The A - Z of Classic Scooters

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By: J. Goyard, B. Soler-Thebes .

The scooter, launched in stylish but impoverished post-war Italy as 'a small car on two wheels', has had an exuberant career that still continues to this day. Versatile and relatively cheap to produce, they are still regarded as a trendy means of getting around, but have also been turned to an extraordinarily wide range of other uses, from the utility Macquet with built-in trailer for carrying commercial goods, to the warlike TAP 56 armed with cannons and munitions.

Scooters have starred in many films. They are the trackside transport of choice for motorcycle champion Valentino Rossi, but also have a sporting pedigree in their own right. Georges Monneret crossed the Channel with a Vespa mounted on floats and, among many other adventurous journeys made on a scooter, rode his Lambretta from Paris to Tibet. Lambretta, Rumi, P.P. Roussey and Sterva have competed in the Bol d'Or endurance race.

This fascinating book, a glorious celebration of classic scooters, details more than 300 marques and models. Household names such as BSA, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Triumph and Yamaha – normally associated with mainstream motorcycles – have all produced scooters, but the book pays equal attention to the obscure manufacturers who would not have been heard of beyond their home town but for the huge and affectionate following that scooters have inspired globally.

The informative text is illustrated with a feast of historic and modern photographs, film posters, advertisements, publicity shots and technical diagrams, many in colour.

 


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Publisher Code:
H4390
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ISBN 13:
9781844253906
Published:
2005
Dimensions:
250x260mm
Pages:
191
Illustrations:
Hard Bound, colour ill
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