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The Vespa Club of Canada
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About

Canada has a history of scootering from the West coast to the Maritimes and all points in between.

During the early 80's major cities like Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary and Vancouver played roles in the popularity of Vespas courtesy of The Who's film Quadrophenia.

There were different groups that rode Vespas from Mods, skinheads, uni and of course scooter boys (Canada's version). There were many rallies in Southern Ontario, specifically Niagara Falls, and all parts in between as well as Mod nights in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

It's the enthusiasm of Vespa lovers/owners that make this community thrive. Whether it's a slick paint scheme, modded out scoots, go-fast scoots or bog standard it's the rider that makes it their own.

Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Halifax have clubs that continue to hold rallies as well as Vancouver, with their mild winters allowing year-round scootering. As the scooter culture grew across the nation, local clubs quickly formed to better meet the needs of their local scootering community.

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History

The Vespa has had a long and glorious history full of ups and downs. Today there is a reassurance in interest in the Vespa. Take a walk through the history of the Vespa.

  • Piaggio factory

    1884

    Before Vespa

    Founded by Rinaldo Piaggio in 1884, Piaggio initially produced locomotives and railway carriages.

  • Piaggio makes bombers

    1940

    Piaggio makes bombers

    Piaggio is commissioned by the Italian government to supply their air force with bomber aircraft.

  • The Vespa (Wasp) is born

    1946

    The Vespa (Wasp) is born

    Aeronautical engineer, Corradinio D’Ascanio sold the design he was working on for an inexpensive scooter to Piaggio called the Vespa.

  • Vespas shipped to Canada

    1950

    Vespas shipped to Canada

    Vespas were shipped to North America via navy ships when sailors were posted and/or docked in Italy. They ended up in cities across Canada.

  • Vespas shipped to Canada

    1960

    The Mod Scene

    Mods were smart dressers with the latest Italian suits and shoes. Some started buying Vespas to be able to get around to Mod clubs and events.

  • SEARS Allstate

    1970

    SEARS Allstate

    In 1970 the North American market SEARS Co. badged the Canadian/US Vespa as the SEARS Allstate.

  • 1980

    The Second Mod Movement

    The Mod Revival came about with the release of The Who’s film Quadrophenia set in the heyday of the Mod scene in England 1964-65.

  • Vespas leave North American market

    1981

    Many Vespa shops close across North America

    Piaggio leaves the North American market due to strict American emission laws. Closing some shops across Canada and the USA.

  • 1985

    Many owners are left with out mechanical support.

    A UK scooter magazine started publishing in the early 80’s, called Scooter Scene with ads for scooter shops that sold parts internationally.

  • Keeping the spirit alive

    1990's

    Keeping the spirit alive

    Vancouver and Toronto were the major cities with the larger populations of Vespa owners were keeping the Vespa spirit alive.

  • Piaggio returns to North America

    2000

    The Canadian Scooter Corp is formed

    The Canadian Scooter Corp was created and started opening up shops across Canada. These shops sold various models which were quieter and automatic.

  • New and vintage Vespas on the road

    Today

    New and vintage Vespas on the road

    There are many Vespa dealers across Canada and small businesses that maintain and restore Vespas. It's important to our Vespa community to support these local shops.

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Sponsors

The following businesses offer our members a discount of service, tires or parts.
If you know of or own a local business that would be interested in becoming "sponsor" at some level please contact president@vespaclubofcanada.com.

Enduro website

Vespa Quebec/KTM Enduro

Discount: Parts Service Tires

1-418-661-5683
266 Seigneuriale Quebec City QC G1C 3P5

Gearhead Website

Gearhead Canada

Discount: Parts Service Tires

1-613-828-9151
306 Moodie Dr Ottawa ON K2W 8G3

Scootart Website

Scootart

Discount: Parts Service Tires

1-514-388-4888
8359 rue St Laurent Mtl, QC H20 2M7

Scooter Tuning Website

Scootertuning

Discount: Parts Tires (Use Code: VESPACLUB)

1-866-770-1214
202-438 boul Jacques-Cartier, Shannon QC G0A 4N0

Vespa Halifax Website

Vespa Halifax

Discount: Parts Service Tires

1-902-404-3000
224 Wyse Rd. Dartmouth NS B3A 1M9

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Vespa Vintage T-shirt.  Shirt is black. The words 'Vespa Club of Canada' written in pink on the front.

Vespa Club of Canada Vintage Tee (men)

$10 CAD

Size

Vespa Vintage T-shirt.  Shirt is black. The words 'Vespa Club of Canada' written in pink on the front.

Vespa Club of Canada Vintage Tee (women)

$10 CAD

Size

VCOC banner styled like the Canadian flag with red bars on end and the words 'Vespa Club of Canada' written arcross a red maple leaf.

Vespa Club of Canada Legshield Banner

$25 CAD

Member's Only Item. Size: 26" x 8"

VCoC Rally Badge Large: The words 'Vespa Club of Canada' written in white around the round blue badge. In the center is an image of a scooter rider over a red maple leaf.

Vespa Club of Canada Large Badge

$15 CAD

Size: 8" Colour: Blue

VCoC Rally Badge Small: The words 'Vespa Club of Canada' written in white around the round black badge. In the center is an image of a scooter rider over a red maple leaf.

Vespa Club of Canada Small Badge

$5 CAD

Size: 3.5" Colour: Black

Join Vespa Club of Canada

Be part of Canada’s national club that’s been in existence for over 20 years dedicated to the preservation of the Vespa scooter.

Keep Calm and Drive a Vespa

Why Join?

Exchange ideas, attend rallies, share opinions on various Vespa models, their parts, accessories and join a community of like minded Vespa riders.

The Vespa Club of Canada is a non-profit club and proud to be a member in good standing with Vespa World Club (previously known as the Federation International des Vespa Clubs or F.I.V.).

VCoC Member's Badge

What is included?

You will recieve a membership card, club patch, club decal and discounts to Vespa-friendly shops and parts suppliers across Canada.

As a memmber you can attend the Vespa World Club’s annual event Vespa World Days under the Vespa Club of Canada banner*. Various cities host this event and they are as follows: St. Tropez France 2016; Celle Germany 2017; Belfast Ireland 2018 (TBC)

Keep Calm and Drive a Vespa

How to join?

Simply click the button below. Your membership renewal notices will be billed annually.

$21 CAD

* Event registration is payable by the member but the VCOC does the registration.

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