Globetrotting Vespa rider/author Giorgio Bettinelli died Monday in China, his current home. Bettinelli was famous for books about his continent-spanning Vespa journeys.
Karen Giezyng, who started the Oregon Scooter Club’s great ‘zine Kickstart has just released her new ‘zine Bumpstart. More about the new zine soon, but in the meantime, we wanted to give a heads up that she’ll be reading and telling stories from her recent trip to Italy at Zinesters Talking, next Tuesday (September 16, […]
NoZone magazine’s 100 Year Forecast is pretty right-on, funny, and well-designed.
We just got an email announcing Veloce’s new book British Woodies (ahem!), which reminds me we haven’t reviewed the last two books they kindly sent us. So keep an eye out for reviews of Veloce’s new-ish The Lambretta Bible and Scooter Lifestyle, soon.
An excerpt from a Martha Stewart book: Another entrepreneur whose intensity, curiosity, research, and devotion to quality impress me is a gentleman who first flagged me down on an East Hampton back road several years ago. I had decided to go for a ride on my turquoise Velocifero scooter and was zipping along when I […]
If you need a visual reference to the state of scootering in America, look no farther than the Scooterworks catalog.
“A reliable, responsible father/husband/CEO takes off cross country wearing a football helmet, riding a 40-year-old motor scooter, with a BB gun strapped to the side..” Jim Lehrer’s Eureka: A Novel sounds like it might be worth checking out.
Famous daredevil and, for a time, England’s greatest Vespa and microcar dealer Andre Baldet passed away last week. Baldet allegedly invented the “dealer special” when he launched his customized line of “Arc-en-Ciel” Vespas with a 150cc model in 1957. The line continued through 1961 with the Vespa GS160, and possibly even into the SS180 era. […]
Most of this thread is proof that Modern Vespa has eclipsed the stupidity of the BBS, but it includes scans of Scootering’s story about LML’s 4-stroke geared scooters, presumably someday to be known as the “Stella 250.” Great info there, and nice to see Scootering’stypesetting hasn’t improved in the several years since I’ve bought an […]
This story about a Mustang Club being told by Ford that they were not allowed to publish photos of their own cars just seems like some sort of silly mix-up, but it’s probably only a matter of time before Piaggio tries the same thing. When Piaggio returned to the U.S., they sued several long-time Vespa […]
Sorry about the infrequent posts the last week or so, I’m trying to get issue 53 of American Scooterist to press before the holidays. If you’re a Vespa Club of America member, you should be getting issue 52 in the mail any day now, but we’re still woefully late, largely because of my busy schedule. […]
The A-Z of Popular Scooters and Microcars, Cruising with Style, by Michael DanVeloce Books, 2007Paperback, 256 pagesISBN 9781845840884 The peak of the current “scooter boom” (surely it can’t get any bigger?) has been marked by an ever-growing number of books, each more general than the last. Most of the current scooter books are targeted at […]
Another calendar! But can one really ever have enough pictures of girls on scooters?
I’m not sure where the extra five girls ended up (Smarch?), but The Debutantes Scooter Club calendar is back for its second year of 11×17″ cheesecake, featuring our favorite Deb, POC Michelle, as Miss November. They’re available now, $15 online or $12 in person, with 10% going to ScooterRelief.org, which (crap!) reminds me I still […]
A Belfast Telegraph writer tours Thailand by scooter, and a Telegraph intern horks the title of Peter Moore’s book.