Indianapolis might be best known for the 500-mile car race that happens there every year, but from June 11-14, the town will be invaded by scooters as the 23rd annual national motor scooter rally, Amerivespa, comes to the Racing Capital of the World.
Scooter enthusiasts from around the country and around the world will converge in Indianapolis, as the Indy Scooter Club, The North American Scooter Racing Association and the Vespa Club of America will play host to the assembled guests.
“We’re really excited to show off Indianapolis,” says Chris Sublett, president of Indy SC. “Indianapolis has a strong scooter culture and we’ve been working really hard to plan an event that will show off the best off our city. Also we would like to give a special thank you to the dedicated employees and officials of Speedway, IN. They’ve made Main Street the perfect place to hold so many of our amazing activities.”
The event kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday morning with a scenic ride through the hills of southern Indiana. Participants will mingle at a meet-and-greet inside the Dallara IndyCar Factory at Lino’s Italian Café Thursday evening. Then,on Friday, the riders will take part in a Poker Run leading them to the IMS for a lap on the famous track and will conclude the evening with a party at Radio Radio & Revolucion. On Saturday, the scooterists will make an appearance in the Indiana Pride Parade. While crossing the finish line on Main Street in Speedway, riders can compete in a gymkhana course to showcase their scooter skills.
In addition to riding on the track, activities will include organized tours of the city, a vendor marketplace, evening hangouts and a formal banquet.
“It is a complete privilege to bring such a popular, long-standing national event to Speedway,” said David Lindsey, Speedway Town Council president. “This is an iconic location for Vespa racing because of our rich sense of racing pride and history and strong ties with Italy – with Italian companies Lino’s Coffee and OMR Automotive having their only U.S. locations in Speedway. Large events like Amerivespa coming to Main Street further demonstrates that our community’s economic development is creating a place where people want to gather year round.”
No rally would be complete without a gymkhana where scooterists will show off their riding skills for pride and glory. The course will be presented by NASRA and promises to be one of the best yet. “NASRA looks forward to having the opportunity to showcase scooter racing in a gymkhana format,” says Jeremy Hall, president of NASRA. “It allows us to try some new things and expand on the traditional layout. We’re stoked to have the opportunity!”
For a full list of events and registration information, visit the Amerivespa event website, http://amerivespa.org/.