The story of Enrico Piaggio, the ingenious industrialist who in the immediate post-war period believed in the design of a means of transport suitable for everyone to drive. Thus was born the Vespa, the best-selling and best-known scooter in the world, a symbol of Italian creative dynamism in its most successful expression. Since then the history of the Piaggio company has changed its course but today, after more than seventy years from that historical intuition, the brand remains tied in the collective imagination of each of us to a carefree lifestyle and still capable of looking with hope for the future.
The book focuses on the story of the ton-up boys and their café racers. But it's much more than just that. Illustrated with historic and modern photos and featuring a text by one of the world’s motorcycle historians, it's really the story of motorcycle speed and style evolved from the early 1900s right through today.
With mythical models, such as the 750 SFC, endurance champion in the early 1970s, or the 1000 V6, the only racing motorcycle with a V6 engine, the Italian brand Laverda finally established itself as one of the motorcycle constructors of exception. His creations were spectacular, the result of the passion of the members of this small family company, which, in a unique way, immediately stood out for the personality and character of its motorcycles and the quality of the relationships within the company.
Since hitting the road in 1946, eighteen million Vespa motor scooters have buzzed the Earth.
Vespa's success lies in the uniqueness of its design -- in the unmistakable sheet metal skin that, over the span of decades, has defined the concept of "motor scooter."
The book celebrates all aspects of the scooters and the thriving culture that surrounds them. Since Vespa is affordable and in high-style, the life Vespa encompasses all walks of life, from street urchins to celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, John Wayne, and Brad Pitt.
Part of Motorbooks’ “Life” series, The Life Vespa melds machine and culture to immerse you in la bella vita.
Grazie a un'iconografia insolita e una fedele descrizione dei diversi modelli, l'autore disegna un ritratto non solo della moto con motore a quattro tempicostruita a Pantin, ma anche della vita quotidiana dei francesi durante i ruggenti anni venti e trenta fino alla metà degli anni ottanta.
From the cooperation between ASD Laverda Corse and Fondazione Vajenti, was born a stunning photographic book, in big size containing the best advertising images of Laverda 750-cc motorcycles from Vajenti archives (Moto Laverda’s official photographer and advertising agency).
The book traces through images the evolution of the model Laverda 750 twin,from the first 650-cc to the production racer SFC.
The images are accompanied by many capions explaining all the main features and peculiarity of each model.
You will find also two interviews to Piero Laverda and Carlo Vajenti.Piero Laverda traces all the historical aspects connected to the birthand development of the “750-cc project” in MotoLaverda, beeing himself directly involved in that project. Carlo Vajenti racalls his memories about the collaboration of his photographic studio with Moto Laverda and theshots he tookto eachbike.
A great book to add to your motorsport library!
Motocourse charts the spectacular MotoGP and World Superbike Championships with complete international results, statistics and reports. With its blend of the very best in sports writing, fabulous colour photography, technical reviews and personality profiles it is the ideal companion for long winter evenings. A detailed results section adds the finishing touch to this high quality yearbook, making it also a valued source of reference.
A collection of adventures spent riding any kind of bike, driving on the roads of the world and challenging the most famous tracks. But also a very faithful photograph of the most beautiful period in the world of motorcycles, the one that goes from the early 1990s to the beginning of the economic crisis that has decimated the market and the environment of motorcycling in Europe.
An encyclopedic work entirely dedicated to the motorcycle and divided into 5 volumes:
Vol.1: From the origins to the first world war
Vol.2: War and post-war period (1915 - 1925)
Vol.3: Modern times (1926 - 1940)
Vol.4: The Second World War (1940 - 1955) - 5 The last 20 years