“Brum brum”, as Giorgio Bettinelli's book which I came cross almost by chance. I decided that, sooner or later, I would have accomplished my short Vespa trip with the same spirit that animated Bettinelli, no shortcuts, with maps and among people, free to be guided by the essence of the journey along the perimeter of Europe which, indeed, is the "home" of those who are my age. The E.U. member countries, the candidates and those considered potential candidates: I would try and touch all of them to discover what their roads would have to tell. Riding a 50CC Vespa, top speed 45km/h, because what I wanted to see was not the continent that runs along the highways, I didn't want to hop from town to town. Because I like looking around even while I drive.
Last came the idea of the World Guinness Record. The cherry on top, not an obsession at all. Upon arrival we'll see how far we drove.
Simone Sciutteri, a 33-year-old italian from Celle Ligure, has been a lifeguard from march to october in Albisola for many years now. Simone has always been a reader, a writer (personal blog with thoughts and stories, and the publication of a poetry book), a traveler: from the Transsiberian to SouthAmerica, through a adventurous African Rally on a €400-worth Y10. In november 2014 Simone packed his stuff on a 1985 Vespa Pk50 and decided to travel across all Europe. A total of almost 16K Kilometres and the Guinness World Record for “The longest journey on a 50cc”, although that was not his obsession: «The thing about the Record came long after the idea of this trip…».
Peyton, Vespa PK50S – Circulation start date: Jan, 2nd 1985
We met in 2010, right after my old scooter blew. At that time it was blue, although since the beginning I imagined it red. Pulled out of a friend’s garage, where it had been parked for two years, it started running again on June, 14th 2010. It sill didn’t know, but since the very first time I started the engine I knew that sooner or later we would have accomplished a trip together.
After our dry run on a Celle-Lugano full of troubles, the set-up with the Motomeccanica crew and the red paint-job, we were almost ready.
One night I was watching Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers. Peyton Manning, 38y.o. Broncos QB broke the NFL all-time-touchdown-pass record. Him, who stood by for two years due to a neck injury, whom was declared too old to get back to the top, dumped by his old team. He got up after many difficulties and, with that pass, he was getting back, even better than before, to make NFL history. There was the name. We were ready to ride.
During the trip I realized that Eurovespa was becoming a collective adventure.
Many followed the trip kilometer after kilometer, through moto.it or on the Facebook page and along the way I met lots of people with whom I shared a little part of the trip: a stop-over, an evening, a beer, a tale. With the documentary I want to connect all the pieces, tell the trip in its entirety, show those who helped me on the road the kilometers I drove to get to a point and the ones I did afterwards.
Because it is a way to say thenk you to all those who have been part of Eurovespa.
Because it has been a important experience I want to sort, recollect and tell.
Because I imagine that someone I've been chatting with in a bar perhaps is now asking himself: I wander what's up with that crazy guy on the Vespa.
Who will contribute to the crowdfunding should be moved by the curiosity for a uncommon story to be told, by the belief that a journey on a 50cc Vespa is a good way to tell the roads and the people of Europe, on top of being a interesting challenge.
Because he/she thinks it is a good thing, back from an adventure, being able to pay tribute to all those who made it possible.
The film will be realized by Igor D’India, Simone's friend and adventure partner. Together, in 2009, they drove the Africa Rally, a "crazy" odyssey on €400-worth Y10, that had already survived a Mongl Rally a few months before. Instead of the uncomfortable old Y10 seats, for “Eurovespa - the movie” Igor and Simone will seat again side by side in the editing room to relive and transfer the emotions of the 15.586 km across Europe.
"Igor has the right attitude and experience to give the proper interpretation of an adventure such as Eurovespa"
His career as a documentarist begins in 2005 when, 21-years old, filmed “The windows of Beslan", a independent reportage about the massacre in little village in Ossetia. In his homewtown Palermo, in 2010 he denounces in “Oreto - The Urban Adventure” the estate of degradation of the river that crosses the city and, in 2012, he spends one month in total isolation in the "Pidocchio cave", without watch nor light, telling the sensorial experience in the movie "Geology of a dream". 2014 is the year of consecration amongst the big names of new generation adventurers and documentarists thanks to The Yukon Blues, in which he tells his expedition through Canada and Alaska, 16.000 km hitch-hiking and 1.400 solo-paddling on a canoe on the Yukon River, following Walter Bonatti's trail. The Yukon Blues is distributed on national and international TV channels, and in the collections "The Legends od Alpinism" with the italian most important sport-newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.