This years Mile High Mayhem scooter rally, celebrating a remarkable twelfth anniversary, will be living in the past: With its Mile High School Musical theme and four days of events named after a salvo of high-school movies, its all about the joy of youth and the call of the carefree spin. Its also indicative of a national trend toward vintage-only rallies for scooter connoisseurs. Its been tough to hold on this long, says Colin Shattuck of Sportique Scooters, whos been among the Mayhem elite since the beginning. Weve lost a lot of our original organizers, so the focus now is on classic scooters. We get the folks whove been toiling to keep these machines running for a long time.
Not that you cant scoot along on a newer make: The real objective of Mile High Mayhem is to have a good time, without attracting a swarm of candy-apple rides too big to manage. And to that end, therell be plenty of good times, starting with tonights Summer Fling party from 6 p.m. to close at Nallens, 1429 Market Street. A Porkys happy hour at La Bohème, a Breakfast Club morning mixer at Billys Inn and the culminating Dazed and Confused gymkhana at Tambien are only a sampling of the parties, competitions and excursions scheduled through Sunday, and you can expect to find Shattuck there, probably aboard one of his favorites (a true collector, he hoards a cool dozen in his garage): a two-tone 60 Lambretta or a white 74 Vespa Rally 200.