The 2018 edition of the Vespa World Days, the most important gathering of Vespa enthusiasts, which brings together Vespa Clubs from all over the world, was held in Belfast during June 16th through 17th.
The splendid capital of Northern Ireland welcomed over 3,000 Vespas officially registered for the event – as well as thousands that drove over from throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on the spur of the moment – representing 37 nations, from the United States to Indonesia, from Australia to Mexico, from Canada to China, and including all of Europe and the Mediterranean area up to Israel. A testament to the strong universal appeal of the Vespa legend, which is currently experiencing one of its most triumphant periods.
A spectacular parade of Vespas made its way along the splendid Causeway Coast, amid green fields and the North Sea, welcomed by the applause of the local population as it headed for Belfast, a trendy destination and Lonely Planet’s number 1 location of the Top 10 places to visit.
Of the many Vespas on parade the award for the oldest and most precious vehicle went to a splendid and very efficient 1951 Vespa Douglas, in a perfect state of conservation and still with the original period spare tyre.
As is traditional, the final act of the Vespa World Days was to announce the winners of the Vespa Trophy, a sought after tourist trophy created thanks to a partnership with Michelin in which Vespa Club members demonstrate all of their stops on the way to Belfast thanks to photos and special stamps on their Travel Books.
Victory went to Italy, thanks to Vespa Club Verona, which came in ahead of Vespa Club Morciano di Romagna, while third place went to Belgium’s Vespa Club Oostende. Special recognition also went to the Presidents of Vespa Club Cyprusand Vespa Club Oostende, while for the first time the award for Solo Vespa Driver went to a woman, a member of Vespa Club Prague who travelled over 6,000 km alone to reach Belfast.
The next edition is set for 2019 and will be held in Hungary.