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april 20, 2024 - Vespa

15,000 Vespas in the Vespa World Days parade

A COLOURFUL AND SPECTACULAR SERPENTINE OF VESPAS STRETCHING OUT OVER MORE THAN 15 KILOMETRES

THE VESPA PARADE AT VESPA WORLD DAYS 2024 WAS A SPECTACLE LIKE NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN SEVENTY YEARS OF RALLIES

THE VESPA VILLAGE, THE HISTORIC PIAGGIO MUSEUM AND THE PONTEDERA CITY CENTRE INVADED BY RECORD NUMBERS: MORE THAN 20,000 VESPAS PARTICIPATED IN THE RALLY FOR GLOBAL VESPA CLUBS FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE

Pontedera, 20 April 2024 - The most highly anticipated Vespa World Days 2024 event lived up to expectations. The Vespa Parade, huge procession of Vespas if every era, model, and colour, was a success like never before seen in seventy years of global Vespa rally editions.

There were 15,000 Vespas which paraded from the Pontedera city centre through the hills of the Pisa province to the return to the Vespa Village, the beating heart of the huge festival. It was a number never before seen, worthy of a Guinness World Record.
It was a huge serpentine of Vespas, spectacular, colourful, and stretching out over more than 15 kilometres, which included Vespisti who had arrived from every continent for the annual rally of Vespa Clubs from all over the world. In addition to the high numbers from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria, Vespa Club mixed in from countries such as Japan, Argentina, Hong Kong, Kuwait, the United States, Canada, China and Vietnam, as a testament to the global nature of the Vespa phenomenon.

Leading the parade was a special Vespa GTS 300 with the colours and insignia of the Polizia di Stato (Italian State Police), donated by Piaggio at the opening of the Vespa World Days event. And among the first Vespisti leading the parade, Rudy Zerbi stood out, TV host and Vespa enthusiast, astride a brilliant Vespa Gtv 300.
All the models manufactured in seventy-eight years of Vespa history paraded through the streets of the Pisa province, from the first and extremely rare 98cc made in 1946 all the way to the latest versions of Vespa Primavera, Sprint and GTS, with legendary models in between such as the early ’50s era 125 “faro basso”, the widespread VBB ranges, the 1964 50cc units, the ET3 125 units, the ’70s era Rally machines, and a steadily growing number of Vespa PX units.

The Vespa World Days event is the annual rally for all national Vespa Clubs which, for the first time in seventy years of global rallies, was held in Pontedera, the city in the Pisa province where Vespa was born in 1946 and where it has been manufactured non-stop ever since. For this edition, the presence of 55 national Vespa Clubs was recorded and the number of Vespas at the rally was calculated to over 20,000, an all-time record.

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THE VESPA WORLD CLUB AND THE NATIONAL CLUBS

The Vespa legend was born at practically the same time as the vehicle, so much so that many were inspired, from 1946 onwards, to share their passion for the Vespa. Thus the first Vespa Clubs were born, in Italy to begin with and then abroad, sparking an extremely long history of passion which eventually led, in 2006, to the creation of the Vespa World Club.
At the Fiera Campionaria in Milan in 1948, Italian Vespa Clubs organised a rally called the “Silver Swarm” after the first Vespa model’s trademark silvery-green colour. This was the first large rally which created an extraordinary echo. Throughout the 1950s, races of every kind were held, from regional and national rallies in Italy and abroad (the Swiss Tour, the 2,000 km Three Seas tour, the all-female Audax tour and the 1,000 km tour were among the best known rallies).

Riding a Vespa increasingly became synonymous with freedom, the use of space and easier social relations, in short, the Vespa soon became a social phenomenon so much that it would mark an entire era, pictured incessantly in films, literature and advertising campaigns for many products as well as in the behaviour of a rapidly changing society.

The Vespa Club Europa was founded in Milan in February 1953 on the initiative of Renato Tassinari, with unanimous support from delegates representing the Vespa Clubs of Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland. Just a few months after its creation, Austria, Denmark, the U.K., Portugal, Spain and Sweden joined the founding nations. Subsequently, the Vespa Club Mondial was set up and, together with the Vespa Club Europe, came to be named Fédération Internationale des Vespa Clubs, active until 2005.

In March 2006, on the occasion of Vespa's 60th anniversary, the Vespa World Club was established to co-ordinate and promote all the Vespa clubs in the world.
The Vespa World Club was founded with the objective of drawing on the finest experiences and initiatives created by Vespa fans in various countries, enhancing the role of national associations and supporting all Vespa Clubs. There are currently 66 countries associated with the Vespa World Club.
Each year, the national Vespa Clubs and fans from all over the world come together for the Vespa World Days which, in 2024, returned to Italy to be held in Pontedera.

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