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Vespa World Day: Giant gathering floods lake for party

  • Rooting for scoots – world’s biggest Vespa party
  • More than 5000 gathered a Hungarian lake
  • There’s an army out there – riding scoots
VESPA FANS ON THE ROAD – JUST AS FANATICAL OF MOTOR-CYCLE RIDERS: Image: Supplied

ZANKA, Hungary – The 13th edition of Vespa World Days has just ended here, a feature of the global motorsport action that is described as ”the most important global gathering of Vespa Clubs”.

The event is said to attract Vespa enthusiasts from all over the world (The Corner would love to hear from anybody who went from South Africa).

It’s held next to Balaton Lake and described as ”three days of friendship, adventure and love for the most famous scooter in the world, a true symbol of Italian technology, elegance and style”.

A REAL TWO-WHEELED GATHERING: This is what 5000 Vespa enthusiasts from all over Europe look like. Can any of the big-bike crowd compete?  Image: Supplied

More than 3500 Vespa ( it means wasp in Italian) paraded through the streets of Zanka in every version and from every era thanks to the 5000 Vespisti who rode from 40 nations to represent as many national Vespa clubs not only from all over Europe but also from Hong Kong, Canada, Israel, Japan, The Philippines, Australia and Indonesia.

In 2020 there will be two Vespa World Days events: one in Guimarães, Portugal, from July 2-5 and in Bali, Indonesia, from July 23-25.

EASY-TO-RIDE AND ELEGANT

The Vespa World Days are held every year under the auspices of the Vespa World Club, established in 2006 and the successor to what was once Vespa Club d’Europe and later the International Federation of Vespa Clubs.

VESPA: Image: Supplied

”The modern functions,” The Corner was told, ”celebrate the legendary Vespa, the unique scooter capable of transcending its function as an easy-to-ride and elegant vehicle ideal for any daily commute to become a truly international brand which embodies the universal values of youth, style and liberty.”

PAMPERED BY MILLIONS

Vespas have, since the very first back in 1946, been assembled with steel bodies and panels – including the current Vespa Primavera and Vespa GTS – which have weathered the test of time with millions still on the road all over the world,

Restored, cared for and pampered, millions of Vespas have become beloved objects today, often passed down from father to son.

READ MORE Vespa features on Carman’s Corner

In 70 years of life, the Vespa has not only become the most popular and best-selling scooter in the world (more than 18 million across five continents) but established as a cultural phenomenon that has united generations from countries and continents far from one another in a common passion.

”Vespa and the love of its fans were practically born together,” The Corner was told. ”So much  so that many owners, as early as 1946, formed associations: that’s how the first Vespa Clubs were born. There are now 49 associated with the Vespa World Club.

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