News & Events
VVC News & Events
EVENTS ARE LISTED ON A SEPARATE PAGE Click here
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There is some information about 2015 Events on the EVENTS Page.
Vespa World Days 2016
We understand from a reliable source that the 2016 venue in the south of France is still not confirmed. It is expected the French will provide requested information in the next seven days! be assured when we know we will get it published here. WHAT THIS SPACE!!
1971 Vespa Sprint for sale
While on holiday, a cottage nearby had a nice looking sprint in a shed, although I did not meet the owner I have had an e mail from him. He is not a VVC member and has a collection of Lambrettas. He did some work on the Vespa for a friend and it is now for sale, he wants it to go to a good home so does not want to advertise on e-bay. The engine is a LML150 five port. If your interested e mail the membership Secretary with your contact details and I'll try and link you up. If I had room I'd have it myself.
Notice Of 2015 AGM
The VVC committee are pleased to announce the 2015 AGM. This will take place at the Angel Hotel in Leamington Spar please follow the link for full details and booking instructions.
VVC 2015 AGM. 2014 Accounts & 2014 Minutes. click here
NEW ITEM IN CLUB SHOP. VVC Neck Warmer @ £6.
Members may purchase this in the club shop/members area.
Capel Manor Enfield 2015
The club had a stand, thankfully the weather turned out fine. An opportunity to meet old and new members.
Vespa World Days Croatia 2015
Bob Box, Roger Smith, Warren Jopson, and Peter Harris all rode to Croatia for Vespa World days, three of them were on 1950's GS150's. they have hundreds of stories to tell, these will appear in the Journal some time soon, in the mean time below is a link to our photbucket site with Bobs pictures of this epic event, well done you guys!
Croatia World Days click here
Ashfields Rally another great event
Once again the sun shone on our summer rally, this ensured a great time was had by all who attended. On the Friday we had a nice ride out to Malden where there were a number of old wherries moored along the key. On Saturday we were due to ride to Newmarket but sadly on route one of our riders crashed and suffer a rather nasty foot injury. For the first time in club rideout history an ambulance was called. A small group was left with the injured rider while the rest of us rode to what should have been our afternoon stop. The pub pull all the stops out and got us fed so thanks to them. Meanwhile back at the crash the air ambulance was called. These guy do a great job, there was a whip round on Saturday night and we raised more the £200 for them. The injury sustained should make us all think about what we wear when riding our scooters, the club can only recommend not dictate, however the recommendation is always at least strong jeans and ankle length boots. Those going to Bruge will be required by law to wear boots. The band for Saturday night was fantastic and soon had us all up and dancing. Sunday saw the gymkhana, this was fairly well attended and was enjoyed by riders and spectators alike. the results were as follows:
1st: Warren Jopson
2nd Roger Green
3rd William Rondalez
1st Warren Jopson
2nd Roger Green
3rd Bob Box
Furthest Travelled: Graham Willmott (Wales)
Best in show: Peter Hanman GS 160
Unrestored: CNH 41C Leslie Smith
Pre Suffix: WTC 351 Warren Jopson
GS 160 YNF 328A Peter Hanman
SS 180 CBU91B Bob Box
Post Suffix CBU 91B Bob Box
Post 1970 LG52 PYZ Alan Springall
We were all very sad to here the news that Roger Smith and Veronica had had a bad car crash close to their home. They needed to be cut out from their car and Roger suffer a broken Femur and Veronica severe bruising and cuts and abrasions. Our best wishes go out to them both for speedy recovery. Roger had only recently return from a successful Vespa Word Days trip where he rode a GS150 all they way from his home to Crotia and back Epic !!! a full article on the event will be in the next journal. for picrures and video follow the link below
Ashfields Rally click here
Your Club Needs You
We operated the Buddy system for the first time at the Ledbury Rally and this proved very successful. However the pool of buddies is a bit small. We need more riders to volunteer for this, you will only need to do it once over the weekend, and it wont impact on your enjoyment of the ride out. Ideally it is best if solo riders volunteer for this role, this is simply because if your are helping to support a rider in trouble and get caught short, us men can easily pop behind a tree, our "scooter babes" will find this somewhat more difficult. So please come forward at our next rally and help, it will be very much appreciated by everyone.
