History The Vespa Club of Britain

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Did you know?

.Vespa is an brand of scooter manufactured by

.The word Vespa Wasp in both Italian and

.There has now been 138 different of the Vespa since production

.When Vespa celebrated its anniversary in 1996, more 15 million of the scooters had been worldwide, making it the most scooter of all time.

Piaggio The

Piaggio is founded in Genoa by 20 old Rinaldo Piaggio as a luxury building company that into producing rail automobiles, marine craft and aeronautics

Enrico Piaggio and his Armando inherited the family business on their father’s in 1938. Enrico decided to the business from aircraft to production after the end of the war as there was a for low cost transport.

This to be a prudent move as the company eventually become one of the biggest of two-wheeled vehicles in the world and in The Piaggio group is now Europe’s manufacturer of two-wheeled vehicles and the fourth largest motorcycle by unit sales. The group own 7 Piaggio, Aprilia, Moto Derbi, Vespa, Gilera and

The Vespa was introduced by Piaggio to the world war 2 Italian market. The scooter was actually invented by D’Ascanio. Later this year the 125cc Vespa was also introduced.

In 1950 Piaggio opened a in Germany and a year later in the UK of Bristol). The Vespa was soon in 13 countries and sold in 114!

In The European Vespa Club is in Milan to bring together the of Italy, France, Germany, Holland Belgium.

Although the was starting to gain popularity in the by 1956 Vespa had still over 1 million vehicles.

The Government makes it mandatory for all over 50cc to have plates.

As a result of the MOD subculture developed in the 1960s, the United has become Vespa’s second global market

In 1978 the PX is born.

In 1984 Piaggio its 100 th Anniversary and by 1988 sales had 10 million.

A new lifestyle evolved the UK mods of the 60’s and by the late thousands of ‘Scooterists’ attended scooter rallies held the UK each year. Although a smaller attendance level still happen today.

Vespa celebrated its 50th in 1996, more than 15 of the scooters had been sold Other companies vied Piaggio for market share, but came close to emulating the romance—of Vespa.

The PX returns… to this story coming

Douglas of Bristol

Douglas was a motorcycle manufacturer from – 1957 based in Kingswood, owned by the Douglas family, and known for its horizontally opposed cylinder engine bikes and as of speedway machines.

Brothers and Edward Douglas founded the Engineering Company in Bristol. doing blacksmith work, progressed to foundry work, and acquired the flat twin of W. J. Barter, the founder of Light Ltd. Barter had produced his single-cylinder motorcycle between and 1904, and then a 200 cc horizontal called the Fair but the Light Ltd. failed in 1907 and was over by the Douglas family.

The manufactured and sold the first 350 cc version of the horizontal twin

The engine was placed lengthways in the with belt final and electric lighting. During WWI was a major motorcycle supplier, around 70,000 motorcycles for use.

Douglas built the disc brakes, and had a Royal for the supply of motorcycles to the Princes, and Henry. Douglas motorcycles became popular in dirt racing

They were in and were taken over by Bond Aircraft and Engineering Motorcycle production continued WWII and was extended to generators.

Not after the war, Douglas was in again and reduced its output to the 350 cc twin models.

The MD Claude McCormack caught of a Vespa whilst on holiday in and almost immediately made with Piaggio to build it licence in the UK. A Piaggio built first appeared on the Douglas at the motorcycle Show at Earls in 1949 but production did not start April 1951.

Struggling the 350 cc Douglas Dragonfly was the last produced. Westinghouse Brake and bought Douglas out and production of Motorcycles ended in 1957.

production ceased with units being completed. The then decided to import instead of manufacturing them.

ceased importing Vespa into the UK.

The Vespa Club of

In May 1952 with the start of production in the UK the first branch of the Club of Britain was formed in West London by Mr William Mitchell Bond.

By 1957 had established a secretariat in Finchley London.

By the early 60’s were a number of rallies held. Eurovespa Rallies held annually with hosting the 1960 Annual Regularity Championship. They organised an Annual Super Rally with branches many national rallies.

A of 13 regions 140 branches were in by this period.

The VCB moved its to the Douglas works in Bristol in and had a few years of glory before the of Vespa’s and Insurance increased and car decreased causing membership to begin to fall.

The VCB became self sufficient and to organise rallies through the 80’s.

1996: 50 th Anniversary of the was celebrated by a rally held at Aquadome, Northampton

2006 saw the Eurovespa held in Turin, and then the following year saw the Vespa World Days in San Marino.

Membership of the club is now again and we are seeing a large of 80’s 90’s Scooterists to the scooter scene.

Vespa Days are now held every and 2012 sees The Vespa of Britain celebrating its 60 th Anniversary by the Vespa World Days in London, UK.

The Club would to thank all staff and members and present who have helped all their hard work and over the years.

See some of people listed below:

The Mr William (Bill) Mitchell (General Secretary 1952-1960; 1961-1963)

The late Mrs Doreen (Secretary 1952-1952)

Mrs Janet (Asst General Secretary

Miss Margaret Farquhar Secretary 1952-1961, Vice 1995-2009, Honorary Vice 2009-Present  )

Mr Claude McCormack (MD of Kingswood Ltd) (President Patron 1961-1964)

Mr Gerald Newton (General 1961)

Mr David Pullom Secretary 1962-1965)

The Late Brockway (President 1964 –

The late Mr Ian Kirkpatrick (General 1965- 1974)

Mr Charles (Vice President 1966–1994, 1995-2001,

Honorary Life 2001-Present)

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Vespa Cosa 200 GS

Mr Clive Mills Secretary 1991-1995)

Mr Leslie (Vice President 1995-2000, 2001-2005)

Mr Barry Baker Secretary 1995-1997)

Mr David (General Secretary 1998-2005)

Mr Burley (General Secretary President 2007-Feb 2013)

Mr Freer (General Secretary 2013)

Mr Alan Stevens President 2007-Feb 2013)

Baxter (General Secretary – 2011)

Mr Robin Quaterman 2013-present)

Mr Dennis Redman President March 2013-present)

Joanna Daines (General March 2013-present)

Vespa Cog

Since the 1 st Vespa Club rallies metal COG badges been produced to commemorate the

These are one of the most desirable of Vespa memorabilia and have remained the same size and since the fifties to the present

Badges were produced for regional branches and individual clubs.

For more information go to:

For more information on cog badges and the of the VCB go to:


About Vespas

are often split into 2

These are:

Small Large Frame.

The Small are the 50cc-125cc versions, all using an derived from the 50cc of 1963.

The Large Frame are the displacements using engines from the redesigned 125cc from the late1950s

These from a 50cc up to a 300cc. All electric start and are twist although a new revised verion of the old PX 125 is a geared model has been in 2011.

List of Vespas

– the original prototype made in at Biella

Vespa 150 TAP – A Vespa by the French military that an antitank weapon.

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Vespa Cosa 200 GS
Vespa Cosa 200 GS
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