If you’ve not seen Paolo Catani’s brilliant Racing Lambretta’s website, then you’re in for a treat. Online since 2000 and recently rebuilt with more exclusive and unseen photos from his personal collection, it is possibly the most comprehensive historical Lambretta racing resource on the net. Packed with loads of information, old & new photos, historical events and technical information it is the must go to site for any vintage racing scooter enthusiast.
Paolo’s love affair with Lambretta’s, like many of us, started in 1980, when he first saw Quadrophenia. In 1982 he swapped his Piaggio moped with a local mechanic for his first Lambretta, an LI 125 S3 which he still owns. Since then his collection has grown considerably ranging from a 1951 Lambretta C Racer, TV 200, SX200, DL200 Electronic and a SX200 with Watsonian sidecar. This isn’t to mention his previously owned scooters. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Paulo several times over the years, once at the Isle of Wight Scooter rally & when he worked at Rimini Lambretta. Paolo’s knowledge is so extensive, I’d go so far as to say what he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. This is reflected in the amount of information that can be found on his website.
You’ll find articles on Supertune machines, Arthur Francis, Ancillotti Lambretta’s and how to start scooter sprinting. The gallery contains many unseen images from the halcyon days of scooter racing, the likes of the Manchester Lyons, Arnaldo Argilli and the Isle of Man Scooter Holiday Week. Enjoy!