My uncle has always been a fanatic of motors: I grew up seeing him at my grandparents in the courtyard dismantling motors of all shapes and sizes and continuously bringing home new Lambrettas and Vespas to “play with”.
As there was never a woman in sight, his true love and life obsessions were old Lambrettas and Vespas. I lost count of how many he had collected and replaced over the years.
I often managed to have the odd ride when I was around. My arrival felt like a storm to those poor hens pecking in the field and now desperately trying to fly away; I was in my early teens back then and I use to get a buzz out of chasing hens! God knows why.. but I don’t do that anymore.. lol
Riding a Vespa in the freedom of the fields was incredibly exciting. Nothing else could beat that true sense of being free and carefree and the fresh countryside air was very reviving and reinvigorating. I used to go back home really content with myself and with life in general. I would not have swapped that for being indoors playing dull video games!
Today, although I have never owned a Vespa myself, my heart bounces whenever I see one. It must be more linked to the happy memories of childhood rather than a true love of motors though! Still, whenever there is a display in Italy I am drawn to it like a magnet.
Lambretta was originally produced by “Innocenti” in Milan in the district of Lambrate from 1947 to 1972. The name “Lambretta” comes from the river Lambro situated in the area where the factory was located.
Vespa, produced by the manufacturer “Piaggio” in 1946 was named by its inventor Enrico Piaggio when he exclaimed: “It looks like a wasp!” (vespa= wasp in Italian).
And Vespa was.
So these are some restored vintage Lambrettas and Vespas on a display I visited last time I was in Italy.
So do you fancy a ride on one of these? I do!