Thursday, December 15, 2011

Vespa Monthery 1950

In order to promote the sporting image of the Vespa, Piaggio turned its attention to record breaking in the hope of reviving a glorious post-war tradition.
On April 7 1950, on France’s Monthery circuit, these riders took turns as the Vespa spent 10 consecutive hours acquiring 17 world records: over 1 hour (average speed 134 km/h); over 100 miles (average 129.7 km/h), 500 miles (average 123.9 km/h), 1,000 km (average 124.3 km/h), and over 10 hours during which the Vespa covered 1,049 km.

On a streamlined vehicle similar to this (the Vespa 125 Circuit alloy frame of 1949) rider Dino Mazzoncini also performed brilliantly in track races, most memorably in the head-to-head between Vespa and Lambretta that took place on the Genoa Circuit (Corsa Italia) and ended in a victory for Vespa in the motor class.
Engine: Two-stroke
Bore: 53 mm
Stroke: 56 mm
Displacement: 125 cc
Top speed: 136.92 km/h average
Suspension: front with coil spring, rear with rubber pad
Brakes: drums
Tires: 3.00-10 (for races) source :


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