Ask Vittorio! | EDITORIAL
Vittorio Tessera is an interesting fellow and we are offering SLUK readers an exclusive chance to give us questions to pitch to him during an interview to take place this coming weekend at the BSSO racing round at Lydden Hill in Kent.
Who is Vittorio Tessera?
He is well-known throughout the Lambretta world as the man entrusted by the Innocenti family to look after not only the paper archives of Lambretta production, but also many historic factory prototypes such as the two twin-cylinder prototypes produced by Centro Studi.
Vittorio’s interest in scooters does not stop at Lambretta however. His museum in Rodano near Milan is filled with every type of important scooter from across the planet; the rarer the better.
Lambretta however was always his main speciality. He’s written numerous books on the marque and restored innumerable scooters. From his frustration at the lack of parts available to restore old scooters the Casa Lambretta business was born, with a view to producing as many different parts as possible to help keep old scooters on the road.
In the last couple of years though, demand for upgraded parts has lead to the set-up of Casa Performance: a business aimed at satisfying the popular demand for tuning parts, not only for Lambretta but also Vespa. The Casa Performance range, developed with RLC, has recently spawned some of the most advanced products ever developed for Lambretta.
To promote these tuning parts Casa Performance entered and won the European Scooter Challenge (ESC) at their first try, and this year the team are attempting to pull off the same coup in the British BSSO series.
All this is a long way from our first meeting in 1989 when he was beginning his oddball scooter collection and restoring Lambrettas at his home.
With such a long and varied history in the scooter scene, there are innumerable questions people must have. Please forward your questions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 15/07/2106 or post them in the comments section below.
Here are a few potential subjects to get you started:
- Vintage scooter museum.
- Items from the Innocenti archive/records.
- Prototype scooters/Lambretta.
- Casa Lambretta and its products.
- The developments of Casa Performance products.
- Involvement with scooter racing.
- Vittorio’s intention to remake ‘every’ part of a Lambretta including complete frames.
- Parts you would like made or improved.