Maine rally draws scooterati from multiple states

Publish Date: 
Jul 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine’s Scooter community will come out in force July 26 for the second annual Ski's Shrimp Run, a ride that reportedly brings riders from as far away as Nova Scotia and Tennessee.

“As people get used to seeing the scooters, they get more interested,” Darrell Clark, who has owned Cumberland County Scooters and Cycles for 18 months and bought his first scooter in the mid-1980s, told the Portland Press Herald. “(The stigma) is definitely loosening up.”

His shop bills itself as the only scooter-specific retail and repair shop in Portland.

“As soon as gas prices spike I see more scooters,” said Jessica Sherlock, a rally organizer and employee at Tri Sports Inc., which sells Vespa scooters in Topsham. “Plus, they are attractive, and for some models no special license is required.”

Sherlock has co-organized the rally for two years with Keith Biedrzycki, also of Topsham. The rally is named after Biedrzycki’s father, who is nicknamed “Ski.”

The 18-mile rally is open to all, regardless of scooter make or model. It will start at the Sea Dog Brewing Co. parking lot in Topsham and finish in Richmond as part of the Richmond Days celebration. The rally will travel at a speed of 30 mph, have multiple police escorts and a truck following behind in case of breakdowns.

From the Dealernews wires