- CLASSIC, NOT PLASTIC
-- By David May Translated by Annie
It sometimes seem like there are more
motorcycles than people in Taiwan. Taiwan has, per capita,
more motorcycles and scooters than any country in the
world. The scooter has ceased to simply be an A-to-B
mode of transport but has become an expression of personal
taste and a fashion accessory. In the scooter world
there is really only one name that exudes fashion: VESPA.
Classic is best.
The aircraft-inspired designs of Vespa
scooters have been driven in Taiwan since 1956 when
the first Vespa was imported. The smooth lines in the
classic Vespa design create graceful, timeless transportation.
Some of today's plastic scooters may try, but will never
match the elegance of a smooth-lined metal Vespa.
Those who love their Vespas often do
so with fanatical passion and this can be seen more
and more on Taiwan's streets. More young people are
looking at their grandfather's old Vespa with jealous
eyes. Chang Yu Yee (AKA ALU), a local Tainan Vespa fanatic
and member of the Tainan Vespa Club, loves the scooters
so much he owns 4 classic Vespas from 1958, 1962, 1964
and 1983 - all of which he mostly restored by himself.
His pride and joy is his Vespa Grand Sport MK1 160cc
scooter. Last year his GS won "Most Beautiful"
at the annual Taiwan Vespa meet in Tainan. He says it
is one of only two in Taiwan and one of only 25,000
in the world. Asked why he loves Vespas so much he replied:
"classic, not plastic". If you share a love
for Vespas or are looking to get into Vespas, the Tainan
Vespa Club meets at least once a month for weekend rides
and is always online. If you're in the market for a
classic restored Vespa, looking for Vespa parts and
accessories, or just Vespa information check out the
Tainan Vespa Club - http://tw.club.yahoo.com/clubs/OLDVES/
Taiwan Vespa Club - http://www.vespa.com.tw/
Alu: Aluyeah.firstname.lastname@example.org Looking for a restored
Vespa or parts try Alu online at Yahoo - fuzzyboy1111111or
Tainan Vespa service: SenShun Motor
Service Store - David Wu (06) 336-7038
101, Lane 185, DongCheng Street