VCOS is Changing: Update

As we mentioned in our previous post, Vespa Club of Seattle is changing. We’ve had some discussions on what we want the VCOS to be. Here are some of the changes that we’ve decided to make:

  1. We’ve essentially decided to throw out the bylaws, so instead of specific officers with specific roles, we’ll have a committee handle the administrative aspects. Committee might not be the right word. It’s more like whoever wants to help out or add their thoughts to the discussion is welcome. No commitment. Just come and add to the discussion. We plan to meet once a month to talk about what we want to do.
  2. The VCOS Members Only Facebook group is now set to “public”. No more trying to monitor who is a member or not. Anyone can “like”/”join” it. (Come like our page, too, to stay up on announcements!)
  3. No more membership dues. The Club is open to anyone. If you want to buy a patch, leg shield banner, etc. Great! We’ll be posting the Club merchandise in the future on the VCOS website. For now, we’re only able to sell Club stuff in person, nominally at the rides/meeting ups.
  4. No more boring members’ meeting. Instead, we are going to have a ride/meet up each month. Watch for events on the VCOS Facebook page and the website.
  5. It costs around $420 a year to maintain the website, domains, and PO box. We plan to use the merchandise sales and seek sponsors to cover the costs.

Feel free to come join our next meeting to help steer the club! Check out the calendar or Facebook page for dates, or speak up in the Facebook group.

VCOS is Changing

As our ways of communicating and associating has evolved, so has the VCOS decided it was time to evolve. We have decided to restructure, and to relook at how we function and provide fun and activities for the members. This may take some time to resolve all the details, but we feel it will be a better, more fun club. An initial change is that we will no longer have the structured VCOS Members meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at Café Racer. Instead, for now, we invite everyone to the weekly Thursday evening happy hours (5-8 PM) at Seattle Tavern & Pool Room in Georgetown (5811 Airport Way S, Seattle) set up by Brandon of Los Gatos Gordos SC.

Scooter Auction at Amerivespa

Official press release:
The Vespa Club of America is very pleased to announce a huge scooter auction happening at the end of our national scooter rally Amerivespa Seattle July 6-9. One of our long time members and supporters is auctioning off their huge collection of mostly Vespas, both new and old, Lambrettas and a lot of funky other bikes. Many desirable bikes in this nearly 200 bike auction. More details can be found at . A full catalog of bikes should be up by May 12.  While there will be a live bidding site we hope you will join us for a fun filled weekend in our 25th anniversary celebration. Then you can take home your new acquisition(s).  Hope to see you at Amerivespa!

Amerivespa 2017

Amerivespa 2017 is coming to Seattle July 6-9!

Vespa Club of America (VCOA)​ is pleased to announce that the site of Amerivespa 2017 scooter rally will be in Seattle, WA on July 6th – 9th, 2017.  Jointly hosted by the Vespa Club of Seattle (VCOS), Amerivespa Seattle will be four days of scootering fun for scooter enthusiasts and the general public. Whether you call us: Jet City, Tech City, or Coffee City ­ there is no denying that Seattle is one  one of the nation’s premier tourist destinations.  The moderate weather allows for riding year round, and a unique geographic location makes for a recipe that equals an ideal location to celebrate and promote motor scootering in the USA.

Amerivespa is the largest annual motor scooter rally in the United States and typically brings over 600­800 scooter enthusiasts from all over the USA, Europe, Canada, Asia, Mexico, and Australia. With its additional draw as a central tourist destination, Seattle could conceivably bring over 1,000 attendees. VCOA is a non­profit organization whose members are dedicated to riding motor scooters, and is a society for people who share the passion of vintage and modern scooters.  Approximately 70% of the scooters originally sold in the United States were Vespas.  However, many members also own Lambretta, Cushman, Heinkel, Zundapp, and other makes. VCOA supports the use of the scooter as an energy­ efficient vehicle and economical mode of transportation that conserves fuel, reduces traffic congestion, and treads lightly on the overworked road system.  While its origins are rooted on the iconic Vespa scooter, the VCOA welcomes all scooter enthusiasts regardless of what they ride.

For more info about tickets, lodging and all info, check out the official Amerivespa website:

Insanity 28 is ready to roll!

Scooter Insanity is one of the largest and longest running gatherings of scooter enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest. Come and experience the flavor of a different country with every event! Follow Scooter Insanity #28 on Facebook for up-to-the-minute details.

