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We are a Club of enthusiasts in the Greater Toronto Area dedicated to maintaining and riding vintage motor scooters, and encouraging others to join in the fun. As of summer 2018 we are at 182 members. We organize regular meet-ups and short rides that can easily be accommodated in our busy lives, longer rides outside the city, and attend some larger rallies. We also regularly co-ordinate activities with the Barking Mad Scooter Club located east of Toronto. Our Club membership reflects our City and all are welcome, as long as you are crazy enough to want to ride a 30 – 60 year old Italian shopping trolley in Toronto’s traffic.
There has been a scooter scene in Toronto for a long time, with multiple clubs that have come and gone with time. These past years have been a dry spell with shops closing, no garage willing to work on vintage scooters, and no downtown club focused on these old machines. I ride my scooter often and everywhere, and I saw other scooters parked around the city but there was nothing to bring them together. So in 2016 I started the latest incarnation of the TVSC, and in 2 years we are over 150 members. We also co-ordinate closely and share members with the Barking Mad Scooter Club located east of Toronto in the Oshawa area.
What really helped grow the club quickly was on the weekends is who ever is available meets up for a coffee and chat in Kensington Market, then a quick ride around the city. It started as 2, then quickly grew. As its such a high traffic area people noticed the parked scooters and new club members found us. The “Coffee Runs” still happen most weekends, with anywhere from 6-15 scoots showing up depending on who is free.
The members of the club range in ages and professions, but we share one common passion. For the most part, people in the club gravitated towards old scooters because of subcultures (punks, ska, mods). cultural heritage (Italian, Spanish, English), style/design (graphic artists, architects, clothing designers, musicians, collectors, wine merchants), gear heads (mechanics, machinists, and welders) or some mixture of the above. It makes for a pretty interesting and diverse group.
And probably our most famous and photographed member is #sidecarMolly
The club is not heavy on rules or overhead. There are no fees or dues. You must have at least 1 vintage scooter. Generally speaking that means a 2 stroke engine and manual gears, which tends to be a Lambretta or Vespa (P series or earlier). Stella’s are okay, as they at least look the part. There are manufacturers and models that would be okay, and the club president judges on a case by case basis.
Your scooter doesn’t have to be pretty, but it does have to be in good driving condition as we ride in a group and you could take someone else out because of your bald tires or heat seized engine. You can drive like a maniac at any time, but not when we are riding as a group. The club has riders of all skill levels and tolerances for law breaking. So when we ride as a group you have to keep it it tight (for the most part).
As the club is made up of all kinds of people, not everyone is going to think the same, have the same politics, dress the same, like the same music, bat for the same team, etc. Club members don’t have to like each other, but they do have to treat each other with respect. Don’t join if you can’t manage this, it’s a private club and you will be booted out in a second if you violate this.
Meet-ups and rides are organized on our Club FaceBook page . Pretty much every weekend there is an ad-hoc Coffee Run.
We meet up in front of Wanda’s Pie in the Sky (Kensignton Market) on Sundays, grab a coffee and chat for a bit, then go for a ride around town. Our big yearly rally & party is organized around the Mods & Rockers event in August. In between that we attend other events and meet up with the Barking Mad SC.
If you don’t have a vintage scooter yet but want to, there is a page on this site that explains the basics you should be aware of, and there is a lot of information available on the Internet. Do your research. Don’t bother asking to join until you own a scooter (we get too many requests and the club would soon be full of non-riders).