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Vespa Scooters To Race Mexican 1000 For Fun and Glory

 Team Tutto Mondo will field a pair of Vespas in the 2020 Mexican 1000.

Published on 03.03.2020

Racing Vespa scooters 1,000 miles down the length of the Baja Peninsula? Seriously? That’s exactly what Tutto Mondo Racing is doing, and they’re being joined by their Italian cousins Leonardo Pilati, and Pietro Bologna. Pietro is the head of the Central Italian Vespa Club, and Leonardo has won multiple championships in several Vespa racing disciplines in Europe. You may not be aware, but Vespa’s raced the Mexican 1000 back in the 1970’s. They may not be thought of as race bikes here, but around the world there are Vespa scooter clubs, and Vespa racing going on everywhere.

Tutto Mondo Racing’s credo is to build family around the world through racing. They have done that with their Australian cousins; winning the Mexican 1000 in Brother Roger Benham’s VW. After urging the Italians to come and experience the same fun, they said they would if they could race Vespa’s; so here they come. What better way to get your feet wet racing in Baja than to actually get your feet wet racing a Vespa! The Italians will join Brothers Marcus, and Phillip Benham, Rob Mezzetti, and Tutto Mondo team members representing Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Mexico, and the USA.

Vespa scooters race Mexican 1000

Tutto Mondo Racing’s Marcus Benham had this to say about the team’s plans to race a pair of Vespa’s in this year’s Mexican 1000. “There’s no way to look cool racing a Vespa, so you have to just go out and have fun. Just like any off-road race vehicle, our Vespa’s have skid plates, bigger tires, and some work done on the shocks. If you want to race on a budget, they can’t be beat. We were doing some prep at a shop in Mexico, and soon had 20 of the locals joining in to help. I wouldn’t be surprised if racing Vespa’s became a big thing over here like it is in Europe.”


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NORRA makes it a point to include everyone at the Mexican 1000, even scooters. Competitors are a diverse crowd running the gamut from off-road racing icons and current stars, to adventure seeking average Joes and well-traveled lovers of Baja. The race includes classes for bikes, quads, UTV’s, vintage vehicles, state-of-the-art race cars, and has a history of participants entering non-standard race vehicles like Ernie Vigil on his Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE who placed 5th in last year’s event. Even with the range of vehicles and personalities in the race, we expect the scooters will still stand out and gather crowds at each pit stop.

Vespa Scooters race Mexican 1000

The NORRA Mexican 1000 continues to honor the past while also forging the future. Competitors are creating the stories, and tall tales that will be shared around the campfire by future generations. The words that we use today to describe the sport, “Off-Road Racing” were conceived by Mike Pearlman for the original event in 1967. Today, the Mexican 1000 captures the same challenge, adventure, fun, and Mexican hospitality as the original race

This year’s Mexican 1000 takes place April 17-24, 2020 starting in Ensenada and ending in San Jose del Cabo. You can get more information about participating or following the action on the NORRA website.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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