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: https://www.amerivespa.net/
Join VCOS member DJ El Hefe & the rest of the VCOS club for Rolling Old School, Jan. 16, 8pm at 418 Public House in Ballard. DJ El Hefe & DJ Cucuy spinning ALL VINYL Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and Freestyle from the 80’s and 90’s.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or post to the Insanity Facebook Event page.
THURSDAY – JULY 2
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
FRIDAY – JULY 3
11:30 AM – RIDE led by the Hooligans SC
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.
7:30 PM – RIDE led by the F**k Yeah SC
SATURDAY – JULY 4
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
- Other shenaningans
5:00 – Social activites wind down
You are free to enjoy the fireworks or do whatever strikes your fancy.
SUNDAY – JULY 5
12:00 – RIDE led by the SODs
RIDE with the Popes, Italian-style – led by the Soldiers of Destiny SC
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!
While everybody is looking ahead to the spring rally/riding season (and enjoying this beautiful weather!), I figured now would be a good time to post a video from the 2014 “Seattle Santarchy” to highlight one of the good times in SOD-ville from this past winter. 🙂
Cheers to a fun 2015 of riding & friends!
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