Vespa Workshop: A visit to "Welfenland"

Created by Dietrich Limper at 12:06 on June 7, 2022

For our series "Sexiest Vespa Workshops" Jesco, Robert and Benet went to Lower Saxony to visit the Welfen Rollerklub in Braunschweig.

In the club's more than 200 square metre hall, we first meet Philip, who tells us a bit about the club's meeting place: "We work here, we drink here, we barbecue here - this is our big hobby room." And it has been for more than ten years. Before that, club life was decentralised, with everyone working away in their own garage or rented workshop. But when the offer for the current location came on the table, the members didn't have to think twice: they cancelled all other rental contracts and moved into the new hall together. There is plenty of space for scooters that are being worked on or hibernating during the winter. There are also six well-equipped workstations and a highlight is the club's own Amerschläger P4 dynamometer, which is regularly used at events and barbecues. So the life of the club now mainly takes place in and around the hall.

Of course, Jesco doesn't miss the opportunity to take a closer look at various unique pieces in the hall. A Spanish Lambretta SX 200 with a special Dazzle paint job. A very rare 1968 Vespa Sprint from German production, to which Jesco has a very special connection. Basti also presents us his "Untouchable" scooter with HR Giger-style paintwork and engravings. And, last but not least, Philip presents us with a relic from the 90s: his Vespa PX with water cooling and a cylinder "milled by Jesco".

A view into the hall of the RK Welfen

"Welfen" founding members Basti and Heiko can tell a lot about the history of the club. The two have known each other since 1985 and one year later they founded the club, making them one of the oldest clubs in the "scooter scene" in Germany. There were about 20 people at the start, and the first meeting followed a few months later. It was a wild time with teds, punks, skinheads and a few mods. And the "Welfen RK" in the middle of it all.

But the best way to see and hear all this is to watch the video we made for you. Have fun and we thank the "Welfen RK" for their hospitality and willingness to provide information.

Video: A visit to "Welfenland"

Dietrich Limper
Dietrich Limper

Dietrich is content editor at SIP Scootershop. He's also an avid geocacher, poker player and supporter of the not really successful football club Bayer Leverkusen.