The Early Years of Vespa Club of Seattle
In the late 1990s, several Seattle scooterists started talking about forming an official, overarching scooter club for all Seattle scooter riders. A lot of hard work culminated in the first official meeting of the Vespa Club of Seattle in October of 1999. Over 50 people in attendance elected the officers and decided on the yearly dues.
A lot of energy and ideas went into the first year – the most important of which was getting the club officially sanctioned by the FIV. Draft bylaws were written establishing the officers’ duties and responsibilities. A web page was started, and a quarterly newsletter was created and distributed to the members. A classic, European-style logo was designed, and patches, pins and leg shield badges were made.
The traditional Seattle Scooter Insanity Rally, previously run by some of the originating members, was handed over to the club to organize. A successful Insanity 13 was held in July of 2000 with bands, food and full color T-shirts and rally patches. This exposure resulted in the club being invited to have a display at the Seattle Italian Concourse show in August.
Per our draft bylaws, we elected new officers in October 2000, and forged ahead into our second year. The bylaws were officially approved and put under formal voting and revision control. The club was invited by the International Motorcycle Show to do a large display at their December 2001 show in Seattle. A vintage “50 years of Vespa” theme was created, with a booth set up so the general public could get their picture taken with Santa on a P200E with a sidecar.
During the winter of 2000, there was a lot of coordination with the other NW clubs to publicize each other’s summer rallies and to get transportation and lodging coordinated.
VCOS organized the Seattle Insanity Rally in July 2001. A web page was set up, and one of our talented members posted a cartoon short of our scooter oddity Martian flying to the rally. Postcards were distributed via Scoot Quarterly, and to just about every scooter club in Oregon, Washington, most of California, British Columbia. The big event was Saturday night, when the Experience Music Project Rock and Roll museum lined up several known bands and sponsored the party.