Roughly 700 keen Vespa and scooter enthusiasts gathered in beautiful Seattle, Washington, USA this year at the start of July for Amerivespa 2017, the US counterpart to Vespa World Days.
Not only was Amerivespa celebrated but also the 25th anniversary of the VCOA (Vespa Club of America). Amerivespa is the largest Vespa scooter rally in the USA with participants from the USA, Mexico and Canada. We accepted the Vespa Club of America’s invitation to be there live and get an idea of the spectacle for ourselves.
Even as we came into land we were given a hint of what awaited us: Seattle is surrounded by a landscape of many lakes, national parks, mountains and the sea, the ideal location for a scooter rally. It is precisely for this reason that the organiser VCOA in cooperation with local scooter clubs was offering various rides throughout the event. Starting with guided tours through the major city with approx. 700,000 inhabitants to day rides on Bainbridge Island as well as other sights and hotspots around Seattle, there was even plenty to see for locals. A colourful mixed bunch of modern and vintage models wound through Seattle and the surrounding area time and time again.
We exhibited our highlight products such as tubeless rims, digital tachos & rev counter, SIP road exhaust systems, the bag range and other new products on a small improvised SIP stand at the vendor show. Old friends and customers were welcomed to the stand with bright sunshine and blue skies. Other items on the programme included a custom show, pinstriping, live music, DJs and a gymkhana circuit that put the skills of several Vespa riders to the test.