11. January 2013

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Now is your chance to own a tiny piece of history

(The Whadda Drag microcar is just one of a HUGE inventory of classic microcars up for auction.)

I cannot believe it!  The biggest, bestest microcar museum in North America, nay THE WORLD (video), is auctioning off their collection this month.  The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum, in Madison, Georgia is apparently closing up shop.

I always wanted to visit the museum if I had ever found myself in that neck of the woods, but now… it’s too late.  :(

If one of you shows up in February to see the auction in person, it would be great if you… I don’t know… shot a little documentary of the events to share, or something.  For now, check out this great, little piece from The History Channel <HERE>.

From the press release:

“To me, it’s all about the thrill of the chase,” Weiner adds. “My collection has brought me incredible joy over the years, but simply finding and restoring these cars is not enough for me. In order to fully appreciate them, I need to share them. I’m really looking forward to the sale and happy that these unique cars will be spread to other passionate collectors throughout the world. As I see it, we’re enlarging the microcar community by letting these go and helping keep history alive.”

The Bruce Weiner Collection auction will be held in situ at the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum, February 15–16, 2013 in Madison, Georgia. For further information and a frequently updated list of entries, visit www.rmauctions.com or call +1 519 352 4575. For a direct link to the Bruce Weiner Museum auction website, visit www.handlewithfun.com.

I wonder if anyone (Beebs?) has visited the Small Wonders Micro/Mini car museum in Crystal Lake.

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8. November 2012

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Possibly the best modern scooter theme EVER

Vespa S in an R2D2 theme

I wanted to call it the Vespa S R2D2-Stroke, but it’s a 4-stroke.  If you can think of something clever, leave it in the comments.

Other than the fact that it’s freakin’ GLORIOUS, I don’t know much else about this custom themed Vespa S.  I’ve always been a fan of the Vespa S’ looks, but stack on TOP of that the unmistakable similarity to a certain, feisty, little droid and you’ve got one HECK of a conversation piece.

Has anyone out there seen this scooter in person?  Can we get some more photos or video?  My wife stumbled across this one the other night and said, “HEY!  Did you see this?” to which I responded, “WHAT THA?!” and proceeded to put “POST ON THE SCOOP” in my to-do list.

***UPDATE***
Yes!  We’ve got the source link.  Check it out HERE>

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6. December 2011

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Anthony Bourdain extols the virtues of scooters


Caught this on TV last night and I think Anthony nails it.

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27. October 2011

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Preview: 2012 Yamaha Zuma 50F


Howwwwwdy folks!  Just wanted to share a little video we put together to show you what’s in store from Yamaha for 2012.  Mitch Bergsma and I spent 3 days in the San Francisco sun to run their new Zuma 50F through its paces.  Things went better than I anticipated!  If you’ve got 7 minutes to spare, you should give it a watch!

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9. February 2011

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What does a Geek god ride?


No, not GREEK god like Thor, but GEEK as in nerd or code monkey… except were talking about Aaron Hillegass here, he’s more like a CODE GORILLA!  I mean, go to Amazon.com and look up “Cocoa Programming”, and you know what shows up first?  Aaron’s book, Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (3rd Edition) by Aaron Hillegass, which looks like this:

Unlike his Second edition which looks like this:

And THAT’S when I noticed a trend.  Aaron likes monochrome colors… :D – HAHAH!  NOooooo! Aaron must like scooters.

So I decided to drop Aaron a line and ask him more about the scooter trend with these treasured tomes of his; to which he responded:

Yes, I am a scooter fan and I suggested it be on the cover of “Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X”. My wife, however, asked that I get rid of my scooter as she was concerned that it might lead to my premature death. In a conflict that required a trip to a couples counselor, I agreed to sell my beautiful red Piaggio BV 250 — not vintage, but a great ride.

I understand, being a new dad and all… it probably won’t be terribly long before he’s back up on two wheels.  We chatted about his old scoot a bit more:

I loved that Piaggio BV250 — it is the scooter that many urban Italian police ride. Super reliable, comfortable, and powerful enough to deal with Atlanta traffic. I rode mostly in the summer, so I took the windscreen off so I could feel the breeze.

I had to pass the motorcycle driving test and get insurance and tags to ride a 250cc in Georgia, but it was completely worth it.

Amen to THAT brother! Aaron sent me a link, where he described his essential riding gear in such a fine manner that it brought a tear to my eye… It’s like he summed up TheScooterScoop in one, off-topic post. I’d make Aaron an honorary Editor after reading his testimony on the fun and practical way he gears up to ride. You can read it yourself by going <HERE>.  Oh, but don’t listen to his advice at the end of the post.  I prefer that we preserve some of the more delicate genetics, just in case they contain a cure for cancer.

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8. February 2011

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The Piano Man rides a Vespa


Billy Joel is no Innocent Man when it comes to getting caught rolling his scooter around town (Miami). Years ago I remember when he and Christy Brinkley’s Italjet Velociferos were up on the auction block, looks like he’s moved on to another love… Vespa. Credits to DailyMail UK for the scoop!

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