Monday, March 14, 2016

12th Annual SoCAL SLOW RIDE - April 2, 2016


ANNUAL SoCAL SLOW RIDE – APRIL 2, 2016
Torrance, CA

The South Bay Scooter Club will be hosting the 12th ANNUAL SoCAL SLOW RIDE on April 2, 2016.

If your scooter has always had troubles keeping up on "normal" scooter rides and rallys, this event is for you! Designed for scoots 125cc or below, this ride is a slow, sub-40mph cruise through Palos Verdes and the South Bay. Beautiful scenery at a very slow pace. Slow vintage scoots preferred, but this event is open to all slow scooters.

SATURDAY, APRIL 2nd
12NOON: Meet at the Torrance Crossroads Shopping Center parking lot - Park around the fountain in front of the Gen Korean restaurant (intersection of Crenshaw & Lomita Blvds). MAPS will be given out before the ride, so be sure to get one. Please GAS UP before the ride, as we will NOT be stopping for fuel once we get underway.

Ride leaves at 1PM for the famous, and often-copied, SOUTH BAY SWERVE 'N' CURVE ROUTE through Palos Verdes, done at a very slow pace. The ride will end at TBD.

T-Shirts are available ONLINE ONLY at THIS LINK. There are both light and dark T-Shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies available.

Rain cancels.


To register, or for all the current event info, be sure to go to the Facebook Event Page.

For more info about our club, please go to the South Bay Scooter Club website.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

SWERVE 'N' CURVE #16 Wrap-Up!


UNBELIEVABLE! That's the number one thing I can say about the 231 SCOOTERS that rode this past weekend's 16th edition of the South Bay Scooter Club's famous SWERVE 'N' CURVE SCOOTER RALLY (with NO incidents, too)!! We had a great time at both Gasser Lounge on Friday night, and at Absolution Brewing Company on Saturday for the Swerve N Curve party. HUGE MEGA THANKS go out to all who helped: Amanda Weber with the organization and awesomeness; Mary Ann Artavia with the Rally Packs; Tony Sepe w/ raffle stuff; Matt Hart, Buster "Gina" Alexander, Rich Negri, and Sarah Springer with the pins; Elaine Pisu, Matt Hart and Sikk Scooters with the extra seating, tables and shade; Chris @ Monkey Drive T-Shirts; Christina and Marissa Artavia with the rally pack stuffing; and ALL of our Traffic blockers (you know who you are). BIG THANKS, too, to all our great Swerve N Curve Rally SPONSORS: Del Amo Motorsports, Sikk Scooters, GUS Vintage Goods, Fancy Tails, Route 66 Scooters, Eaglerider, Frank Viramontes, and Tony Sepe. Thanks also, to everyone who came out from various clubs and cities: SBSC, Hard Pack SC, Westside SC, Diablos SC, LASG, LBASG, OC Rucksters, SGV, Ventura, San Diego and Santa Barbara. It was so great seeing, and riding with, all of you - LET'S DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR!! And, if you'd like to see some pictures and videos from this year's SWERVE 'N' CURVE, please check out the links below:

SWERVE 'N' CURVE #16 PICS:
by the SOUTH BAY SCOOTER CLUB
by MANNY ROSALES
by JACK RYAN

SWERVE 'N' CURVE #16 VIDEOS:
by MONK3Y ANDME STUDIOS
by DEL AMO MOTORSPORTS
by MATT HART
by RICHARD ANAYA
by LASG / vipersyl (Sat ride)
by LASG / vipersyl (Fri ride)
by SCOOTER OBSESSION!
by RON CORTEZ
by NEIL ELLIS SHAFTON
by PHU PHAM (drone footage 1)
by PHU PHAM (drone footage 2)


IF YOU WERE AT THE RALLY YOU KNOW THAT THE RALLY PACKS WERE NOT IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE AFTER WE GOT TO ABSOLUTION BREWING COMPANY ON SATURDAY. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THAT - SO IF YOU DID NOT GET A CHANCE TO GET A RALLY PACK THEN, YOU CAN ORDER ONE OF THE LAST ONES WE HAVE LEFT, BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK. (Please note, we are all out of LARGE sized t-shirts, and only have 10 or less of the other sizes). Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery and thank you for the support!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SWERVE 'N' CURVE #15 Wrap-Up


This year's SWERVE 'N' CURVE SCOOTER RALLY was a landmark one for the South Bay Scooter Club. It was our 15th one! Seems hard to believe that we have been doing it that long, but since it is still the longest, continuously-running scooter rally in all of L.A., we must be doing something right.



