Day 1 – Thursday, July 3rd
Our first day of Scooter Insanity 27 started out at Pono Ranch in Ballard were we had a huge turnout and enjoyed delicous appetizers on their outdoor patio. People mixed and mingled and picked up their rally packs, which were stuffed to the gills with great stuff. Big thanks to Alex from FIAT Kirkland for sponsoring the delicious food and for Pono Ranch for taking such great care of us. We’ll definitely be back! We also want to thank Darcy of the MetroBetties for making delicious lemon cupcakes.
After the meet and greet, Kelly led us on a kick-ass night time ride around the city, eventually ending up at Shadowland in West Seattle. Huge thanks Kelly for leading such an exhilarating ride, which it will undoubtedly be talked about for years to come.
Day 2 – Friday, July 4th
The second day of Insanity started out in Georgetown where we had breakfast at the Square Knot. After an excellent pre-ride meeting for Sugarbear’s Magical Mystery Ride we headed out for a great scoot to the vintage races and fireworks stand in Auburn. Big thanks to Sugarbear and Kelly for putting it all together, it was a fun day.
In the evening we had another big crowd at Cafe Racer where friends old and new mixed and mingled and waited patiently for the scooter raffle hosted by Vespa Lynnwood. In the end Kurt was the big winner, and Francesca won $1000 worth of Vepsa Lynnwood merchandise! We can’t thank Vespa Lynnwood enough for hosting this raffle as part of Scooter Insanity and for being so generous to Treehouse. After the raffle the F**k Yeah Scooter Club took us on a wild, twisty, night time ride around the city, winding up at the Rickshaw for some “questionable” karaoke. Great ride with great people! Thank you so much FYSC, it was fantastic.
Day 3 – Saturday, July 5th
On the morning of day three of Insanity we had a great turnout at the FuseBox and Seattle Used Bikes. Skillet food truck put on a yummy breakfast and then Los Gatos Gordos led us on a wild ride around Seattle. Thanks so much LGG, you guys are always there for the scooter community.
The BBQ served up by Vespa Lynnwood was fantastic as was the delicious ice cream provided by Full Tilt. Rob Hodge organized the Gymkhana and scooter games, including a pile-on event which was one of the funniest things we’ve seen in a long time. Thanks to everyone who risked their lives and scooters in order to participate! Thanks to Throttle Gods for sponsoring the Gymkhana and to PEMCO for taking our scooter “prom” pictures and to Accutint and Metro Auto Rebuild for letting us use their space. We also want to thank the clubs who set up booths, especially the Firkins for their Fireball slushies, as well as the Hell’s Fairies, SODs, FYSCs, Westenders, Betties and VCOS.
The event at Slim’s was a lot of fun and people really got in to the trivia contest and the raffle. Congrats to the SODs for winning the trivia contest (much to everyone’s great surprise, we might add!) And thanks to everyone involved in setting up the raffle prizes, especially Suz and Bridget for acquiring the prizes and to the Solo Ninos who drew the winners, it was fantastic. After the raffle we enjoyed some great music by local bands, the Moonspinners and Bandolier, sponsored by Big People Scooters.
For those still standing at 1:00 am, there was an afterparty at the 2% Compound in Georgetown. We are still getting reports in, but it sounds like a great time was had by all who attended. Huge thanks to Jessie of the 2% Scooter Club for allowing us to crash your backyard! Also a big thanks to Ginger and VCOS for supplying the beer, firewood and schmores.
Day 4 – Sunday, July 6th
On Sunday, our fourth and final day of Insanity, we had a big crowd at the Sorrento Hotel where we enjoyed breakfast and socializing on their outdoor Piazza. It was great seeing everyone in their Sunday finest and looking and acting like nice ladies and gentlemen! Big thanks to the Sorrento for taking such good care of us, it was lovely! We also want to thank VCOS’ own, Don and Nancy Milgate for taking professional photos of us and our scooters in front of the Sorrento fountain. That was a lot of work and we appreciate you so much for doing it.
After brunch we look off in a cloud of smoke and cacophany of horns and were led out of the city and into the countryside by the Soldiers of Destiny Scooter Club, who managed to keep us together all the way out to Snohomish and back. We had a wonderful lunch at Trails End Taphouse and then headed back to the city along the coast and finally ended up at the Nickerson Street saloon for one last pint and our goodbyes. Big thanks to the SODs for hosting such a great ride, we really appreciate you and your enthusiasm for scooting (and for life!)
We especially want to thank the following clubs for their support and participation in Insanity 27: Los Gatos Gordos SC, F**k Yeah SC, Soldiers of Destiny SC, Hooligans SC, MetroBetties SC, Hell’s Fairies SC, Solo Ninos SC, Bad Betty’s SC and the Sirens.
And lastly, thank you to the Scooter Insanity 27 committee who did such an outstanding job of putting it all together with style and grace: Rob Hodge, Suz James, Christopher Nora, Bridget Jarvimaki, Mark Jarvimaki, Blair Stacks, Kristin Donovan, Ray Wyland, Kelly Ward, Don Milgate, Joel Seymour, Richard Newland, Ellen Hodge, Nancy Milgate, Bill Metteer, Meredith McGuire and the Solo Ninos Scooter Club. We could not have done it without you, nor would we want to!
And so closes another epic Scooter Insanity.
See you next year at Scooter Insanity 28.
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