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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Warren's Racer


Without doubt, the nicest vespa (to date) that I've had the pleasure of photographing...

Taken earlier this year in April, I've kept this series of 35mm film shots back as the lovely folk over at ScooterNova magazine have used some of them in issue 2 of their excellent new scooter magazine (out today). Well chuffed to get them in such a great looking publication; the fotos look great printed on the magazine's quality paper stock, even if I do say so myself !

For the full album of shots I took on my Olympus OM-2N see here

A big thanks to Warren for letting me photograph his awesome ride ; )


Issue 2 of ScooterNova is out today, order your copy or subscribe online - here You will be able read all about this very impressive vespa and why it ticked all my scooter boxes, as well as a whole load of other classic scooter goodness, brought to you by the ever accommodating ScooterNova team!!

World Vespa Days - Celle 2017

I couldn't get to this year's World Vespa Days, staged last weekend but I knew a fair few vespa friends who were going. Jörg Hemker aka Hemi, who I met in 2015 at Maskes' classic vespa rally in Holland did go and wrote the excellent, following report of his experience for vespamore. Considering WVD was hosted in Celle, Germany, it seemed only fitting to ask a German Vespista friend to write this...

"Thursday, 22.06.17, today's weather forecast is predicting thunder and heavy rain in Northern Germany in the afternoon, therefore I decide to leave early morning for my trip to Vespa World Days. VWD was last held in Germany in 2000 and this year is being hosted by Vespa Club Celle. Celle is only 245km (152 miles) away from my home town, so it could not be much better. In addition, Vespa Club Celle are experts at planning Scooter events, having organised the Heide Treffen since 20 years now.

I leave Münster at 07.45 and by 08.15 it is already 25°C , the last few days have been really hot and today is the same. I drive across the countryside avoiding motorways and shortly after passing Osnabrück, I meet 3 scooterists from Osnabrück with a breakdown and stop to ask if they need any help. They already discovered the problem; one of them will return home and change scooter while the other two decide we will continue our trip together.

So we are now my GS200 (T5 frame with a 200cc engine, this was not sold in the UK), a tuned PX cutdown and a tuned Vespa Sprint. Due to my GS not being tuned, I really have to fight to stay with the others. It is getting darker and darker and the first raindrops start to fall but we manage to make it into Celle without any additional breakdowns. We arrive at CD Kaserne, which is a youth center in the heart of Celle that used to be a military barracks in the past and is the base for the WVD weekend. I check in to the hotel, which is only 2 km away from the event and then register myself for the World Days. Meanwhile the sky has become black and it is very windy, the registration closes as do all the tents! I visit my friends from the VCVD board who have pitched their tent next to the Vespa Club of Britain's tent and ask for shelter. Heavy rain starts and there is not much to do other than wait for it to pass. After a while the rain stops and I look around the site. There are some merchandise stalls, with an impressive display from Maskes Vespa Klassiekers over from the Netherlands, SCK (Scooter Center Koln) and a lot of catering, so everything you need is there.

"How German officials dress from the VCVD..!!"

Having registered I receive my welcome bag which besides the programme, includes a T-shirt and a WVD Celle metal badge. There is also a scooter parking area inside the barracks and everyone gets a numbered sticker that needs to be placed on their scooter. In addition you receive a bracelet with the same number on. Every time you want to leave the barracks, security people check if both numbers match, so that scooters do not get stolen - great idea! Around 2pm the VWD event is officially opened and the customary speeches start; we have Ingo, head of VC Celle, the mayor of Celle, Martin Stift, Head of Vespa world club and Uwe Bödicker, head of Vespa Club of Germany. Although there are a few speeches they are surpringsingly short and fresh.

I decide to park my scooter at the hotel and walk back to the VWD site. I get chatting and catch up with a lot of people and before I know it, it is already evening. During the evening the Vespa Club Germany has invited the heads of the various German Vespa clubs for a reception. The entertainment is across 2 rooms, one offering a live band, the other a Northern Soul allnighter and decide to opt for the allnighter and cannot remember getting back to my hotel - I do remember waking up with a hangover Friday morning though!

