April 24, 2010
2strokebuzz has been turning down advertisers for ten years now, it’s always been important to us to maintain our objective view, and our integrity. So you may be surprised to see a Motorsport Scooters ad up in the top right corner now. Motorsport has agreed to be our exclusive web sponsor for the next year.
I’ve been dealing with Alex Cohn and Motorsport since the mid-90s, when the shop was called “Vespa Motorsport.” Motorsport and Fabio Ballarin’s Vespa Supershop were longtime friends and neighbors in San Diego, and merged for a while. Both were huge supporters of the 90s scooter scene, sponsoring rallies, racing, and other events, and generally keeping vintage scootering and the Vespa legend alive during Piaggio’s absence from the U.S. I have typewritten catalogs, decals, and a great Motorsport t-shirt (still fits, barely) from back in those days, and I’ve been a completely satisfied, if not frequent, customer since.
I can’t think of a single bad thing to say about Alex or Motorsport. In fifteen years of scootering and frequenting webforums, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a complaint about the shop or Alex. And on the other hand, while some potential advertisers are close friends and may pose a conflict of interest, I’ve never even met Alex in person, we have what appears to be a professional mutual respect. He asked me what it’d take to get his ad on 2SB, so I picked a price higher than I thought he’d pay and told him he’d have to commit to a full year, and he wrote back. “Is that all? We’ll do it!”
So Alex gets his ads, 2SB gets some operating capital, and I can’t see this deal influencing the editorial content of 2SB one bit, aside from maybe guilting me into posting more frequently and adding some new features. I hope you’ll patronize Motorsport, recommend them to friends, and let them know that you appreciate his support of 2strokebuzz and everything else he does for scootering.