“Vespa Club of America (VCOA) was formed as a club in 1992 for scooterists. While most of the members own and ride Vespa, VCOA recognizes the diversity of scooters and their owners. We are an American scooter community. Mission: VCOA promotes the interests of Vespa and scooter enthusiasts in the USA.”
Reading: Wide Magazine
September 2020 – In early September, the editorial staff of Wide magazine received the following e-mail from San Jose, CA, through Piaggio Group Americas, the Piaggio Group subsidiary company in the United States. It was from Josh Rogers, President of the Vespa Club of America, VCOA ( the national association that includes more than 30 clubs and which, in go, is part of the Vespa World Club ). Josh, who is VCOA president of the united states for 4 years, writes : “ It ’ sulfur fantastic to read news program from the United States published on Wide, and I ’ ll keep you up to date on our approaching initiatives and events. Every calendar month, we send a newsletter out to the more than 1,000 members of our Vespa Clubs ( editor ’ randomness note : but enthusiasts are estimated to be at least 30 thousand ) ”. Josh Explains : “ Our FB has 13,000 followers and our Amerivespa annual rally has 6,000 followers. The club at its stature had 3,500 members. A finish we are trying to get back besides ”. And we wish him to surpass this finish !
He continues : “ In our newsletter I constantly highlight articles of concern and news on Vespa and Piaggio scooters published in Wide, which I think is an information instrument that is a great resource here in the United States deoxyadenosine monophosphate well. I besides still have a few hard copies of the former versions of the Piaggio Group magazine, when it was printed … ” .
Josh Rogers highlights: “Vespa Club Austin, one of the new Vespa Club of America members, is doing an outstanding job promoting its team of enthusiasts. They recently organized a successful scooter ride in support of International Ladies Riding Day.” It’s a day dedicated to lady riders, but the boys are welcome too, as long as they are in the saddle… on the back!
We wish to thank Josh for his kind words about Wide magazine, the Piaggio Group house electric organ that has been published since 1993 and distributed in every country where the party has a presence. Since 2013, the magazine has been published in its on-line version and since 2017 in its multimedia mannequin, constantly updated and available on the Piaggio Group web site and on all the brand websites ( besides from a desktop or smartphone : wide.piaggiogroup.com/en ), in italian and in English, reaching more than 41 million readers all over the world in fair three years.
Josh ’ s words immediately raised big “ journalistic ” matter to, so we requested an interview to get to know him and the Vespa Club of America better. here are his responses .
Josh Rogers, President of VCOA, on the saddle of his Vespa Sei Giorni (a special edition that picks up the mantle and carries on the fascinating story of the 1951 Vespa Sport Sei Giorni).
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WHO IS JOSH ROGERS?
“ I ’ ve been riding Vespas since 1993. I published Scoot ! Magazine ( an 80 Page wide color bimonthly magazine ) from 2003-2011. I ’ m a husband, militant, and frump owner of a Bulldog and a Corgi. I ’ m an avid dining table crippled, and epicure. ”
WHEN DID YOUR PASSION FOR VESPA BEGIN?
“ Chicago 1990-ish, I saw my beginning Vespa, probably a Rally 200 with Chrome cowl. This was before the Internet, so it took a while to figure out what I saw. ”
AND NOW, 30 YEARS LATER, HOW MANY AND WHICH VESPAS DO YOU OWN?
And Josh unwraps a list that would be the envy of any collector : “ A 1980 P200, 2 1974 Primaveras, a ’ 61 GS 150 Cushman, a 1956 Ape big dipper, an SS 180, and the more late 2017 Vespa Primavera and the 2018 Vespa Sei Giorni special series .
Front shield of a vintage Vespa GS (called “Vespa Cushman” by enthusiasts like Josh), which was sold in the United States by Cushman Motors of Lincoln, Nebraska. Facebook pages like this one are dedicated to the model: www.facebook.com/cushmanvespags150vs5
And a Vespa 98 registered with the Registro Storico ( editor program ’ randomness note : Vespa Historical Register ). Thought to be the third oldest output Vespa hush existing. In addition, I have 6 other scooters from 1946-2013. ”
Josh Rogers’ extremely rare 1946 Vespa 98, on display in a museum in California.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MODEL?