Once recovered, I headed back to CD Kaserne to get a closer look at the stalls and Vespa Museum, which I hadn't looked at on the first day. On all 3 days, there is the opportunity to book guided excursions and ride around the beautiful surroundings of Celle through the heath. There is also one big tour planned for Saturday where everyone can join in. I decide to only go for the tour on Saturday, having visited Celle many times before.

The Vespa museum is about 400m from CD Kaserne in an old horse breeding farm, a great venue for displaying old vespas. The scooters are presented in old horse stables, which is a nice touch. The focus of the exhibition is German Vespa models from the 1950s-60´s . After the war a lot of Vespas were built under license, so there is the chance to see a lot special Vespas produced by German manufacturers like Hoffmann and Messerschmitt and even one recovered from the sea bed! Back at CD Kaserne, a tombola sponsored by Scooter Center Koln starts up with the chance to win a restored, green Vespa 50 S. Within the vespa parking area, there are so many great Vespas to see, too many to describe them all in detail but the official numbers are 4200 people signed for tickets, swelled by the people who only came for the day. In the afternoon there is a Concours d´Elegance for the best combination of rider and vintage Scooter; first place going to Frank Thöle from Osnabrück with his Hoffmann Vespa.

In the evening I meet with some friends from the Los Piratos in Voerde, for dinner in Celle's beautiful old town. Celle only has around 80,000 inhabitants and with the temporary addition of 4200 scooterists, the city center is very crowded! The weather is warm and dry on Friday evening and we decide to stay in Celle's centre, leaving the live band and allnighter to others. Also, I had an early start as I was invited to join a vespa ride as a thank you to Celle's mayor on Saturday morning at 08:30. The mayor had made a lot of things possible for WVD, that normally would not be not possible!

At 08:30 on Saturday we meet up with other selected scooterists to go for a guided vespa giro through the old town of Celle. I'm sure not everyone in Celle was happy about such an event taking place at that time in the morning - Celle was 725 years old, so 725 scooterists went through the town!! The tour ended outside Celle at a large parking place, where all the other scooterists join us for the weekend's main vespa ride starting at 10:00. The reported numbers of participants from local Police vary between 5000 and 7000; the line of scooters was an incredible 7 km long!!! The ride was organised perfectly with the support of local police, including a police helicopter.

In the afternoon, the famous Vespa stunt show by Robin Davy and his acrobatic cohorts was held in the city centre on their Vespas from the 1950s... 

The evening began with the Gala Dinner and normally this is something that does not work at big events like these, but even here there was nothing to complain about. 20 cooks and 70 waiters made the evening perfect; the food was delicious, warm and on time. Respect is well deserved for them, if you consider that about 2000 full entry tickets were sold! The evening offered a swing band and a really good AC/DC cover band, as well again a Northern Soul allnighter on the second floor. So there was music for everyone and suited most tastes.

Photo: Mike Power - HEMI to left of shot

A marriage proposal...

... she said "yes" !!

On Sunday morning I wake up very early, the weather forecast was not very good and I decide to head back home. After one hour really heavy rain starts and riding is no longer much fun. However, I return home safe to Münster without incident but wet to the bone!

It was a really great event and I can only say "vielen dank" (thanks a lot) to Vespa Club Celle and all their supporters, you did an excellent job! Looking forward to returning to the Heide Treffen in 2018!"

Words and photos - Hemi / Jörg Hemker

Thanks so much Hemi for this!! A vespamore t-shirt will soon be winging its way to Münster by way of thanks ; )

Next year World Vespa Days will be coming to Belfast, Northern Ireland, I may see you there.. check out the official site - here


An Awfully Pleasant scooter weekend

Some great shots taken by the ScooterNova team when they recently took part in 'An Awfully Pleasant scooter weekend' - see their full album and blog report here

Don't forget issue 2 of ScooterNova magazine will be published tomorrow on 30th June, buy your copy online or subscribe  - here

NI registered GS

Rod Gillan sent me these shots of his newly acquired, restored GS150 VS5, one of very few, if not the only one originally registered in Northern Ireland. Rod is intending to show it at next year's World Vespa Days which will be staged in Belfast, see link to WVD 2018 website here

The GS was also reunited with its original screen which was bought in 1962 along with the vespa in Ballymoney, N.Ireland.


