As you may or may not recall, I am an active member of a vintage scooter club, The Rovers. This weekend marks one of my favorite times of the year. Our scooter club throws its annual scooter rally in the city of Detroit.
Almost every city that has a scooter club hosts a rally sometime during the year. A rally is simply a gathering of scooterists enjoying each other's company, going on a group scooter ride and possibly partaking in some adult beverages. You don't have to be a scooterist to attend a scooter rally. In fact, many non-scooterists BECOME scooterists simply from attending their first scooter rally. When the scooter bug bites, it bites hard. Come to a rally, enjoy the merriment of fellow foolish scooter fans and before you know it you could be scouring ebay or craigslist for your first bike (A word of advice, consult a scooterist before you make your first purchase. Especially if it is vintage. There are a lot of scooter scams out there).
Or, you can win your first bike! Every year, our club buys a scooter, fixes it up and raffles it off at the rally. This year we have a beautiful (AND RUNNING! – This is very important, as most vintage bikes quickly become a labor of love) Vespa Super Sport 180!
For the low, low price of a $1 raffle ticket, this bike could be yours! Exciting stuff!
But we don't host rallies for the money (most of the money we make goes toward next year's rally bike, or other aspects of rally planning) or for the glory of having ONE OF THE BEST SCOOTER RALLIES THIS SIDE OF THE MISSISSIPI. We do it because we love it. We do it to see some of the friends we've made by being a scooterist and attending other rallies. But most importantly, we do it because it's fun. If you're in Detroit this weekend, I highly suggest you stop by one of our events. If nothing else, you'll get to admire a diverse collection of vintage (and new) scooters. But you never know, you might just fall in love with the world of vespas.