We love scooters and more and more people leave their petrol guzzling four wheels at home and again take a scooter, for the drive to the office, around town – or best – just to go for a ride.
With so many new (electrical / hybrid) and more ecologically friendly four stroke scooters coming to the market lets take a look back how it all began. The beautiful Lambrettas from Innocenti or the old Vespas from Piaggio that after the second World War were the only mean of transport available to many Europeans.
By now they have reached cult status, modded or plain original versions parked somewhere most of the times get you into a chat with some people admiring them. You get a happy smile on people’s faces reminding them of great times and a new start in the life of many.
Today you often find scooters prominently placed in advertising for products that have nothing to do with scootering. But for the real thing there are a few clips and videos that bring back the time and let you feel the wind in your hair. Those clips and videos we tried to find and the best ones we have listed below.
Click on the images below for the links
Concha Velasco – Vespa
Concha Velasco from “El águila de fuego”.
It’s a song from a Spanish musical but how could you better advertize the Vespa scooters than having 7 girls singing and riding vintage Vespas while “doing gymnastics”.
As one commentator put it – a bit like synchronized swimming but on Vespas.
German commercial from 1955 mixing real images with drawings.
Watch the bear turning the crankshaft and people flying around the engine and other parts.
(if there’s some interest we’ll also post a translation for this one)
Vespa King Kong Ad
go Vespa go
continue reading the story after the jump
Vespa Stop Motion
Good Thing – Fine Young Cannibals
How To Setup A Lambretta Service Station series
Lambretta LI Stripdown 60s How-to series
A total of about 30 minutes on how to strip down a vintage Lambretta completely (includes reassembly, so you don’t need to wonder where you have forgotten to put in these leftover parts).
Lunapop – 50 Special
(Note: The small image at the beginning of this post is from an old Scooter Magazine cover found at the Lambretta Club USA web site)
*** Other Great Scooter Stuff ***
Some more outstanding clips, images and links we found:
Lots of vintage Vespa pictures from the 1950′s compiled into a video
another great compilation of Vespa pictures
and another one
More Videos and Clips:
Great new scooter ads: Roketa and Vespa Grandturismo
Into Tomorrow The Best Bit (there is also a part two )
The Lambretta Story Nice 6 minute compilation of various clips on Lambrettas. The second part is here
Vespa GS160 (Vespa, Vespa, Vespa, Vespa…)
Vespa advertising for young people
Discovery channel documentary on Vespa
My Husband says, “No!” — What do you think?
(just some samples to get you started)
Scooter in the Sticks
Who rides a Vespa?
- Fun: Rabbids around the world
- Books: A vintage Police “public relations” book
- Fun: Kermit explains visual thinking
- Video: Rokkit online archive
You might have seen the older clips with the Rayman Rabbids – then you will love this new series of trailers/teasers called “Rabbids around the world”.
The little creatures go Sumo fighting to Japan, do a special kind of “Tour the France”, try to get into a game convention in Germany (new clip) and our favorite – play rugby against a team dressed “All Black” (Don’t miss the last seconds in the locker).
Yes, they do the Haka
David from Davidthedesigner has provided us with a great find – a vintage Police “public relations book.
It did also make us smile…
In this vintage Muppets clip Kermit and Grump are playing around with visual thinking. It’s a remake of the original black & white version with Kermit and Harry the Hipster. Kind of funny how the language of Kermit has changed since the 70s.
If you like great animation clips, good advertisements or short films head over to Rokkit. It is actually a well known agency in London but they have dozens of high quality videos online. Try out our suggestions below or go to their director page for a start. There is one you absolutely must see – [...]