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Editor VVC Journal

We are pleased to confirm that Paul Hart has agreed to be our Journal Editor w.e.f. 2018 Spring edition. Paul has been a member of the VVC  for a good many years and at one time was a committee member. In more recent years his dedication to Vespa has been expressed through his other interest in photography. He may be known to many of you as vespamore photography. More recently he has become a regular contributor of articles to the new ScooterNova magazine. We are pleased to welcome him on board. We are sure that he will bring his own style and innovation to the Journal and look forward to his Spring edition

Any budding writers out there?  Paul would be pleased to receive any contributions. Only good quality photos though please Reach him through the contact page.

Your questions answered on the ‘Structure of the Club’.

Following debate on Facebook there seems to be some misconceptions about the structure of the club and why we are a Members Only club.

Back in 2009 it was decided to form a Ltd Company VVC (UK)LTD t/a Veteran Vespa Club. This was done to protect all member’s personal liability. Without the Ltd Company members were individually and collectively liable should the club be sued.To protect our members we became a Ltd Co by Guarantee which means that each member has a liability of only £1. In other words your own assets are protected. At the same time the club and its Directors became members of the BMF (British Motorcycle Federation) which also gave members certain protection. Our Insurance also requires that we are a Members Only organisation, otherwise the policy costs escalate.

As a Limited Company we become liable to Corporation Tax. To aleviate this cost we have to be a Members Only club and have the status of a Mutual Association for tax purposes.

The moment we open our doors to everyone, all our dealings with non members, even on an occasional basis, become  liable to Corporation Tax. If we are seen to do this then we loose Mutual Association status. This could result in all membership fees, rally fees and shop prices increasing.  Because of our relatively strong financial base we could sustain losses for a few years but not continually.Our events are therefore all Members Only.

Also there has been debate about road events. In todays world we are governed by RAC/ACU rules. We are not able in law, to do the things that we did in the 60’s like good old fashioned timed road trials.

Contrary to any opinion this club does not have a rule book. What we do and how we operate is governed by  both the law and insurance requirements.  We do have a constitution which states what we are about as a club. As a Ltd Company we are also subject to Company law, Tax law and our Memorandum & Articles of Association.

The club decision to restrict Facebook to Member’s only was as a direct result of the man hours required to moderate  an open group, now a closed group and much more manageable.

 

 

New Dealer Discount

We are pleased to announce that James Barnett (VVC Member) of Classic Scooters UK Ltd has agreed to offer 5% Discount to all VVC members.

At Classic Scooters UK Ltd we buy and sell only AUTHENTIC Classic Vespa and Lambretta Scooters.

That means 5% off the advertised price of the scooter!

Please see Discounts page in Members Services section for full details. 29/08/2017

Recent Events

 

Newark Show January 2018 

A BIG thank you to all the “Team Scooteroller” for putting on a great display of Vespa scooters at the Newark Show and promoting the Veteran Vespa Club.
The response from the public, as well as fellow Scooter enthusiasts, was fantastic. It was great to see so many VVC members in attendance, especially some of the faces we don’t usually see at the VVC events.
We even had a wee laddy pose for a photo, who some members might have just heard mentioned a time or two,

Stratford-upon Avon Rally May 2018

Thank you to Stephanie and Leslie Smith for organising a great rally through memorable Cotswold scenery

 

Vespa World Days Belfast 14th June 2018

Although the weather was not co-operating initially with high winds delaying the opening of the rally, all went well from there on. A turnout of around 3000 riders, some memorable ride-outs, particularly to Carrickfergus on Saturday, and a well organized rowdy gala meal. A big thank you to all involved in the organisation of such a complex event.

 

“Go n-eiri an bothar leat” as we learnt in County Wicklow 19th June 2018. To translate from the Gaellic “May the road rise to meet you” and it certainly did with some spectacular riding through the Wicklow mountains and contrasting visits to a sinister gaol and a medieval monastery. Having organised a micro-brewery on-site was a master stroke, a big thank you to the ever enthusiastic Irish branch of the VVC.

 

Essex Veteran Vespa Club Two Day Ride-out 7th July 2018

Roy Puttock comments “Thanks for a fantastic weekend organised by the fabulous Warren and Hayley Jopson, they were hosts with the most, from breakfast and coffee on tap and I’m told, cold beers after the informal Italian restaurant meal, and Warren, that workshop and your scooter collection are to die for.

 

Sundaybest Scooterfest Abridge 8th July 2018

The VVC set up its stall by 10am and was joined by the Essex Veteran Vespa club ride-out at around 11.15 to make an impressive display which resulted in being awarded ‘best turned out club’ by the organisers. VVC member Roman Meir also bagged awards for ‘Best Vespa in Show’ and ‘Furthest Travelled’

 

VVC Store

SALE ITEMS IN CLUB STORE

Members may purchase pale blue t shirts and polo shirts at 50% discount whilst stocks last.  End of line.

23/10/2017 Some older Cog Badges have been discounted by 50% to clear stock

LAKES 2017 & MILTON KEYNES 2017 COG BADGES

There are a number of these available in the club shop at £20

DVD’s of Exmoor & Lakes now available in shop