Scooters Go Over Big at Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2017

| 4/28/2017 3:27:00 PM

Vintage scooters on the course

Vintage scooters were the featured class at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Scooters were a featured class at The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance held March 11, 2017. Although scooters are often considered to be on the bottom rung of the motorcycle ladder, many riders started out with these smaller bikes and worked their way up.

Scooters are more of a postwar phenomenon. As industrialized nations recovered from World War II, inexpensive transportation was needed. In Europe, fuel and money were scarce. Manufacturers like Vespa sought to fill both a utilitarian and a transportation niche. A good example seen at the Amelia Concours was Leo Schiegel’s 1952 Vespa 125 with an articulated trailer. It was laden with two large containers for transporting liquids. In Italy, scooters didn’t get excused from work because they were “cute”!

1952 Maico Mobil

Billy Paul’s fabulous 1952 Maico Mobil took Best of Class honors.