This inexpensive photographic history of Vespa, first published in 1993, receives a much-needed overhaul to bring it up to date, and includes the addition of some colour imagery. This appealingly quirky book captures the personality, individuality and style of the world of Vespa through an eye-catching array of period photographs, including Vespa's imaginative promotional material. Celebrities and girls seem ever-present through the pages, but there is plenty of technical interest to satisfy mechanically minded Vespa enthusiasts.
Table of Contents
The Douglas Vespa story: manufacture in the UK at the Douglas plant in Bristol. Famous faces: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Cliff Richard, Stirling Moss, Ken Dodd, Morecambe & Wise and many more. Accessorising your Vespa: screens, aprons and chrome. Shows and sidecars: nostalgic scenes over the years. Model-by-model coverage, encapsulated in evocative period photographs. The competition side: rallies, races and parades.
The late Eric Brockway was managing director of Douglas for much of the time the company made Vespa scooters in the UK under licence. Peter Henshaw, who has carried out the update for the second edition, is a specialist scooter and motorcycle author, and lives in Sherborne, Dorset.