Vespa History :-)

Posted in Uncategorized on 12 November 2013 by vespaclubsa

Afro Vespa Rally 2013, Tulbagh

Posted in Uncategorized on 12 November 2013 by vespaclubsa
29 Nov- 01 Dec'13

29 Nov- 01 Dec’13

Road Trip Darling 9-11 October

Posted in Club Rides on 21 September 2009 by vespaclubsa

On the weeknd of 9’10’11 October we will be riding out to Darling to attend ROCKING THE DAISIES Music Festival.
Niel from Scoot Dr has managed to secure us a seperate camping site and discounted tickets for the festival. All you need to do is go to the website then go to the ticket sales and select the scooter ride tickets,purchase them and print them out.

We will meet at the Scoot Dr workshop in Bree street at 14:00 on friday 9 october and make our way to Darling.
This is an eco-friendly festival and this year the band line up is 100% local. It is going to be loads of fun.

All info on the weekend and what to bring is on the website.

If you are joining us please let me know by 2 october so we can plan ahead.

13 Sept 09 – Sunday Ride Update

Posted in Club Rides on 15 September 2009 by vespaclubsa

Vespa September Ride

Hi Everyone

It was a small gathering of Vespa riders on sunday at Primi in Camps Bay but considering the weather it was not so bad. Thanks to all of you that came through especially Rob & Ruan eventhough they did not make it all the way to Kalk Bay and also Mike, Jamie, Peter, Olaf & Alexis from the Vesperados who always pitch come rain or shine. Alan from LML jioned us for breakfast in Kalk Bay. Also thanks to Derick at Satori for the awesome welcome and breakfast, what a great place!

If the weather is good this weekend then we ride again so check your mail for updates?

13 Sept 09 – Sunday Ride

Posted in Club Rides on 10 September 2009 by vespaclubsa
Hi All
Spring is kind of here and summer is round the corner. This sunday we will meet at the Primi Piatti resturant in Camps Bay at 09:30 and then make our way along the coast and round to Kalk Bay for something to eat and drink. It should be a great day so pull the Vespa out of the garage and come ride.
To all the Lambretta owners hope to see some of you to…
Will send out a reminder and more details on Friday.
Have a great week and see you on Sunday

Raymond 083377 6505

We still meet at Primi Piatti 21 Brighton court, Victoria Rd, Camps Bay at 09:30 for some coffee etc. Then we make our way to Kalk Bay where we will stop at the Satori resturant for some chow.(Satori 76 main rd Kalk Bay).
We should be back in Town round about 13:30 +-

The Birth of a Legend

Posted in History on 12 June 2009 by vespaclubsa

The Vespa (which means “wasp” in Italian) was the result of Enrico Piaggio’s determination to create a low cost product for the masses. As the war drew to a close, Enrico studied every possible solution to get production in his plants going again. A motor scooter was produced, based on a small motorcycle made for parachutists. The prototype, known as the MP 5, was nicknamed “Paperino” (the Italian name for Donald Duck) because of its strange shape, but Enrico Piaggio did not like it, and he asked Corradino D’Ascanio to redesign it.

But the aeronautical designer did not like motorcycles. He found them uncomfortable and bulky, with wheels that were difficult to change after a puncture. Worse still, the drive chain made them dirty. However, his aeronautical experience found the answer to every problem. To eliminate the chain he imagined a vehicle with a stress-bearing body and direct mesh; to make it easier to ride, he put the gear lever on the handlebar; to make tyre changing easier he designed not a fork, but a supporting arm similar to an aircraft carriage. Finally, he designed a body that would protect the driver so that he would not get dirty or dishevelled. Decades before the spread of ergonomic studies, the riding position of the Vespa was designed to let you sit comfortably and safely, not balanced dangerously as on a high-wheel motorcycle. Corradino D’Ascanio only needed a few days to refine his idea and prepare the first drawings of the Vespa, first produced in Pontedera in April 1946. It got its name from Enrico Piaggio himself who, looking at the MP 6 prototype with its wide central part where the rider sat and the narrow “waist”, exclaimed, “It looks like a wasp!” And so the Vespa was born.

On April 23, 1946 Piaggio & C. S.p.A. filed a patent with the Central Patents Office for inventions, models and brand names at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Florence, for “a motor cycle with a rational complex of organs and elements with body combined with the mudguards and bonnet covering all the mechanical parts”. In a short space of time the Vespa was presented to the public, provoking contrasting reactions. However, Enrico Piaggio did not hesitate to start mass production of two thousand units of the first Vespa 98 cc. The new vehicle made its society debut at Rome’s elegant Golf Club, in the presence of U.S. General Stone who represented the Allied military government. Italians saw the Vespa for the first time in the pages of Motor (March 24, 1946) and on the black and white cover of La Moto on April 15, 1946.

The Origins of Vespa

Posted in History on 12 June 2009 by vespaclubsa

Piaggio was founded in Genoa in 1884 by twenty-year-old Rinaldo Piaggio. The first activity of Rinaldo’s factory was luxury ship fitting. But by the end of the century, Piaggio was also producing rail carriages, goods vans, luxury coaches and engines, trams and special truck bodies.

World War I brought a new diversification that was to distinguish Piaggio activities for many decades. The company started producing aeroplanes and seaplanes. At the same time, new plants were springing up. In 1917 Piaggio bought a new plant in Pisa, and four years later it took over a small plant in Pontedera which first became the centre of aeronautical production (propellers, engines and complete aircraft) and then, after World War II, witnessed the birth of the iconic Vespa.

From aeronautics to individual mobility: the transformation of 1946 The war, a radical watershed for the entire Italian economy, was equally important for Piaggio. The Pontedera plant built the state-of-the-art four-engine P 108 equipped with a 1,500-bhp Piaggio engine in passenger and bomber versions. However Piaggio’s aeronautical plants in Tuscany (Pontedera and Pisa) were important military targets and on August 31, 1943 they were razed to the ground by Allied bombers, after the retreating Germans had already mined the pillars of the buildings and irrevocably damaged the plants.

To rebuild the Pontedera plants, Enrico Piaggio asked the Allies, who then occupied part of the grounds and of the buildings still standing, to arrange for the machinery transferred to Germany and Biella in northern Italy to be brought back. This was done rapidly and Armando and Enrico Piaggio then began the process of rebuilding. The hardest task went to Enrico, who was responsible for the destroyed plants of Pontedera and Pisa.

Enrico Piaggio’s decision to enter the light mobility business was based on economic assessments and sociological considerations. It took shape thanks to the successful co-operation of the aeronautical engineer and inventor Corradino D’Ascanio (1891-1981).

Rides Schedule for 2008 / 2009

Posted in Club Rides, General Information on 2 June 2009 by vespaclubsa
  • New and prospective members who are not yet sure of their bike’s reliability are encouraged to join the Sunday day trips, of which there is one a month before embarking on longer trips. These rides are usually conducted at a more leisurely pace so it is a good way to find out what your bike is capable of. New people are always welcome.
  • All rides will be led by a club member with a co-leader. Their telephone numbers are available with the ride details and condition for all rides
  • Weekend trips usually start on Saturday morning, returning Sunday afternoon, unless otherwise statedThere are no costs to join our rides, however certain trips might require entrance fees and other costs, such as lunch etc. Details will be available from the ride leaders
  • All Meets are subject to change.
  • Kindly ensure your bike is in a roadworthy condition
  • There will be no support vehicle unless specifically stated for a particular ride, so please ensure your bike is capable of doing the trip
  • No helmet, no ride