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Amerivespa 2017

Happy Monday Slow Kids!

While perusing the interwebs about scooter related business, I came across this fun announcement: Amerivespa 2017

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July 6-9th in Seattle, WA

Celebrating 25 years of Amerivespa in the picturesque Seattle, this rally will include multiple opportunities for riders to mingle, shop, showcase their scoot, and take in all that is the Pacific Northwest with coffee and culture. If you’re a VCOA member, registration is $60 on average, and a bit more if you’re not a member.

See the website for the schedule of rides and other events.

Anyone planning on going? Let us know what your plan is and where you’re traveling from if you’re planning to make the trip. We’d love to know who is out there representing.


New Year, New Scooter Goals

Hello out there in cyberland!

While having a family and job can really take a toll on “free time”, the passion that is Scooter Culture is alive and well with our Gang.

My scooter-partner-in-crime has been exceedingly busy, as have I, with the usual time sucks. He’s got himself a snazzy Stella these days, and I’m still screwing with the Vespa that just will not live. I’ve got grand plans to take apart the motor to get that done right again. At the very least, she’s safe in my garage, awaiting some spare time to take out her heart for some surgery.  We’re getting there.

What’s cool is that a fellow from my day job is a scooter enthusiast as well. He’s the former owner of a little Honda Ruckus. Now that he’s got a scooter-enthusiast-buddy in me, he’s even more motivated to get riding again! SCORE!

So while we’re limping along through this lame excuse for a winter, we are making eversoslight progress around these parts.

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Keep your eyes on the road Slow Kids and see you on the flip side!

~wendE


A race that really raises the roof!

In Turin, Italy, the original Fiat automotive factory still sits.  It was at one point one of the largest automotive factories in the world, and had in it a unique problem:  In Turin, the population is so dense and the traffic so congested that Fiat had no space to test their products. 

Solution? build a track ON THE ROOF!!

Time has passed and Fiat no longer uses the factory, but Red Bull and their zany group of motor-driven marketers somehow got permission to run a scooter race on TOP of the factory on the old track.  Participants had to pass a “mechanical” test before being allowed to race by testing their skills with a front tire removal and replacement.  The slowest 50 were eliminated, while the fastest 100 were then allowed to continue on with the actual race portion of the competition.  After each lap, the slowest rider was eliminated until there remained a single one. 

Congratulations to Giacomo Tiberti of Tuscany!  (A Vintage Vespa rider as well)

Vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters were in attendance, but not much mention of other makes.  No word on if this will remain a seasonal event.  If so… I think I know where the next Slow Kids Scooter Gang field trip is going to be!

Here’s the original article for more pictures.