King's Classic Rally Staff
by Staff
There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about a new scooter craze, as gas gets more and more expensive and traffic congestion gets worse every year.

But let's not forget that this is just the latest in a long series of scooter crazes,, stretching back to post WWII Italy, where a big defense contractor needed a product to build after Italy's armed forces disarmed. A brace of Piaggio's aircraft engineers turned their expertise to building the "Vespa" (wasp), a practical, cheap and stylish mode of transportation perfect for the narrow, bumpy streets of Postwar Italy.

These steel-bodied contraptions, much copied by other companies, multiplied like fruit flies and spread to every country on Earth. Here in the USA, devoted followers maintain and restore their vintage Italian scooters, celebrating the machines at annual rallies.

Ace cub reporter Gabe Ets-Hokin tagged along at a recent rally in San Francisco. Put some Who on the hi-fi, pull on your pegged slacks and watch the show.

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