This year, we had over 170 scooters come out for the main ride on Saturday. Thanks to everyone for coming out year after year. Thanks, also, to everyone who came out for their first time. I hope everyone had as good a time as I did.
 
There are LOTS of thanks to go around. First off, THANKS SO MUCH to all who helped with the planning and execution of the entire rally. Amanda Weber, Amy Sadler, Mary Ann Artavia, Lisa Reid, Andre Pegus, and all our other rally volunteers, - you guys really stepped up. Special thanks also goes out to certain members of the LASG, the Adventurists SG, and everyone else who helped block traffic for all of us - corralling all those scooters isn't easy but you all did it extremely well.

HUGE THANKS also goes to ALL of our great rally sponsors, too. I really mean it when I ask you all to please patronize the following businesses or organizations, as they really helped us put on another great rally for you - visit their links and help them out, dammit!  ;) Massimo's Vespa Shop,
Monkey Drive Screenprinting, Del Amo Motorsports, Eaglerider, Lambretta Club of Los Angeles, Vespa Club of Los Angeles.
 

Thanks also to ALPINE VILLAGE, in Torrance, for the great hospitality, food, and fun after-party location after Saturday's ride. Remember to hit their annual OKTOBERFEST during October!


Lastly, thanks to everyone who supported the rally by buying rally packs, patches, raffle tickets and donating for food - we appreciate your help in letting us throw this great ride and party for you every year!

FYI, we found an extra box of RALLY PACKS that were unfortunately not brought to the rally on Saturday, so we have a few of them left if you did not get one. Sizes are mostly XL & 2XL, but there are a few Mediums and Larges left, too. CLICK HERE, to order yours. Or, if you'd like to purchase merchandise from previous rallys, please go to the SWERVE 'N' CURVE RALLY STORE.

BTW, if you'd like to see more pics from this mondo rally, click here!

Now, be sure to mark your calendars again - SWERVE 'N' CURVE #16 will be going down August 21-22, 2015!! See you there!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Swerve 'N' Curve #14 Wrap-Up

From August 28, 2013:


Well, last weekend's SWERVE 'N' CURVE SCOOTER RALLY was a TOTAL BLAST, AGAIN!!! We officially set a NEW RECORD of 211 scooters for the ride on Saturday, alone! Thanks to everyone who came out, from near and from far, to really make this the BIGGEST & the BEST Rally in L.A. Not only did the rally have quantity, but it also had quality, as well, as it was evident to see that it was just a great bunch of people to hang out with on a great summer Friday night & Saturday afternoon.

There are LOTS of thanks to go around. First off, THANKS SO MUCH to all who helped with the planning and execution of the entire rally. Amanda Weber, Tony Sepe, Mark Born, Mary Ann Artavia, Lisa Reid, Andre Pegus, and all our other rally volunteers, - you guys really stepped up. BIG, HUGE thanks, of course, goes to SBSC member Mac McClellan and his wife, Joan, for hosting the after party at their house again - we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful spot to have it! Special thanks also goes out to the LASG, the Adventurists SG, and everyone else who helped block traffic for all of us - it went so smoothly this year, I swear it felt like there was no other traffic on the road - you guys are Pros!!

