In Memory of Marshall Tito: A Scooter Contest

May 22, 2009

To celebrate the upcoming officially recognized birthday of Josip Broz Tito I would like to offer the opportunity for one lucky trainspotter to win a fantastic Scootmoto decal. The first person to identify the model scooter displayed at 1:07 of this BBC video will win this prize. Don’t put links in your response below just the make and model and I’ll ‘fact check’. (If the feed goes dead here’s the direct link: )

Disclaimer: Not an official contest. Subject to Bb pulling the post and replacing it with a helmet review. But I swear I’ll send one to the first lucky winner, as soon as I get around to it. -bgk


7 Responses to “In Memory of Marshall Tito: A Scooter Contest”

  1. VESPA-BOYNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 8:06pm

    It a appears to a one of a kind 58th Birthday gift for Tito. I found the following on the web:

    “Mr. D’Ascani’s masterpiece could not have passed unnoticed in Belgrade in the late forties. Shortly after the MP6 had wheeled its small aeroplane wheels on the streets of Rome, the president of the SFRY Josip Broz Tito wanted to take a ride on a similar apparatus; it could not be that the Italian neighbours have come up with a thing so ingenious that Yugoslav engineers are not capable to rebuild it here as well!
    He ordered a team of mechanics to construct a two-wheeler for him. The product was given as a birthday gift for Comrade Tito’s 58th birthday. Legend has it that he took the wheel only once and… he did not like it. That was the one and the only ride of the Yugoslav-made Vespa.”

    Chris Bulat

  2. theageofindustryNo Gravatar on May 22nd, 2009 11:40pm

    It’s a minsk kroha

    I’d like to see you prove me otherwise!

  3. illnoiseNo Gravatar on May 23rd, 2009 6:17am

    Googling “Minsk Kroha” will prove otherwise!

    I stand behind this contest 100% but I wonder if Brooke actually knows the answer. I sure don’t, though I have some ideas…

  4. illnoiseNo Gravatar on May 23rd, 2009 6:21am

    Ah, Chris’ comment was in moderation and I just released it. Being of Yugoslavian descent, I’d like to think they could make a better Vespa knockoff than that, but the photo in the story confirms it! Though we’re still lacking a make and model name, if they exist…

  5. BrookeNo Gravatar on May 23rd, 2009 8:50am

    Good job, Chris! He gets a prize for sure. If someone else can get some sort of make or model name by the end of May they’ll get one too.

    I had no idea of the history and obviously still have no idea of the actual name of the scooter. I just stumbled upon the bbc video when waiting for some cells to start glowing on my microscope.

    Anyone see the movie, The Wounds?

  6. illnoiseNo Gravatar on May 23rd, 2009 3:58pm

    NSU sold the Prima tooling to Pretis in Yugoslavia, who made the NSU Pretis Prima, but it’s not that, obviously. That’s the only Jugo-made scooter I know of, thanks to John Gerber and American Scooterist…

    They were founded in 1948, so they coulda built that… It’s “??????” in Cyrillic, I think, if anyone wants to follow that path…

    Pretis is still around (current-day Bosnia), making military equipment.

  7. illnoiseNo Gravatar on May 23rd, 2009 4:02pm

    Looks like I can’t do cyrillic, so it’s this word (in bold by itself at top left)

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