Vintage Lambretta rider and ex-Mod Bernard Judge was named mayor of Oldham, England this week. Judge, who is also a huge Motown and soul music fan says, “Music has the power to change things,” and is already being called “The Musical Mayor.” An old photo of Judge in his mod days adorns an album by L.A. band The Jamie Lamb Quartet.
Amerivespa 2006 is, happily, shaping up to be quite the pan-scooter event. Starting life as the national Vespa rally combined with Denver’s legendary Mile High Mayhem rally, it also now encompasses this year’s Lambretta Jamboree and Stellabration. Main sponsor Kymco is giving away vacation packages to the Rally to ten lucky winners.
The Weston Mercury reports that respected British Lambretta collector Nigel Cox, author of “Lambretta: An Illustrated History” and proprietor of Weston Scooter Parts in Weston-Super-Mare, England, is selling his famous Lambretta museum. Cox estimates the collection is worth Â£500,000 and hopes to sell it all for Â£350,000. The article says Americans and “a British consortium of enthusiasts” have placed bids for the museum, which has been open to the public for nearly 20 years. It’s unclear whether Cox, 55, will also close his spares business, which has long been famous as the only source for many original Lambretta parts and accessories, but he does plan to keep his two most prized scooters, the very first and very last Lambrettas ever made.
Dave Tooley raced Lambrettas in the early seventies for the Rafferty Newman “Wildcat” team in the UK, most notably the 158cc-model that dominated the 160-and-under class. Dave’s site contains great scooter racing photos, memoirs, scans of period magazines and advertisements, and technical info about Les Rafferty’s Wildcat Lambretta race scooters. And unlike most UK scooter sites, there’s not an animated navigation button or mod target to be found. Well-done!
Proof that the Lambretta Luna is the next big thing for scooter collectors: Lunabase is a well-designed, up-to-date, comprehensive British site celebrating the underappreciated Lambretta Luna range–Lui, Vega, and Cometa–designed by Bertone in the seventies. The site features technical info, brochures, a mailing list, and even an owners club. You’ll be coveting a Luna in no time.