The main club's goal is to unite all Israeli Vespa fans, to provide a home for all classic scooters' collectors, and of course to keep the Vespa legacy alive and kicking!The club accepts as members all Vespa models and types owners,
no matter if classic or not, gathering together old and new.This website is an English version of the Hebrew website: www.israeli-vespa.org
The main event of the year!
The Vespa Mania 2010 is scheduled for May 28, 2009 at 4:00PM.
See you at Ussishkin Square,Ramat Hasharon.
An amazing story about Guy Haskell who drove 2,000 Km in two weeks crossing Israel. He was a student at Tel Aviv University in 1974. He bought a used 1963 Vespa 150 and there was nowhere he didn’t go. In July his girlfriend, Hannah, and him decided to make the Mother of All Israel Vespa Tours. They drove 2,000 km in two weeks! Tel Aviv to Rosh-Hanikra, to the top of Mt. Hermon, down the Rift Valley to Eilat, then to Sharm, across the Sinai to Abu Rodeis, then north to El Arish, Gaza, and back to Tel Aviv. Among their adventures was sunstroke in Tiberias, a night with the beduins in Nuweiba, an army dentist for a toothache in Sharm-a-Sheikh, and a sandstorm outside of Abu Tor!
In case you’re not sure exactly what a Vespa club is, you should know that we meet regularly to have different adventures along with your motor scooters. Instead of riding full sized motorcycles, which go a little bit too let you appreciate the scenery, or riding in cars where you are all boxed in a can’t really experience the sights and sounds of the city that you’re visiting, we choose to ride around on new and vintage scooters made by Vespa. These scooters are gas efficient and quiet and they allow you to appreciate the way it feels to really navigate around a given city.
Some of us found ourselves drawn to the Vespa Club of Israel specifically because we love the Vespa restoration hobby. That is, we love to find older models of these vintage scooters that have been abandoned or discarded, and fix them up to all their former glory. Sometimes they just need a paint job, while other times the engines need to be completely replaced. But no matter what is required, we always have the help, support, and knowledge of the other club members to fall back on. These projects give us joy, and then we can have the pleasure of riding that particular scooter again.
This club welcomes owners of vintage scooters from all over the country to come and ride with us in Israel. Whether you are concerned with Vespa restoration hobby or you simply like to see the sights from one of these wonderful machines, we welcome you to join us at our meetings and our scheduled rides. We will always go places with wonderful scenery and never leave anyone behind! Check out our events calendar to see if there is an upcoming meeting that you might be able to attend. Watch some of our videos to see how fun the Vespa Club of Israel can really be.
One of the most enduring scenes in cinema is in the classic film Roman Holiday. The film starred the immortal and ever beautiful Audrey Hepburn (Oh how I love her!) and the talented Gregory Peck. Hepburn played a princess who was visiting Rome for a state visit. Tired of her strictly regimented life, she escaped the confines of her embassy, disguised herself as a commoner and began touring the streets of Rome. There she met Gregory Peck who played an American correspondent in Italy. The movie was basically a sight-seeing tour of the streets and Rome, but it is very memorable because they both toured the scenic spots in a Vespa Scooter
This singular scene catapulted the Vespa as a cultural icon. Though the movie was not really what you call a happy ending for they both did not end up with each other (oops sorry for ruining the plot to those who have not seen it), generations of girls dream of becoming Audrey Hepburn being swept away by their own Gregory Peck driving into the sunset in their very own Vespa.
Vespa scooters have their cult following. Like the Volkswagen or the Mini Cooper Vespas are liked because of their unique (some consider cute as the more appropriate description) design. Vespa’s design was derived from wasps hence the name. As a matter of fact, wasp if translated into Italian is called vespa. The Vespa was first made after world war two and since then its design saw little deviations. Scooters are perfect for the old narrow and cobbled Roman streets. It reflects the olden times when people are gentler, the days seemed slower and the air was full of romanticism. From those famed cobbled streets Vespa spread throughout the world. Perhaps because this little mode of transportation is perfect for weaving in and out in today’s heavily congested roads or perhaps Italians are really talented designers of vehicles. (I am sure most of you will agree with me on this point. I have yet to meet somebody who finds the highly desirable and exotic Ferrari sports cars as ugly.)