why dont shoot one when you see it

Nice shot of this 'adapted' vespa taken in Jakarta, Indonesia by Denny Pranoto

Thanks for sharing Denny ; )

There is an interesting article on the Indonesian cult of customising/modifying classic scooters in Issue One of ScooterNova magazine and am not talking about a few lights and mirrors..!

S.I.P. Scootershop Open Day 2017

Details on SIP's FB event page - here


vespa 125 GTR

vespa 125 GTR
vespa 125 GTR
vespa 125GTR

Lovely shots taken by Ugajin Tohru in Japan; not seen this colour on a GTR before but it looks like original condition paint..

Thanks for sharing Uga ; )

Ugajin's vespa parts website here -

The Vespas That Time Forgot...


Retrospective Scooters were recently contacted by a builder who was working on the former site of the Douglas Kingswood factory in Bristol, where vespas were produced under licence from Piaggio.

When demolishing a floor to start work on foundations for new housing, the builder came across a bricked up basement with twelve Douglas Vespa 92L2 frames, still in their original red primer. Unfortunately three of the frames were crushed by the concrete debris that rained down on them, one has since gone 'missing' but the remaining eight were relatively okay. After receiving a few initial offers for the frames, the builder contacted Retrospective who eventually relieved him of the sought after frames.

Many of them are wearing surface rust after years sitting in their 'tomb' but nothing too serious that can't be sorted, once London Scooter Bodyshop and Retrospective Scooters get to work on them.

What a great story - it brings to mind Howard Carter and the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb.

You can read the full story and see additional photos taken on site in Bristol in Issue One of ScooterNova magazine Additionally, you can see the full set of 35mm film shots I took of these vespa frames at Retrospective Scooters/The London Scooter Bodyshop here


Vinyl Revival


A good friend couldn't house this vintage DYNATRON stereo cabinet with in-built Garrard turntable and asked my other half & I if we'd like it..

A lovely thing... think it needs a new belt drive for the turntable and hopefully we'll soon have it working. Need to dig out our old vinyl; am already thinking what to play first - currently it's a toss up between Jimi's Electric Ladyland or Abbey Road..


Resurrected Sprint

Phone shots above of nicely restored Vespa Sprint seen at Retrospective Scooters/The London ScooterBodyshop the other day,  painted in the classic VBB metallic blue - the owner wanted a change after having it for years in the original Sprint silver. 

Was chatting with LSB's owner who was saying virtually half the original frame was rotten and had to be cut out and replaced with welded-in new metal panels. You can see a film shot I took below of discarded, rotten metal panels..


..followed by another shot below of frame (PX, not the Sprint from above) in a jig so it can be welded back together with the new metal. If not held securely in place the metal would literally be like jelly...

Prepping for paint

...once the welding and re-construction has been completed, the frames are shot-blasted and readied for painting below. I make this sound straightforward but pattern replacement panels often need a good deal of time spent manipulating and fettling them to get the fit and lines perfect, which takes someone with the necessary know-how and skills..



Niall (Retrospective) and Dave (London Scooter Bodyshop) say that customers will choke on a sharp intake of breath, when told a fully restored scooter starts at over £5000 and that's say for a Sprint or Super, you could double it thereabouts for a GS150. Granted these can often be phone customers who haven't been to the workshops, based in North East London. Unless taking the time to visit, walk around and speak to Niall and Dave and fully understand what goes into a 'proper' restoration, people fail to comprehend how these 'cheap' Italian shopping bikes can be so expensive. As with anything in life; no matter which way you try to spin it, you always get what you pay for and as Dave mentioned, owning a fully restored scooter these days has increasingly become a luxury.

For more on the phenomenon of the £5K scooter, read on here on Retrospective's website.

ScooterNova magazine has arrived..

Brand new scooter magazine, ScooterNova is being officially launched at this Easter weekend's BSRA Scarborough scooter rally. Those who have placed online subscriptions to the mag from overseas and in the UK will be receiving the first issue over the weekend/early next week. Read more on the ScooterNova blog here

If you would like to place an order for this exciting new scooter magazine, click here


Setting Spring sun

Setting Spring sun

Taken through our kitchen window at home the other evening with my Olympus OM-2N on Fuji Superia 35mm film - the tones, textures, subtleties and flare pretty much sum up why I persevere using film over digital.

It doesn't always come off but when it does, the results can be something else..

Part of my scrapbook film album here

Original MKII GS160


Took a few film shots of this beautifully straight, UK registered second series GS160 in it's original paint.

Taken on Fuji Superia with my Olympus OM-2N on a visit last week to Retrospective Scooters. This GS has now been sold to a collector who's already considerable collection at the time, I photographed for the second edition of my Retrospective Scooters book

It was a particularly sunny day last Friday when I took these and despite me positioning the scoot in the shade of the red shipping container, are a tad bleached out and lacking in contrast. A bit of a shame but composition-wise a few of these I'm quite pleased with; the above being my favourite shot. The portrait shot, composed to illustrate the distinct tapered shape of the front mudguard/fender is also not bad - see full set here

camera phone shot


BOLT re-launch

BOLT have moved, check them out at their new home in Stoke Newington..

Some very nice shots taken by Mykola Romanovsky at Thursday's re-launch party here

Retro Racer

Winner of this year's Motoretta Giro Internazionale 2017 in NSW. #motorettagirointernazionale2017 #motorettagiro #vespa #doyouvespa #160gs #pieinthesky #nsw #saferiding

Winner of this year's Motoretta Giro Internazionale in New South Wales, Australia - photographed by Steve B

Shot of 2017's competitors also by Steve here

Thanks for sharing Steve ; )

Duality - Make Your Choice!

Duality - Make Your Choice!

Another lovely film shot from Wolfgang Plattner, this time of an Ape taken in the Lombardian town of Luino, Italy.

See recent post here

Thanks again Wolfgang ; )

Maserati Mistral

Made for sunny days...

Not seen one of these before at a Classic car event and never 'in the wild' as I did riding into work on the vespa today. This Maserati Mistral may be better visualized on the snaking curves of the Amalfi or Californian coastlines but made an appearance on this summer-like April morning in an old Hertfordshire market town.

The above shots were taken on iPhone but I also reeled off a few frames with my Olympus OM-2N film camera. A great start to the newly loaded 36 exp. film but will have to wait a while before seeing the results, unless I run into something equally as nice in the near future..

My cars album here all shots taken on 35mm film.


Dark Knight

Dark Knight

still-life Italian style at Maccagno/Lombardia (Italy)

Lovely film shot taken by Wolfgang Plattner, thanks for sharing Wolfgang ; )


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