Scooters Bring Italian Chic to Dream Machines
For many fans of film, there is no image cooler—or more romantic—than Audrey Hepburn's delicate arms wrapped around Gregory Peck's waist as he zips her through the streets of Rome on the back of an Italian scooter.
"For over 60 years, Italian scooters have been an instantly recognizable symbol of chic, cool, nostalgic fun," explains Jim Williams, a scooter aficionado who is bringing his passion to Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, April 30 at Half Moon Bay Airport.
Williams explains that in post-war Italy, scooters epitomized a new social fabric, with a focus on freedom, light-heartedness, and youth.
"When the first scooters were imported to the US by companies like Sears-Roebuck, they struck a chord of delight," he says. " An entire sub-culture developed, with scooters at the center."
This year, Dream Machines will showcase pre-1975 "Vintage" class scooters, 1975-1992 "Classics," and modern day, automatic shift, 4-stroke scooters, also known as "twist-and-go."
Williams insists that scooters are the ultimate "Dream Machine," and quite possibly a key to everlasting youth.
"Anyone can get on a scooter," he says, "and instantly feel 18 again."