Rally Packs

Pre-sale of rally packs is now over. If you pre-ordered your rally pack, you can pick it up at Pono Ranch Thursday night, or at most of the meet-and-greets (see the itinerary below for rally pack pick-up locations). If you didn’t pre-order, you can purchase a rally pack for $15 in cash. Rally Packs include patches, keychains, stickers and an awesome passport you can get stamped at each event. Find Kristin Donovan, Michael Schwakopf or Susan Richardson and we’ll hook you up. You can shoot an email to with any questions, or post to the Insanity Facebook Event page.


7:00 PM – Meet & Greet at Pono Ranch
Pono Ranch | 4502 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 | (206) 258-2162 | MAP & DIRECTIONS
» Pick up rally bags

8:30 pm – Sunset Ride to Alki
RIDE through the beautiful sunset to Alki in West Seattle. Led by VCOS President Kelly Ward, assisted by the Sirens Moto Club

10:00 PM – Bonfire on Alki
Alki Beach | 1702 Alki Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116 | MAP & DIRECTIONS
Mod-style Bonfire on Alki Beach, s’mores and more! Hosted by the Westenders SC


10:30 AM – Meet & Greet at Bakery Nouveau (Cap Hill)
Bakery Nouveau | 137 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 | (206) 858-6957 | MAP & DIRECTIONS
» Pick up rally bags

11:30 AM – RIDE led by the Hooligans SC

1:00 PM – Eat and mingle at Hamilton Viewpoint Park
Hamilton Viewpoint Park | 1120 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116 | MAP & DIRECTIONS

2:00 pm – RIDE some more!

3:00 pm – Ride ends at Naked City | 8564 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, WA 98103 | (206)783-4004 | MAP & DIRECTIONS
Food, drinks, and mingling.

5:30 – 7:30 PM – Meet & greet at the Waterwheel
Waterwheel Lounge | 7034 15th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98117 | (206) 784-5701 | MAP & DIRECTIONS
» Pick up rally bags

7:30 PM – RIDE led by the F**k Yeah SC

8:30 PM – Ride ends at the Rickshaw
Rickshaw | 322 N 105th St. Seattle, WA 98133 | (206) 789-0120 | MAP & DIRECTIONS
Join the F**k Yeah’s for Japanese Karaoke, Filipino style!


10:00 AM – Coffee and donuts at Hummingbird
Hummingbird Saloon | 5041 Rainier Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118 | MAP & DIRECTIONS
» Pick up rally bags
Coffee sponsored by Ken Anderson of Hummingbird Saloon and donuts provided by the Bad Bettys

11:30 AM – RIDE led by the LGGs
RIDE around Seattle, Mexican style! – led by Los Gatos Gordos SC

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – An afternoon at Jose Rizal Park
Jose Rizal Park | 1008 12th Ave S Seattle, WA 98144 | MAP & DIRECTIONS
German-style BBQ with brats, sauerkraut and more – sponsored by Big People’s Scooters and Ice Cream provided by Full Tilt Columbia City

2:30 – 3:30 Scooter Photo Shoot
Professional pictures of you and your scooter with beautiful downtown Seattle as your backdrop, provided by VCOS photographer Don Milgate

  • Show & Shine – very cool trophies: Best Vintage, Best Modern, Best Brap, and People’s Choice.
  • Gymkhana & Games: Slow Ride, People Pile-on competition, Scoot ‘n’ Skewer jousting match
  • Raffle
  • Other shenaningans

5:00 – Social activites wind down
You are free to enjoy the fireworks or do whatever strikes your fancy.


10:30 AM – Meet, greet & eat at Skylark
Skylark Cafe | 3803 Delridge Way SW Seattle 98106 | (206) 935-2111 | MAP & DIRECTIONS

12:00 – RIDE led by the SODs
RIDE with the Popes, Italian-style – led by the Soldiers of Destiny SC

1:00 – 1:15 – Refreshments at Yardum Pub
Yardum Pub | 812 S 230th St Des Moines, WA 98198 | (206) 824-2780 | MAP & DIRECTIONS

2:00 – 3:00 RIDE back to Seattle

3:15 – Ride ends at Cask & Trotter
Cask and Trotter | 711 Westlake Ave N Seattle, WA 98109 | (206) 453-4756 | MAP & DIRECTIONS
The Soldiers of Destiny have a member who is fundraising for his climb up Mt. Rainier to benefit breast cancer. And the US Women’s National Team Championship for the World Cup will be playing, too!

Okay – you can go home now. Hope you had fun!