Hell was full, so the dead arose and took to the streets, on scooters. The 4th annual Resurgence Scooter Rally was our most successful to date. More than 165 zombie scooterists arrived to usher in the apocalypse. Vintage Vespas and Lambrettas were brought back from the dead. Even a Fuji Rabbit roared back to life. Modern scoots of every stripe and flavor zipped along Atlanta’s streets.
Everyone got paddled on Thursday at Sister Louisa’s CHURCH of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium. Then stepped next door to Edgewood Corner Tavern for frighteningly delicious fare. Resurgence 4 officially kicked off on Friday afternoon with a scavenger hunt. Starting with some midday eats at Carroll Street Café, we set off on a wild ride through some of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods. A special high-five goes out to Ormewood Animal Hospital for helping with the hunt.
When darkness settled downtown scooterists besieged Atlanta. Located a block from the tank scene in AMC’s The Walking Dead, the Sidebar played host. A city street was closed and scooters filled an alleyway. Nightriders toured twisty side roads and dark byways. We gratefully acknowledge our fine friends at Motoretta Atlanta for providing chase truck duties for all of this year’s rides.
Hot-off-the-line donuts and coffee were provided by the forever-fantastic Vespa Marietta on Saturday morning. With brains abuzz from sugary delights we ventured off for our long ride. Fabulous weather greeted 100+ bikes on our way to a covered bridge. Upon returning, rally-goers were invited to get zombified and ride in the Little Five Points Halloween Parade with up to 30,000 spectators.
Darkness returned and rally-goers reassembled at the always killer, Elliott Street Pub. A hearty and delicious dinner of chilli and sides was provided the eternally kick-ass Scooter Mercato. With bellies full, brave souls tackled a killer course provided by gymkhana aficionados, Atlanta Motorcycles and Repair. Vendors and sponsors like Jill Loves Jack and Gick Speed set up booths to sell their wares.
Awards were given for everything from best curry to best rat. Local sponsors called their own raffles. And raffle numbers were called for national sponsors such as Corazzo. And finally the raffle everyone was waiting for: an all-original ’79 Lambretta Jet 200. Big thanks to Matt Martin at White Lion Scooters for tuning her up. A brave, kilted Minnesotan took home the trophy for longest ridden and was the happy winner of the rally bike.
Bravo and kudos, scooterist from afar! Craving down-home breakfast fare, we came together one last time on Sunday morning at Home Grown. It’s rumored that many riders crawled back into their resting places.
Atlanta is fortunate to have several scooter shops and even a parts vendor. Every year the rally gets bigger and each year our sponsors lend their undying support to help make it happen. Thank you.
Sucks for you if you missed this year’s Resurgence Rally. Good news is we are already planning for 2013.