National Road Rally 2011 – 125cc Award

The Edward Smith Best 125cc Award Winner (for Best Machine of up to 125cc) was announced at this year’s ACU awards.

For the second year running the winner was Oostende Vespa Club and Vespa Club of Britain member William Rondelez.

William is pictured here at one of the twenty controls that he visted on the 2011 event.  He will again be defending his trophy at this year’s event on the 30th June – 1st July riding his beloved T5.

We would like hear from any other riders with a 125cc (or above) to join him in a Vespa Club of Britain Team. Please contact in the 1st instance.

Details of the event can be found at

Help will be given to any one wishing to enter.


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Winner of 2011 Attendance Awards

The Winner of the 2011 awards was announced at the recent AGM meeting. Congratulations to Martin Bridgwater from Wiltshire, a member of the BCSA.  He was awarded a prize of a years free Insurance (up to the value of £250) courtesy of our main sponsors Lexham Insurance.


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Best Scooter – 2011 ACU National Road Rally

Peter Burley, The Vespa Club of Britain’s Membership Secretary is pictured here receiving his trophy at the 2011 ACU awards ceremony.

He won ‘Best Scooter’ in the 2011 ACU National Road Rally held the 25th and 26th June 2011; In the 20 hour event he covered 540 miles calling in 20 controls.

Well done Peter!


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Stirling Rally

The 2nd National Vespa Clubs Rally will be held in Stirling Scotland 20-22 July 2012. This rally will be a recognition of the birth of the of the Vespa movement in the British Isles and the 60th anniversary of the Vespa Club Of Britain.

Brought to you by the organisers of the 2010 Highland Scoot and the Vespa Club Of Scotland.

Stirling is one of the formost cities in Scotland and is steeped in history, William Wallace Braveheart, country, battle of Stirling Bridge, King Robert The Bruce’s victory at the battle of Bannockburn and is recognised as having the best castle in the country.

The Saturday ride out will be a mini Highland Scoot through Lomond and Trossachs National Park one of Europe’s most beautiful locations at the southern edge of the West Highland Fault, with Loch Ard , Loch Chon, Loch Arklet and Loch Lomond all lying to the West, Loch Katrine, Loch Achray and Loch Venacher to the North and the Lake of Menteith,

The contents of this video is what you will experiance on this superb weekend, camping will also be available the shadow of The National Wallace Monument and the beautiful Ochil Hills.

This Rally will only be open to Piaggio machines and will be ticket only. More info on how to get your ticket will be given in the new year (2012)

Click here for youtube video

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Dating Certificate

Article written by Bill Drake in 2008.

Bill Drake has been providing dating certificates for both the VCB & VVC for over 5 years and has issued hundreds of certificates.  The majority of Vespa’s now requiring ‘validation’ are now coming from Bali, Vietnam & Indonesia.  These all claim to be original Italian Machines! Please read Bills article written in 2008 which will explain some of the pitfalls with these machines.

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My Day with the Red Arrows

Thursday 30th September 2010 up at 6am for a foggy cold ride to Exeter where at 10.30am the Red Arrows scooter tour riders were due for their 1st stop after leaving Lands End.
I arrived to find Exeter town center a pedestrian area, so were do I go? A tap on my shoulder revealed the Red Arrow photographer who kindly gave me directions for the stop.
I just parked up when they arrived, what a thrill they waved & sounded their horns at me, after they parked up several of them came over to me and chatted as to where I came from etc and thanked me for being there.
I was invited to ride with them onward to Bristol, I explained that it was the wrong direction for my home trip but found they would be traveling on the A303, my road back home, but I also thought it not quite right and agreed to follow them instead.
I showed them my Farnborough VC stickers, this proved to be very popular as they fly from there, plus the air show, so several were handed out, I later noticed some had been placed on the rear seats of the vespas.
By now there more people around taking photos and collecting autographs, but managed to get Kirsty Moore the 1st female pilot to pose next to my Red Arrow LX.
I would love to fly with the Red Arrows but know that would not happen, but was honored and thrilled to have ridden with them, truly Vespa heaven.

Hexagoon Pete

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