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"Blue Smoke Over Viewbank'

UPDATE: This ride is full but we have decided to extend the cap to 45 scooters, and that's it. So it's a last chance to sign up.

What     This event is hosted by the Vespa Club of Melbourne to acknowledge and support those with a passion for classic scooters. After a COVID hiatus last year VCM's annual two-stroke blue-smoke ride is on again. This is a special shortish and slow-paced ride organised to celebrate the joy of riding older classic geared scooters. Sorry, no autos (except Rabbits). All marques are welcome - Lambretta, Heinkel, Maicoletta, Puch, Rabbit and of course Vespa including the entire PX Vespa range - the older your scooter, the better. Pillions are welcome too.

You don’t have to be a member of a club to participate but you will need to register for the event. Due to the logistics of a big ride, places are capped at 45 so we ask you to register to reserve a place. Its free! The ride will be badged as a Vespa Day event and so we are using the Vespa World Club cog patch to acknowledge our club’s connection to a larger sister and brotherhood of Vespa owners across the globe. Participants will receive a sticker as a memento of the ride.

Where     Once again we are venturing just outside Melbourne into the rural fringes far away from annoying traffic lights. Our destination is Hurstbridge.

The Route     Much of our route will be on quiet sealed semi-rural roads with little traffic. The scenery is very pretty and you’ll enjoy the meandering ride at a leisurely ‘classic’ pace. The route from Studley Road to Hurstbridge is around 55-kms and will take us about 1.5 hours. Much of it is along one of Melbourne’s famed “Green Wedges”. After lunch you can make your own way home from Hurstbridge or join us for an organised 30-km scenic return route to Ivanhoe. The ride will use designated corner markers who will point you in the right direction at each turn so you can relax and enjoy the unfolding scenery.

Ride Support     The ride is covered by the VCM's Public Liability Insurance. We have also organised a van capable of carrying 2-3 scooters in case of breakdowns. Pete, the van man, will sweep the route at the rear of the ride.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Vespa Club of Melbourne and served in Fergusons Paddock, Hurstbridge.

Prizes will be awarded shortly after lunch:

Best Restored Classic Vespa• Best Restored Other Marque Scooter• Best Unrestored Scooter - lots of scratches, original paint and patina please
Most Unusual, Rare or Oldest Participating Scooter• Best Dressed Rider for the Era - whether it be a pudding-basin helmet, Biggles goggles, oilskins or an old leather coat, or a sharp tailored Mod outfit with pointy shoes, come dressed to suit the era of your particular scooter. Ride safe and put your costume in the van and change at lunch time if doesn’t provide the required protection.

Departure Point and Time     We will meet and leave from Studley Grounds Cafe, 121 Studley Park Rd, Kew VIC 3101. There is ample parking on the Sir Arthur Rylah Oval adjacent to and just behind the cafe. This makes a perfect spot to display our scooters prior to departure. You’ll need to arrive before 9:00am if you want coffee and or breakfast before our departure at 10:30am sharp. There will be no fuel stops on the 90-km return ride so please arrive with a full tank