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Small wheels – big ideas

Special show celebrates 70 years of scooter culture in Germany

Whether Vespa, Lambretta or Schwalbe – 70 years after the scooter wave first broke in Germany, the compact, agile two-wheelers are a firm feature on inner city roads. After the end of the Second World War, people bought scooters as substitutes for unaffordable cars. However, in the 50s and 60s, scooters quickly became cult objects for a whole generation.

“Scooters are definitely both nostalgic yet at the same time up-to-date means of transport”, says Frank Ruge, Project Manager of the Bremen Classic Motorshow. The two-wheeler special show displays the following exhibits from the beginnings of mass motorisation right up to the mobility we know today:
Stüdemann, Fibs (1951); Mayr, Mayr scooter (1952); Aermacchi, Cigno (1951); Bastert, one-track-auto (1952); Falz, Sibylle prototype (1953); Achilles, Sport (1954); Maico, Maicomobil combination (1954); Hoffmann, Vespa HC (1954); Glas, Goggo TA 54 (1954); Triumph, Tessy (1956); Zündapp, Bella R 154 K (1957); Heinkel, Touristi 103 A1 (1959); Lambretta, Skeleton (1964); Piaggio, Vespa V50 (1968); Piaggio, Vespa P 80 X (1983); Simson, Schwalbe KR 51/2 (1986); Honda CN 250 Helix (1996); BMW, C1 (2000).

And for a peek into the future of electric driving, visitors to the scooter special show can look forward to a BMW prototype under the title “Concept Link”. This exhibit will show how scooter culture is developing after 70 years.

Small wheels – big ideas