Indian Summer 7 “Last Call” – 7 Hills Scooter Club of Richmond, Virginia

The 7 Hills Scooter Club in Richmond, VA hosted the Indian Summer 7 rally. Well over 100 scooterists came to participate in the “Last Call”. The rally’s slogan was a tribute to the Mayan calendar prediction of the end of the world as we know it. Some said Hurricane Sandy was a sign of the end, so we were grateful to see so many people at the rally after her destructive pass through this region.

The 7 Hills Scooter Club of Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Alice AlbrightThe 7 Hills Scooter Club of Richmond, Virginia. Photo by Alice Albright

Rally goers traveled from all over the eastern seaboard, the furthest from Hertford, NC. Others came from Virginia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Columbus, and other areas in North Carolina.

One of the most anticipated and feared events was the gymkhana. We built a formidable jump ramp, which consisted of 3 sections: the launch section, the middle platform, and the landing ramp, no more than 2.5′ high. There were other simple obstacles, but most people were intimidated by the ramp. It took a bit of convincing, but one by one each person that decided to take on our ramp realized that rolling over it slowly was more dangerous than just gunning it. With that, we had a few spectacular jumps that all resulted in safe landings.

Floyd Baker with his new Vespa. Photo by Ryan ThomasFloyd Baker with his new Vespa. Photo by Ryan Thomas

With Hurricane Sandy just missing us the weekend before, we were fortunate enough to have clear, brisk weather for our long ride. The route circled the city of Richmond from the west around to the north in Ashland. Lonely, twisty roads against the backdrop of the fall colors made for a picturesque ride that we couldn’t have predicted. The 2-hour ride ended with a catered lunch by the fireside at Byrd Park’s Shields Lake.

Since this is a city rally, there are plenty of sights to see in the historic parts of Richmond: Hollywood Cemetery, the Poe Museum, Monument Avenue, Shockoe Bottom, and Church Hill. With a little free time, people did just that.

This was the first year we had enough money to raffle off a scooter. We bought and restored a Vespa P125. People were so excited, they were buying raffle tickets like mad all weekend. On Saturday night, when we started to announce numbers for our raffle prizes, it was apparent just how many tickets were sold. People stood with streams of tickets hung around their necks like it was Mardi Gras. In the end, Floyd Baker from Virginia Beach was our lucky winner.

When it comes to a raffle, the person who buys the least will always win big.

2012 AWARDS

  • Best in Show – 1962 Lambretta TV 175
  • Furthest Ridden – Tim Orton, Hertford, N.C.
  • Gymkhana – Jared Stephens
  • Slow Race – Matt Toigo
  • Award for Most Fantastic Mechanical Failure – Ebow
  • Rookie of the Year – Leyna Denton
  • Italian Sausage Award (Rally Jackass Award) – Will Jacobs
  • Club Attendance Award – The Foulers SC (Richmond, VA)
  • Raffle Bike Winner – Floyd Baker

Sam Baker taking the jump. Photo by Kevin JiannottiSam Baker taking the jump. Photo by Kevin Jiannotti
Our rally jackass, Will Jacobs. Photo by Frank Guertler - 7 Hills Scooter Club President wearing the "Last Call" rally t-shirt. Photo by Meena KhaliliOur rally jackass, Will Jacobs. Photo by Frank Guertler                                        7 Hills Scooter Club President wearing the “Last Call” rally t-shirt. Photo by Meena Khalili

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