Sponsored by Vespa Club of America (VCOA), the largest annual motor scooter rally in the U.S. expects to host up to
1,000 scooterists June 6-10
RICHMOND, VA – March 2, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Vespa Club of America (VCOA) is pleased to announce that Amerivespa 2018 will be held in Richmond, Va., June 6-10. Jointly hosted by the 7 Hills Scooter Club and supported by more than 40 sponsors, Amerivespa 2018 will feature five days of scooter-related fun for registered enthusiasts as well as the general public.
Amerivespa – open to all scooterists, no matter what you ride – is the largest annual motor scooter rally in the United States and typically attracts 600-800 enthusiasts from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia. This year signifies the VCOA’s 26th year and Amerivespa’s 23rd national rally. Centrally located within the population-rich eastern United States, Richmond could expect more than 1,000 Amerivespa attendees.
- June 6 … Pre-rally shenanigans and a meet & greet at Scoot Richmond (217 W. 7th St., Richmond, Va. 23224)
- June 7 … Registration opens and rides leave from the Graduate Hotel (301 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Va. 23220) and an evening event at Maymont (1700 Hampton St., Richmond, Va. 23220)
- June 8 … Registration opens and rides leave from the Graduate Hotel, and an evening party at The Broadberry (2729 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 23220)
- June 9 … Rides leave from the Graduate Hotel and arrive at Richmond International Raceway – vendor exhibits, gymkhana and scooter judging, followed by the VCOA Annual Banquet and After-Party.
- June 10 … Breakfast and a raffle at Byrd Park (600 S. Boulevard, Richmond, Va. 23220), followed by an unofficial post-rally gathering.
Richmond’s chic Graduate Hotel (301 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Va. 23220) serves as the host hotel, place of registration and departure site for the daily rides.
Rides take place around the Richmond metro area and include trips to the Jamestown Settlement, Revolutionary War places of interest, Civil War places of interest, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Berkeley Plantation, as well as outings to craft breweries, antique shops, quirky boutiques and other notable locations in the area.
While the community is sure to notice more scooters on the streets of Richmond during the five-day event, the Graduate Hotel would serve as the best opportunity for the public to get a closer view of the many different variations of two-wheelers in attendance.
“There is no city in America where the incredible wealth of past and future weave together so effortless,” says Chelsea Lahmers, VCOA board member and Richmond native. “Scooterists from around the world are in for a serious treat when it comes to riding Richmond’s streets and experiencing the soul and personality of our unique city.”
Amerivespa is staged annually in different cities throughout the U.S. Past locales have included Springfield, MO, Manitou Springs, CO, Knoxville, TN, San Diego, CA, Oklahoma City, OK, Portland, OR, Madison, GA, Salt Lake City, UT, Cleveland, OH, Denver Colo., Seattle, WA, Chattanooga, TN, Los Gatos, CA, San Antonio, TX, New Orleans, LA, Lake Geneva, WI, Indianapolis, IN, and Memphis, TN.
ABOUT THE VESPA CLUB OF AMERICA
Vespa Club of America (VCOA) is a non-profit organization whose members are dedicated to riding motor scooters, and is a society for people who share the passion of vintage and modern scooters. While its origins are rooted in the iconic Vespa scooter, the VCOA welcomes all scooter enthusiasts regardless of what they ride. A proud affiliate of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), VCOA supports and encourages the use of the scooter as an energy-efficient vehicle and economical mode of transportation that conserves fuel, reduces traffic congestion, and treads lightly on the overworked road system. An annual fee of $35 garners membership in the VCOA.
Source: Vespa Club of America