The epic of acrobats on a Vespa as told by Giuseppe Cau and Ilo Lorenzetti, two of the protagonists of that fantastic adventure, which lasted over fifteen years.
It all started in 1952 from an idea of Eng. Vittorio Casini, who wanted to prove that Vespa is an extraordinary vehicle, with which you can really do everything. After demonstrating their speed and reliability, Piaggio technicians give life to a patrol of men, chosen from the testers, who travel around Europe and drive crowds crazy with their shows. They may appear extreme, but in reality they are the result of careful technical preparation and a great sense of the collective. Each event that welcomes the performances of the aerobatic team, in Italy and abroad, has a fantastic added value in the show that the white suits with the blue brand offer to enthusiasts and the curious. From 1952 to 1968 Cau, Chiarugi, Nesti, Cipolli, Lorenzetti and many others have fun and give fun.
The volume is enriched with the images of each individual figure created by Piaggio acrobats, accompanied by the detailed explanation of each movement made by the individual participants.
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.
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.
Updated edition of the book ‘ Vespa. The complete history from 1946’, published in 2011 to celebrate Vespa’s 65th anniversary. April 1946 was the debut date of the revolutionary little two-wheel vehicle, which, as well as leaving an indelible mark on the history of transport, became a real cultural phenomenon to successive generations. Simple and elegant, practical and comfortable, these are some of the characteristics that have ensured the popular scooter an unrepeatable success, with 35,000 of them built in 1949 alone. Seventy years after its birth, the Vespa has affirmed itself throughout the world. This book covers the fascinating epic of the Vespa, from its debut to the present day, through hundreds of pictures and invaluable documents of its various epochs. The work includes a systematic cataloguing of all the models that have appeared in those 70 years, each one accompanied by a detailed technical specification.
The history of Vespa, from its beginnings to the present day, clearly arranged, understandable for all, and, above all, describing even the tiniest detail in an unprecedented form. An illustrated chronicle, with all the information needed for complete understanding of the culture of Vespa.
A collection of nostalgic advertisements and rich photographic material tells about the Italian social phenomenon represented by the Vespa scooter and shows the complete production from the beginning up to 90s.
The roads of the Indias on a Vespa is the title of one of the new chapters that comprise this on-the-road account by Giorgio Caeran, the untiring traveller and explorer, protagonist of a series of fascinating journeys embarked upon “with good experience and lively enthusiasm”. A Vespa 200 Rally took the author all the way to India, passing through Kurdistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and visiting legendary locations like Kathmandu, Calcutta and Bombay. On foot, his rucksack and sleeping bag on his back, Caeran then continued his adventures in darkest Africa, came face to face with the desert and then moved on to Latin America, all the way down to Tierra del Fuego.
“Gira mondo libero” is a passionate traveller’s diary, which enables the reader to discover fascinating locations, rich in history and culture.
A tribute to the 50th anniversary of this versatile vehicle. Amazing pictures from the Piaggio Archives enrich the volume. This book documents the origin and the development of Ape Piaggio during the period between 1948 and 1998, and its various and sometimes bizarre uses.
This book, published in occasion of the Eurovespa 2001 Exhibition and the 50th anniversary of the first French Vespa Division in Fourschambault, is enriched with archival documentation, photographs and advertising material.
Da Occidente a Oriente lungo la rotta dell’antica via delle Indie in sella a una Vespa 200 Rally. Impossibile? Di certo non per Giorgio Caèran, appassionato viaggiatore e instancabile sognatore che, a bordo dell’intramontabile scooter, questo viaggio lo ha compiuto davvero.