VESPA TROPHY 5th EDITION - 2014
The Vespa Trophy, a touring trophy combined with the “Vespa World Days”, a worldwide gathering for clubs of the famous Piaggio brand, came to an end on 15 June.
The competition saw clubs from all over Europe competing to the tune of points for the coveted trophy: along the road to Mantua there were more than 50 groups of Vespa riders looking for dealers to get their travel books stamped.
Victory went to the fierce 5 guys from Vespa Club Pordenone, who beat the competition by covering over 2000 km and visiting 68 Piaggio dealers in 3 countries. They were followed in second place by the large group of 16 Vespas from Vespa Club Cerignola, and in third place by the lone Vespa Club WeRideEverywhere (Serbia), which travelled through Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia and Italy covering over 1500 km, stopping off at 12 Piaggio Dealers.
There are many stories to tell, even if they are not in the competition: that of a Portuguese young man who travelled over 3300 kilometres alone on his Vespa. He left from Barcelona and arrived in Italy and travelled all over our peninsula, arriving as far as Mantua. Another story worth mentioning is that of Finnish Lindros Jonma, who travelled more than 3000 km on his Vespa, but he was not alone because his fantastic little dog shared the entire road on two wheels with him. From Palermo on a Vespa, another adventure that a group of young enthusiasts told us: ‘once we took the ferry in Messina, we got back on our vehicles and began our adventure. Cosenza, Gaeta, Naples, Salerno, Rome, Livorno, Pisa, Florence, Bologna and finally Mantua to name but a few cities that we crossed for a total of around 2000 km.
Regardless of the competition for the Trophy, those who live the Vespa on the road have their own way of travelling, which makes everyone friends by riding these magic two-wheelers. Each stamp is a destination, an adventure to be told and shared.
The greatest satisfaction for the organisers, however, remains the general applause with which the initiative was greeted: “a fun competition, which accompanied the many kilometres travelled and made us even more proud of our enterprise”, these were some of the comments left at the desk.
Number of Vespa Clubs registered: 37 from 14 countries. Participating Vespa riders: around 100
Check points: 1700 in 30 countries.