Jeff Bass and his company Scooterpatch.com is ScooterSwag’s sponsor. Recently he went to China and took some photos of unusual scooters and swag. The scooters were primarily in Beijing and the swag were spotted in Dongguan and Guangzhou both in Guangdong Province.
I like the ernest sayings a lot. And I wonder if Marlboro pays the scooterist some advertising dollars?
Hi there ScooterSwaggers. Happy New Year. Sorry for the lapse in swag-dom. After a busy Christmas, travels and a long bout with the flu, I’m back on the job.
Which brings us to this first post of 2013. Eric E. is a “Long time reader, and collector of all things Vespa” who’s based in Jiaxing, China right now. (That’s in the middle of the Northeast coast.) He found these shirts for sale on the street and like any swagger worth his mettle, couldn’t resist buying them.
I asked him what the scooter scene was like there and this was his reply:
“It’s interesting, in Hong Kong there is pride and style associated with scooters and motorcycles, I saw cafe racers ridden by “rockers” and Vespa/PGO/LML scooters that were washed and waxed. On the mainland they are just basic transportation and as long as they move forward they don’t do anything to fix them. People everywhere riding around at night with no lights, and everything is barely hacked together enough to keep going.”
Eric promises to take photos of anything else he comes across of interest.
This is a particularly cute little box. Awhile back I bought up a bunch of these to use as gifts. The seat lifts up to reveal that you have a spare tire and a pink half-shell in case you need them ; ) The only source I’ve found for them is a regular eBay seller. They’re listed as “marybdecorativeart” or you can search with the words “scooter trinket box.” They’re $12, including shipping with the US.