HUGE THANKS also goes to ALL of our great rally sponsors, too. I really mean it when I ask you all to please patronize the following businesses or organizations, as they really helped us put on another great rally for you - visit their links and help them out, dammit!  ;)
Mid-Cities Honda, Bishop Auto Design, Honda Santa Monica, SDFT (Self-Defense Firearms Training), Massimo's Vespa Shop, Thai Dishes Restaurant, Monkey Drive Screenprinting, Piaggio, Vespa Motosrsport, Galaxy Scooters, Corazzo Riding Gear, ScootRS, Route 66 Scooters, Del Amo Motorsports, Eaglerider, SpeedoKing, Rockberry, The Gasser Lounge, Kincaid's Restaurant, Four Daughters Kitchen, Coyote Cantina, Sharkeez Hermosa Beach, Lambretta Club of Los Angeles, Vespa Club of Los Angeles.
Lastly, thanks to everyone who supported the rally by buying rally packs, patches, raffle tickets and donating for food - we appreciate your help in letting us throw this great ride and party for you every year! FYI, there are no more original shirts left, but we have made some SNC#14 Cafe Press shirts available (including some specialty women's sizes), along with the remaining original patches and pins. If you'd like to purchase any of these, please go to the SWERVE 'N' CURVE RALLY STORE.

BTW, there are a few galleries of pics and links to some videos from the rally, below. If you have any more, please feel free to send us the links and we will post them on our SoCal Scooter Blog.
Pics by Scootermodster/Various people (Flickr)
Pics by Shane O'Donnell (Facebook)
Pics by Manny Rosales (Flickr)
Video by Klaus Waldorf
Video by Neil Shafton

Now, be sure to mark your calendars again - SWERVE 'N' CURVE #15 will be going down August 22-23, 2014!! See you there!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Swerve N Curve #14 Route MAPS!

NEW for this year's SWERVE N CURVE #14 SCOOTER RALLY: 
Even though the South Bay Scooter Club will be providing a printed map of the route, there is both a Google Map and a GPS file (for your GPS Navigators) of the big Saturday Swerve N Curve ride.

Click here for the Google MAP.

Click here for the GPS File.
To import the file, there are a few different methods:

If you have a Garmin GPS, you can use a free download from Garmin, a program called basecamp. Just "file" and "import" the file, then "send" it to the GPS.

There's another free program that works very well. It is called "Tyre for Travel". Again you just "File" then "import" the file and last, "Garmin" "send" it to the unit.

But the easiest method, is just to drag and drop the file into a folder named "GPX" on the actual unit. Just plug it in, start up MS Explorer, and Garmin units have a folder named "GPX". Just drop the file in there. When you start up the unit, newer ones will recognize it automatically, older units need to do an Import routine in the Settings and Data area.


(Special thanks to Liam, from the LASG, for the MAPS and instructions!)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Swerve N Curve #12 Wrap-up

Just wanted to say thanks so much to everyone who came out for the 12th edition of our famous SWERVE 'N' CURVE SCOOTER RALLY. It is now the longest-running rally still going on in all of SoCal. Over 120 scooters cruised out for this rally, making it our best turnout in years.

WRAP-UP:


We met Friday night at the Palos Verdes Bowl, a cool bowling alley that has been around since 1958. The bar/lounge area made for a perfect old school location for the traditional rally Meet 'N' Greet.

Big thanks to Mary Ann and Babette for selling our rally packs at the Bowl. Much appreciated, girls!

Then, we went for a quick, but cool night ride. We stopped just after passing La Venta Inn, in order to get a great view of the L.A. basin at night. You can see from Ventura all the way to the Inland Empire from up there, and the lights make it that much better.

We ended the night ride at one of our favorite watering holes, a place we've been going to as a club for years, Hennessey's Tavern in Redondo Beach. After some good suds 'n' grub, we all headed home to get ready for the next day's big ride.

Saturday morning, we all headed to the day ride meet spot which was The Shellback Tavern, a pub that was right in front of the Manhattan Beach Pier, in Manhattan Beach. This is the ride that everyone and their mom seemed to come out to, as we reached, and some say far surpassed, the century mark, in terms of number of attending scooters. It was amazing!

@ the Manhattan Beach Pier

When we took off from Manhattan Beach, we headed south through the South Bay beach cities, hitting Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and up and into Palos Verdes for the famous Swerve N Curve route. Plus, we actually picked up even more scooters and riders along the way who were waiting for us, and who just joined in on the spur of the moment!! As for the ride, we mixed it up a bit this year, as we dipped into San Pedro and hung out at the Korean Friendship Bell for some time.