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LOvely shot taken by Petra Cofone in Italia, who allowed me to feature it here on vespamore - mille grazie Petra ; )




As well as running his own vespa parts business in his native Japan, Ugajin Tohru is also extremely adept and very talented with a camera in his hands, as this lovely shot demonstrates..

I've featured Uga's excellent photography on vespamore before, see more of his work here

If you're in need of any classic vespa parts, check out Ugajin's website here -

ScooterNova issue 2 – order now!

Now in the hands of the printers, much anticipated issue 2 of new scooter magazine, ScooterNova is about to land on your doormat, next week in fact - that is for those of you that have already subscribed. Included in the second installment of this refreshing new publication is I'm pleased to say, my SIP Scootershop open day report from early May, complete with  some of the 35mm film fotos I took while there..

If you haven't already subscribed to ScooterNova magazine, you can do so here

The second issue will also be available to buy at the upcoming BSRA Cleethorpes national scooter rally (7th-9th July) as well as at selected scooter shops, a list of which is shown here

SCOOTERLAB Vespa Douglas 152L2 – rescued and resurrected

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Glastonbury isn't the only major event taking place this weekend; World Vespa Days in Celle, Germany is also happening Friday-Sunday. I have a German friend at Celle taking some fotos on my behalf who will hopefully write a few words for vespamore on what he got up to at WVD - to follow soon..

In the meantime, Iggy Grainger, co-creator of SCOOTERLAB.UK has been sweating on getting his 'mothballed' Douglas 152L2 ready and roadworthy to ride from England to Celle. Iggy, and fellow SLUK creator, Sticky (Martin Round), have between them a great writing style with an amusing sense of irony, with dark humour and wit thrown in for good measure. This makes for some entertaining and engaging reading, coupled with their vastly extensive scooter knowledge. I've been keenly following Iggy's 152L2 project and look forward to see how he got on in Germany and if indeed he makes it there and back on his resurrected vespa...

You can read all about Iggy's project on SLUK which is in three installments - part one, part two and part three

Once finished, you can always catch up on the latest Glastonbury highlights here ...

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Vespa VB1T - Disegno Bellissimo


Stunning newly restored 1957 Vespa VB1T by London Scooter Bodyshop and Retrospective Scooters.

I saw this a few months ago when it was a while away from being finished and on returning to Retropsective and LSB a week or so ago, saw that it was completed. The quality of finishing, paint, attention to detail etc is something to behold...

I love the design of these '50s vespas, check out that gorgeous uninterrupted curve from under the seat to where it ends, behind the number plate - just lovely!! Also the bottom line of the engine cowl; the way it rises and falls in a long sinuous curve.. I've always liked the Faro Basso models with the front fender mounted headlight and also the VB1T as above, with the enclosed handlebars and headlight up high. I'm less keen on the in-between 'Struzzo' models with the exposed handlebars and headlight up above like here - small details you may think but they all add up; funny how your tastes change and evolve too. I think I prefer the Faro Basso and VB1T to say a GS150; the earlier '50s models are for me, eminently more elegant and purer in design than the late '50s 'new' vespa, with the shell in two halves and welded central seam. There are so many pleasing things here to look at and consider - the alloy fender crest, toothed front hub, deep curved kickstart, rear rack, headlight profile, longer louvred ellipse cooling the engine, that lovely engine panel rounded curve, which comes in towards the chassis and when viewed from behind, the asymmetry of the engine and toolbox panels, compared to the more uniform looking panels of the later seamed vespas, which also have the raised hump under the seat, breaking that lovely curve I mentioned earlier. The word "icon" is bandied around with increased regularity these days but for me and when looking at this vespa, it really is a design icon in the true sense of the word.

This is currently for sale at Retrospective Scooters for £7950.00 which many of you may think is extortionate but when you realise and understand what goes into restoring such a vespa, you may think twice. If I had that money spare, I would have bought this already.

Check out the other 35mm film shots I took of this VB1T here


ScooterNova issue 2 – good things come to those that wait…

Issue 2 of ScooterNova magazine is due to be launched at the end of June, keep an eye out for it or better still, subscribe or order your copy online here

More details about issue 2 here

little red v.

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LOvely shot taken by Zimthiger in Berlin, thanks for sharing ; )


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