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Vespa Parade in Paris Sept. 2018



In June 2015 the “ Vespa Club Ile-de-France” was born from the ashes of the defunct “Vespa Club Paris75” and organised its first Vespa Parade Paris in September 2015. 




On Saturday 15th September 2018, the « Vespa Club Paris Ile-de-France », at the invitation of the « Vespa Club de France » and our sponsor « La Clinique du Scooter », took part in this year’s « Vespa Parade Paris ». In glorious sunshine and on the back of 3 hugely successful events over the last 3 years, more than 180 Vespas and twice as many scooter fans came along on the Saturday morning to the “MotoPlex Clinique du Scooter” shop, situated at 137 Boulevard de l’Hopital in Paris, to show off their machines and to present the free breakfast. 





A number of magnificent scooters, from the oldest model dating back to 1946, right up to the latest models in the new range. All engine sizes and colours were present, parked out on the “Boulevard”. With the variety of registration plates, it was plain to see they had come, not only from Paris and it’s suburbs, but from the rest of France, as well as Belgium and the UK. Each year this event has grown in size from the sixty scooters in 2015, to 110 in 2016, 150 last year… with this year the largest so far…



All morning, Vespas continued to arrive, as the admiring Parisians looked on. The owners were treated to a great breakfast. It was also possible to join the «Vespa Club de Paris Ile-de-France» on site and get a goodie bag from our sponsors. This year the staff at Wheelsecure.com put on a demonstration of their anti-puncture device. Once all the participants had checked in, the start of the «Vespa Parade Paris» was close. Each entrant was automatically entered into the tombola, which was to be drawn after the ride out and comprised of numerous prizes donated by our many sponsors, who had generously supported the event: Piaggio/Vespa France, SIP-Scootershop, Tucano Urbano, WheelSecure, Vulcanet, Belstaff, Helmo Helmets, Three-Stroke Productions, Scootering Magazine, Wild Magazine. And so it was that just before lunch when the 180 Vespas were started up and left in a convoy for the ride out along the main Paris Boulevards, the Left Bank of the Seine, the Right Bank of the Seine, taking in the «Ile de la Cité», before making a stop at the “Invalides” for a quick photo; and finally descending onto the quayside in front of the Eiffel tower. Tourists and Parisians alike were amazed by our convoy of Vespas, which on this the “French Heritage Day”, saw us follow the three wheeler “Vespa Ape Calessino” leant to us by Sofian from Clinique du Scooter, and from which George of “Ghost Phjotography” was able to immortalise this hugely colourful procession! 





We then looped back along the river Seine, finally parking our Vespas along side the narrow boat café/bar «Le Bal de la Marine», which is moored right by the Eiffel Tower. Here the participating scooterists were able to get a copious meal and where we held the draw for the tombola. It was our youngest Vespa fan Lucien, who got to ride in a side-car with his father Paulo, a member of Paris’ Vulcan SC, who undertook the draw for us to determine the lucky winners of the 60 or so prizes.



Once again, the Vespa Parade Paris had been a superb event. The Vespa scooter is an inescapable part of Paris, whether they are from the 50/60/70/80/90 or more recent models, whether they have small or powerful engines. We thank the Vespa riders who rode with us, and for their continued support for our club ! All future events held by the Vespa Club Paris Ile-de-France will be announced on our Facebook page, which we invite you to join, and to discover the 300 or more photos of the Vespa Parade Paris 2018… So come along and join us, show that we exist and that we are the life and heart of Paris!



Lionel - President of «Vespa Club Paris Ile-de-France»




All pictures can be found here on flickr, credits to photoprapher Floppy Du Wood



Video of the VESPA PARADE PARIS 2018:





Eingetragen Sep 21 2018, 12:55 von Ralf

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