Although common throughout Europe; the moped, scooter, motorbike or whatever defines it…and in particular here, the Vespa…is reknowned from the country of Italy. Wildly popular and a great means of transportation through the crowded city streets, they’re as much of a fixture as any of the ancient ruins and monuments. Certainly not to be compared with the historical significance or importance of Italy’s past, but one that has been prominent in modern culture and society.
The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy—to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio. The name means ‘wasp’ in Italian.
From their inception, Vespa scooters have been known for their painted, pressed steel unibody which combines a complete cowling for the engine (enclosing the engine mechanism and concealing dirt or grease), a flat floorboard (providing foot protection), and a prominent front fairing (providing wind protection) into a structural unit.
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chrisvek (5505) 2013-02-19 3:42
That's lovely vintage "things".Very good colors and amazing details.Great contrasts and ligthning too.Well done!
All the best
timecapturer (30342) 2013-02-19 5:18
Daniel (dkmurphys) will love this. It is an Italian icon and this is a fine tribute to these wonderful scooters. Composed and executed perfectly with execellent detail and light that brings out the character and charm of these machines superbly.
Regards - Brian.
Haymotion (2579) 2013-02-19 5:32
It's the best romantic scooter in the world..
With this, you are the king of the street :-)
SNOOP_Chan (3474) 2013-02-19 5:45
Hello Jason, this is quite a beautiful image. These small beauties are legends. Lovely pastel colors. Good angle on the shot. I love the one in the foreground, oriented to the eyesight, like presenting itself. Well done.
ikeharel (37378) 2013-02-19 8:06
Those are modern Vespa's, Jason.
I remember Vespas of the sixsties, looks almost the same, not much changed since, yet more fine "framed" body. The red one seems a bit older model.
Nice different colors, well in daylight and stand in tandem on display.
lousat (57704) 2013-02-19 8:42
Hi Jason,great capture of one of the symbols of italian industry,nice perspective and great pastel colors,very impressive exposure in this hard light of sun,nice shot from Ventimiglia,i know very well this border city!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Nicou (97775) 2013-02-19 8:43
fantastique captage de ces anciennes vespa merveilleuse compo et image de la nostalgie la belle époque de la vespa superbe.
Bravo et amitié
ktanska (21527) 2013-02-19 11:09
Excellent shot of these design classics. Background shadow ensures that nothing steals the attention. Nice selection of colours. Also interesting to see that they are all slightly different.
yquem46 (32295) 2013-02-19 11:23
You have all Italy in a single shot here !
Well spotted and nicely achieved
Best, have a nice day
rbassin (11153) 2013-02-19 11:27
ces vespa ont fière allure, belle prise de vue, bon cadrage et couleurs agréables.
emka (58194) 2013-02-19 23:51
Hi Jason, it is a gift for all Italian trekkers and not only for them. Wonderful composition of these scooter in nice colours along the diagonal At once I think about Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in Rome. They were the movies!
mirosu (5533) 2013-02-20 2:59
Excellent close-up image with excellent colors, in perfect light, excellent clarity and sharpness. I like the diagonal arrangement.
Gigidusud (8098) 2013-02-20 6:32
A typical Italian scene!Great capture of these colorful Vespa with nice framing.Love it!
Greeting from Marseille.
serp2000 (29242) 2013-02-20 21:45
I remember some negative emotions about Vespa design in my childhood, it seemed me like something old from 1950th...And I liked more creative ideas of 1980th.
But today I love these classic shapes, like a VW Beetle, for example. Just a spirit of the past.
dkmurphys (36831) 2013-02-21 6:19
A genuine Italian image! Wonderful capture of my favorite locomotion in the city. Good work!
macjake (39235) 2013-02-21 15:31
i saw this photo a few days ago and i really liked it then as I do now.
I think the key to it is how you have the 1 vespa turned to face us, while the others are minding their own business :)
the color difference in color is important too, all around a wickedly cool composition and idea.
danos (74056) 2013-02-26 4:15
nice the view of the colourful vespas as dominating the scene.I like the brilliant light and the vivid colours of them as making the image so effective and unique.
Noel_Byrne (7426) 2013-03-29 10:03
How cool to get them of all the colours sitting here like this, Vespa themselves couldnt ask for a better shot in an ad campaign. I really like that the one closest to us is facing the camera, almost lilkes its turning to look at the lense. Beautiful colours, and cool title which made me smile
All the best