79 days around the world on a Vespa !
I want to start my Series of Scooter Personalities with a very special person and a role model to me and many others:
Antonio Veciana Ferrus.
I had the Pleasure to meet this great Scooter Traveler on Vespa Event in Tomelloso Spain and learned about his story while sharing great food and some glasses of excellent wine !
Santiago Guillen and Antonio Veciana, were still Students 1962 when they decided to ride together on 1 Vespa Scooter all around the world in 1962, taking just 79 days for the 18,937 miles (30,500 km) through 17 countries.
They wanted to beat the fictional example set in Jules Vernes’ classic story ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, but the purpose for the two 20 year-old youth activists was to show the world and the spanish youth that one can reach whatever goal he wants to achieve with good planning and proper motivation.
Their Vespa, named ‘Dulcinea’, was signed for good luck by the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali before they set off.
Their route took them from Spain through Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afganistan, Pakistan and India. from there they flew by ‘plane t
o Kuala Lumpur and on to Hong Kong and Japan. Finally they rode across the USA before returning to Spain via France.
The ‘Dali Scooter’ as it is now known, is on permanent display at Piaggio’s museum in Pontederra, Italy.
‘En 79 Dias Vuelta Al Mundo En Vespa’ is the name of the book of the trip by Santiago and Antonio, which was published in 2005 by Dossat, ISBN 84-96437-111. I am the lucky owner of a signed edition !
The trailer for a Spanish documentary which we were able to see in Tomelloso can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=bexFd606a-M
and here the link to the spanish wikipedia entry : https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_79_d%C3%ADas._Vuelta_al_mundo_en_Vespa