We had a fantastic rally based in Ledbury, and enjoyed some very scenic rides around the Hereford area. On our first day we were greeted by the new town Major and the Town Crier, he certainly made our presence known (even though the blue smoke haze and overpowering smell of a two stroke engine was a dead give away). All together there were 53 machines on the ride out with quite a few GS150. Well done to Bill and Richard for organising another great event. Some pictures have
been posted on Photobucket Ledbury Pictures Click Here If you have any other pictures you would like added either send some to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note all accommodation available through the club is now booked, however you can still attend the rally but will need to book your own accommodation, bookings for the event are open until 31st July. See full details on Events page.
Rock Opera TOMMY at Blackpool Winter Gardens
The winter Gardens in Blackpool are putting on a live show of Tommy during this autumn. They have offered a group discount for the VVC at £25 per seat, with the option of parking scooters securely at the front of the venue. If there is any interest in this we would need a local member to co-ordinate with the management at the Winter Gardens and to be prepared to effectively run it as a VVC local event. The contact at the Winter Gardens is Sinead Bywater 01253 629666, email@example.com. If anyone takes this on it would be good if you could contact the club management via the web site, and after the event supply photos and/or a story to the journal editor.
VVC Health and Safety Policy 2015
The VVC health and safety policy has been updated to reflect the introduction of a "Buddy System" for ride outs. The link to this is as always at the bottom of the home page. Please take a minute to have look, if you would like to volunteer as a buddy any member of the committee would love to hear from you. Having a good pool will ensure we have great ride outs where we look after each other and above all HAVE FUN !!
SS180 & GS150 reach major milestone this year
2015 see the 50th and 60th anniversary of the iconic models SS180, and GS150. Remarkably many of these machines are still on the road and are loved and cherished by quite a few of our members. If you look on the events pages you will find information on a special SS180 day being organised for the spring. Also take a look at the SS180 and GS150 pages where you will find a brief history on these models.
GS 150 Click here
SS 180 Click here
Important notice Bruge Rally
Details of the Bruge rally are published in the events page, should you be interested in this rally the organizers would like all bookings to be completed by 15th March 2015
By all accounts this seems to have been both a successful and enjoyable AGM. We have a newly elected Director/ Secretary - Chris Wainwright. A new Membership Sec & Web Manager - Tony Purdy and two newly elected committee members Warren Jopson & Kathy Bothamley. Congratulations to you all. A brief report of the meeting will be posted here in the next 48hrs together with a copy of the minutes on the AGM link page when they become available.
At the AGM Dinner Leslie Smith kindly donated a silver salve to the club in memory of Margaret Farquhar (former Hon. Vice President) This is to be presented annually to a deserving lady member who has made a marked contribution during the year. For 2014, it's first year, it was awared by Leslie, to Veronica Smith, wife of the Chairman. Leslie Smith also awarded 3 Founder Member Cog badges, especially made, to Peter Guppy, Peter Rose and himself as Founder members of the club who were at the original event in 1964, 50 yrs ago.
At a recent Committee Meeting it was agreed that the VVC Rally Fee commencing 2015 will be increased from £10 to £20 per member or member & family member. It was also agreed that all future VVC rallies will be Members Only. To attend a VVC event a participant will need to have joined the VVC.
The Club is affilated to the BMF. This means that every VVC member is also a club member of BMF (British Motorcycle Federation) As such all VVC members can benefit from their membership Discounts. See BMF in Members Section.
Latest 2015 Offers
EXHIBITION SCOOTERING 51-61
What a great place to promote the Veteran Vespa Club. We had a number of members bikes parked outside the Mozzino Expresso Bar which attracted a good deal of public interest. The bar itself, although small has been given a thoroughly retro style. Together with plenty of 50's Vespa Club photo's supplied by the club, very good coffee and pastries the whole presentation is very 'tasteful' The bikes outside pictured below were there only on the 10th August. The pictures and Vespa related items in the bar (not the bikes outside) will stay for a while, give them a visit if in London,
STOLEN SCOOTERSIt seems that this is a growing problem. We have the kind permission of the LCGB to offer a link on this site to their National Stolen Scooter Registry, NSSR, which is for all makes of scooter. Click Here
FACEBOOK PAGE FOR VVC MEMBERSClick Here
VVC BIKE REGISTERDont forget that as a member you are able to register details of your bike with the club. Please do update your details. Go to Members Log In, then Your Portfolio
1950's - 1960's VESPA CLUBS
If you are old enough to have any old photo's or information about former Vespa Clubs do send them to the club. We are trying to build pages for as many of the old clubs as possible to provide a History Reference point. Contact
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