Cruising the Esplanade in Redondo Beach
Cruising the PV Swerve N Curve route
in San Pedro
Korean Bell parking lot
@ the Korean Bell parking lot

After the break in San Pedro, we doubled back a bit and came back to ride the "switchback," better know as PV Drive East. This is a nice steep road, with lots of twisties, that skirts along the east side of the Palos Verdes peninsula. It's got great views of the L.A. Harbor, if you slow down long enough to view them, and can afford to do so on such a twisty road.

After heading down the hill and into Torrance, we headed for Alpine Village, home of "Oktoberfest" and great imported beers on tap and good food. Once there, we had a scooter show and contest. Judging took place and awards were given. Congrats to Rich Sihilling for winning the "Best Vintage Scooter" award with his chrome, black and pink-flamed vintage Vespa Rally. Congrats, also, to Bret Ingraham for winning the "Best Modern Scooter" award with his custom and Malossi equipped modern Vespa LX150. Thanks again, to Mary Ann and Renee, for practically selling all of the remaining rally packs for us - you guys were awesome. Gracias also goes out to all of our traffic blockers - the ride could not have gone as smoothly as it did without you!!

Winner: Best Vintage Scooter Award! Congrats to Rich!!
Bret's

Saturday's day ride ended up taking so much out of everyone, that not as many people showed up for the Saturday night ride. Still we had a good group that again met at the PV Bowl in Torrance, then rode to Ashley's Bar in Long Beach. Special thanks goes out to Jesse Trejo and the Long Beach Sound Society for hosting a cool Saturday night event to end the rally on a good note.

If you'd like to see some more pics from the rally, just click on this link.

Again, thanks to all who came out, helped out, and enjoyed another fun Swerve N Curve. We'll see you all next year for "Lucky Thirteen."

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Our 12th Swerve 'N' Curve rally is this weekend!!

Swerve N Curve #12

SWERVE 'N' CURVE #12 SCOOTER RALLY
THIS WEEKEND
August 19-20, 2011

Here is the FINAL ITINERARY for the rally:

FRIDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 19:

7PM: “Meet ‘N’ Greet”
at the PALOS VERDES BOWL, 24600 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505, (310) 326-5120. Early comers can get the first crack at getting rally packs here. We'll be in the bar/lounge area if not outside.

8PM: Leave for the Night time Beach Ride in the South Bay.

9PM: End the ride at Hennessey’s Tavern Redondo Beach, 1712 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA, (310) 540-8443.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20:

11AM: Meet at the SHELLBACK TAVERN (@ the Manhattan Beach Pier), 116 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (park in the free motorcycle parking area in front of the tavern)**.

**Those who need to unload off of trailers or trucks can park them in the Target parking lot, located east of the pier, at the intersection of Manhattan Beach Blvd and N. Sepulveda Blvd. After unloading your scooters, you'll just have to ride west on Manhattan Beach Blvd until you get to the pier.

Be sure to get your RIDE MAP for the day's ride, which will be handed out here. Rally packs will not be available here but will be at the end of the ride (see below).

12noon: Ride leaves for the famous South Bay Swerve 'N' Curve route around Palos Verdes.

Alpine Village
2/3PM:
Ride will end at the world-famous ALPINE VILLAGE INN, "home of Oktoberfest," 833 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90502, (310) 327-4384. Park your scooters along the north side of the restaurant, on the bricks. SCOOTER SHOW & Judging to take place upon arrival; Trophies for "BEST VINTAGE" & "BEST MODERN" Scooters will be awarded within the first hour. Rally packs will be available. Enjoy some mod/ska/scooter tunes while you're sampling Alpine Village's great assortment of German, Belgian and craft beers on tap.

SATURDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 20:


6:30PM: Meet at the PALOS VERDES BOWL, 24600 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505, (310) 326-5120.

7:30PM: We leave for the NIGHT RIDE to
The Long Beach Sound Society's Swerve N Curve Event at Ashley's Bar & Grill, 1734 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA. 21 & over; $5 Cover. Last chance to get rally packs, if there are any left. For all the event details, go to this link.

End of Rally.

PLEASE GAS UP BEFORE ALL RIDES!

*The image at the top is the design that the patches and t-shirts in the rally packs will have on them.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please keep visiting the Swerve N Curve #12 info page:
http://www.southbayscooterclub.com/sbsc/events/snc12.html