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Biker Dad: Hundreds will "scoot' into Memphis for a big event, with little bikes


Big things come in small packages. Next year a very big thing will come to Memphis, and it's the bikes that are small. The 2016 "Amerivespa" scooter rally will scoot into town in June. Exact dates aren't set yet though. The Memphis Kings Scooter Club President, Jay Blundon isn't just a scooter enthusiast. He's also a neuro scientist, a researcher at St. Jude. He couldn't be more excited that the national rally is coming to the Mid-South. He just rode to the 2015 rally in Indianapolis, where 500 "scooterists" buzzed into the home of the Indy 500.

"We've been a scooter club since 2003. Our number one focus is spreading the love and joy of scoots," Jay tells me, "We are very fortunate to have 'Amerivespa' 24 in Memphis, Tennessee in June of next year. Our rallies here locally usually have between 100 and 120 attendees.  'Amerivespa is usually between 500 and 600 attendees. So, we'll be bringing a lot of scoots to Memphis. "

Jay's wife, Lettie, also a Memphis Kings member rides too. She cranked up her new, vintage looking scooter and gave the throttle a goose. The beige beauty she calls "Tigger," complete with a tiger patterned seat, sprang to life, "We go to so many rallies, whenever I can take off," she told me "that's what I do on the weekend. We meet so many people, we become a family...we come from every kind of job, religion, it doesn't matter. What we have in common is the scooter world and that's what makes it fun."

"'Amerivespa' is basically a rally on steroids where we have a lot of socials, a lot of long rides in the country, a lot of short rides around town. We have scooter judging, we have scooter games," Jay says. " Tennessee has had 'Amerivespa' before...but we've never had it in Memphis. We have a lot to offer. We have Graceland. We have Beale Street. We have great rides along the Mississippi River trail. We have BBQ."

I asked Jay why he chooses to scoot. "It's just about being out on two wheels. Lots of us have motorcycles as well. I have two motorcycles...The big difference between motorcycles and scooters.(A motorcycle) you ride like a horse. You grab it, (grunts) and you go. You get on a scooter and it's like a magic carpet. It's fast, it zips away and you don't know anything's beneath you." He says if you've never ridden a scooter, give it a chance. If you jump on one, you'll be hooked just like him.

As far as the rally next year, "Memphis has never seen this many scooters before. I'm psyched to have it and psyched to see what happens," Jay says.

The national "Amerivespa" rally will be just weeks after the Tennessee HOG (Harley Owners Group) rally set for Memphis in May of 2016. It's going to be a hot year on two wheels in Memphis. Stay tuned for updates.

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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