“ I don ’ triiodothyronine very have a favored. they all have different uses. But if I had to choose, the 56 Ape. One of my beginning eBay purchases $ 1000 and I got all the parts I needed to restore it from Giorgio Notari for 5 million Lira back in the 90 ’ sulfur. ”
Editor ’ second note : Giorgio Notari is a long-familiar Ape and Vespa Italian refinisher .
Vespa memories: vintage adv in the United States.
WHICH VESPA CLUBS ARE CURRENTLY MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL U.S.A. VESPA CLUB?
“ There are 33 : albany ; Clovis CA ; Gem city rollers ; Hawaii ; Monterey ; Naples ; Nashville Snakes ; Sarasota ; Sherman Oaks ; Snakes SC ; SOCal chapter ; Sonoran Sunriders Scooter Club ; Thirty Days Scooter Gang ; Three Mile Island ; Twin Cities Vespa Club ; VC Chicago ; VC Connecticut ; VC Ft Meyers ; VC Miami ; VC New York City ; VC San Diego ; VC Seattle ; Vespa Club Austin ; Vespa Club Dallas ; Vespa Cub Houston ; Vespa Club New Hampshire ; Rose City Vespa Club ; Vespa Club Sacramento ; Vespa Club West Chester ; Vespohio ; Virginia Vespa and Lambretta baseball club ; Charlotte ; Vespa Committee of Washington DC Inc. And we are looking to add 10 more clubs in the occur year. ”
HOW DO YOU THINK THE VESPA FAN COMMUNITY HAS DEVELOPED IN THE STATES IN RECENT YEARS?
“ I think up until the pandemic people had started to move away from fraternal orders and other organized groups. That aside with a brand angstrom Iconic as Vespa I think people want to find people who besides like to ride. Riding culture is a very social event even though the act of ride is a very solo adventure. Clubs come and go of path and the VCOA is here to support clubs to help them survive. If you look at Facebook people are seeking out groups even virtually to feel a common sense of community and besides some folks don ’ t truly live near other Vespa owners so it ’ second hard. Another challenging aspect of course is getting the password out that there is this full culture of early riders. We ’ ve been pushing dealers to give out our membership trifold that has all the information that one would need to join the club/local cabaret. I think besides that if you are in the market for a scoter you want a Vespa Full check. It ’ s the most sleep together mark and to be honest Vespa has constantly had the best lines and design. ”
New 2020 : Vespa Primavera Sean Wotherspoon, signed by the celebrated american graphic designer .
IN YOUR OPINION, HAS THE PANDEMIC BROUGHT MORE PEOPLE CLOSER TO SCOOTERS FOR INDIVIDUAL MOBILITY?
“ Yes, I think sales are up as people move away from public transport. Which is interesting in the US because largely I think of lower economic classes using public conveyance and of path Vespa is a luxury sword. In a City like NY where there is good public transportation system all economic classes use the underpass arrangement. I besides think in a time of Shelter in Place tease can be very freeing both physically and emotionally. Again, ride is natural social distance. ”
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The numbers confirm Josh Rogers ’ public opinion : in the first six months of 2020 the Piaggio Group maintained a impregnable position in the north american motor scooter market with a partake of 23.9 %. The Group is besides busy consolidating its bearing in the motorcycle segment through the Aprilia and Moto Guzzi brands .
SAVE THE DATE – NATIONAL VESPA PARADE DAY: SUNDAY 27 JUNE 2021.
In the meanwhile, the Vespa Club of America has set the date for the big consequence – National Vespa Parade Day 2021 – on 27 June 2021, posting the official beat up poster on its social media channels. “ National Vespa Parade day was held in 10 cities this class 2020 – Josh explains – Which was down but largely due to covid 19 situation ”. next class, therefore, a relaunch of the event is expected with a great engagement of Vespa and scooters enthusiasts from all over the United States.
INFO : www.vespaclubofamerica.com
( In the background image, on right, of this article : dwelling page of the Vespa Committee Washington DC : vespacommittee.org – Photo Credit : Kevin Jiannotti ) .
VIDEO BY ANDREW DITTON – San Diego on a Vespa with Vespa Motorsport