Austin Hill Coun­try Clas­sic 4

Scootering - - Trade Spotlight - Phil Jef­frey

Scooter­ists are more spread out in the USA, so it can be chal­leng­ing to hold a rally, much less at­tend one that doesn’t mean haul­ing across state lines to par­tic­i­pate (Texas alone is three times the size of the UK). So it seemed apt that per­haps the only clas­sic (metal bod­ied, geared) scooter rally in Texas would be in the state cap­i­tal, Austin. Pro­ceed­ings be­gan and co­in­cided with the grand re­open­ing of Bat City Scoot­ers’ re­lo­ca­tion. Owner, chief me­chanic and tea boy Nic Bar­ton runs Bat City Scoot­ers and works mainly on clas­sic Ves­pas and Lam­bret­tas, serv­ing the Austin area. Spin­ning tunes on Fri­day were Top­per, Car­los and Stephanie and with the new premises be­ing fairly re­mote, the party kept go­ing un­til 4am. Satur­day saw a 35-mile ride out, var­i­ous events in­clud­ing scooter gymkhana, cylin­der toss and slow race with most par­tic­i­pants blam­ing ruts in the field rather than the in­creas­ing al­co­hol con­sump­tion for spilling their rides! Prizes for dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories and even a raf­fle scooter (PX125 with DR kit) were tes­ta­ment that the rally may be small but it had big ideas. Thanks to Kim­berly and other mem­bers of the Austin Metro Vin­tage Scooter Club for pulling it to­gether on a shoe­string bud­get!

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