I’ve just heard that John Gerber has passed away. As an active participant in the U.S. scooter scene since “the old days,” John was the preeminent historian of American scootering history, collecting his own memories, first-person accounts, and laboriously-researched stories for American Scooterist. He was frankly the heart and soul of the Vespa Club of America. Aside from that, I have no details at all, but I’ll share the information when I get it, and a proper tribute when I’m less speechless.
3 thoughts on “Farewell, John Gerber”
I never got a chance to meet him. But I’m glad that he did so much work documenting his experience as well as passing it along to others. This is a sad day for American Vespa enthusiasts.
I don’t think John’s contribution to scootering can really be quantified. He provided a sense of history to all us latter-day hipsters and really did a great job in defining what scootering is in America by shining a light on our hobby’s past.
Hard to believe John is no longer with us. He was at Amerivespa this year (as always) and in good spirits. Hell of a rider, historian and fierce defender of the brand. Farewell John.
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