Vespa Club of America (VCOA) is pleased to announce that the site of Amerivespa 2016 scooter rally will be in Memphis, TN on June 23 – 26, 2016. Jointly hosted by the Memphis Kings Scooter Club (MKSC), Amerivespa Memphis will be four days of scootering fun for scooter enthusiasts and the general public.
Memphis is one of the nation’s premier tourist destination locations, known for its many attractions including Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, and Beale Street, recently ranked by USA Today as the #1 Iconic American Street. Add to that world famous blues music, Memphis BBQ, and a geographic location that is easily accessible to a majority of the country, and you’ve got a recipe for an ideal location to celebrate and promote motor scootering in the USA.
A key part to the success of Amerivespa is to have a local scooter club that can provide and showcase the best of what the region has to offer in entertainment, local cuisine, scooter riding, and stage an event appealing to both vintage and modern scooterists. MKSC, now in their 12th year of scooting together, are known for their highly popular and well attended annual scooter rallies, which have attracted scooterists from as far away as Canada, Minnesota, Maryland, Texas and Florida. Their experience and success in hosting a total of 8 scooter rallies since the Kings were established provide them with the knowledge and expertise to host Amerivespa.
Amerivespa is an international scooter rally held annually by the VCOA to promote scootering, VCOA membership, and to provide a celebratory atmosphere for all scooter enthusiasts. National and local scooter manufacturers, dealers, and supporting trade organizations will be on hand to display their newest products. A traditional portion of the rally includes the staging of a scooter concourse showcasing the best restored and custom scooters. A gymkhana featuring a riding skills competition is highly entertaining to scooterists and the public, and will be held overlooking the Mississippi River on the south lawn of Mud Island Riverpark.
Amerivespa 2016 will be its 24th anniversary and throughout its four days will generate over a million dollars to the local and regional economy. The annual rally has previously drawn visitors from all over the USA, Europe, Canada, Asia, Mexico, and Australia. Amerivespa is the largest annual motor scooter rally in the United States and typically brings over 600-700 scooter enthusiasts. Memphis with its additional draw as a central tourist destination could conceivably attract over 1,000 attendees.
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. Approximately 70% of the scooters first sold in the United States were Vespas. However, many members also own Lambretta, Cushman, Heinkel, Zundapp, and other vintage makes and models, plus a large diversity of modern scooters. 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. While its origins are rooted in the iconic Vespa scooter, the VCOA welcomes all scooter enthusiasts regardless of what they ride.