Updated: Feb 2, 2022
It was Lambretta Jamboree.
St Augustine, Florida, Oct. 7-10, 2021.
Words: Michael T. Davis
Photos/Video: Amy Walsh, Andy Stern, Joe Barthlow
At the first stop of the Thursday ride, with stale gas still in the tank and the weight of the past 18 months starting to abate, I parked my Series 3 LI under the Spanish moss at the gates of the Fountain of Youth and yawed, largely for myself, but loud enough to set the tone for the weekend, – “I fucking love LAMMY JAMMY.” The bike got this far and I would have been happy enough with just one ride. Just one group ride would have satiated the need, scratched the itch. But a few short hours later– after riding past Old Town Saint Augustine and over the Bridge of Lions, sitting on the water eating conch and drinking Red Stripe under a Tiki hut while bullshitting about anarchy and punk rock and 401Ks and Propecia and club drama and on and on and on, I was ready to put the 2021 Lambretta Jamboree down in the annals as a smashing success. I could have packed up, turned around drove ten hours back home happy with just one day. We all felt that way. After months of pent up energy and countless moments rescheduled we could count on one thing, if not in our rust buckets with dubious states of road worthiness, but we could count on the Lambretta Jamboree being the premier scooter event in the country.
We could pretend things were kinda normal again.
So let ‘em rip boys. It was on, as friends old and new rolled into the sleepy North Florida town known for being the country's oldest, we embraced (vaccinated against the modern scurvy), we drank, we coasted past the inlets, waterways, through tiny cobblestone streets. We motored to the beach and in the torrential rain. No wrecks and few break downs, picnics and beach games and the buried treasure was an exhaust pipe. We consorted with privateers, we danced. We conquered like conquistadors – the roads belonged to us. We felt the sand in our toes and the 2-stroke in our noses. We rode and we lived. If just for a little bit – as if our home offices, COVID protocols, uncertain futures, all the gunk clogging up the carburetors of our lives were finally free. Our bikes easily started, our tanks always full, just running through the gears, searching and finding and sailing on for more adventures. We lived as the Pirates – free and unencumbered with nothing but our mates at our sides and our futures as promising as the New World’s sun on our backs.
So raise the rum to putting Lambretta Jamboree 2021 in the books. Next year is in Santa Rosa & Napa Valley and while things may getting closer to normal by then, it will definitely be the closest my bike (and my poor wife for that matter) will get to our Italian roots and dream vacation for some time. Imagine drinking a robust Zinfandel and riding through the rolling hills of Northern California’s Mediterranean climate, on these ancient Milanese bikes, channeling Dionysus astride Innocenti’s finest brought to you by the Lambretta Club USA. Sipping from the same vine but in new wine skins.
See you all in California!
There aren’t enough praises and thank you’s available for the organizers this year for everything they have done to ensure that an amazing time was had by all. Special thanks to our sponsors and please remember to shop local. Extra special thank you to the LCUSA, the LCUSA Executive Leadership, Florida Lambretta Owners and to Kieran and Amy. These guys could plan an invasion of a small country on a moment’s notice, I swear.