Scooter Grand Prizza

8 Dec

Last month Austin, Texas, had the honor of being the host city for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.  News media and fans from all over the world poured into Austin and headed over to the new Circuit of the Americas state-of-the-art race track.  Most of the Downtown Warehouse District was blocked off for three days.  It’s been five years since an F1 race has been held in the USA, creating an especially exciting atmosphere.  We’re told half a billion people watched the the race.  It was a really big deal!

In honor of this major event, the The Pizza Bistro hosted its own Scooter Grand Prizza — free pizza and reserved parking for anyone showing up on a scooter.

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John Kinnaird, owner of The Pizza Bistro, and his staff greeted us at the door.  With Vespas lined up for outdoor seating, their enthusiasm for scooters was immediately apparent.  When asked about that, he said,

I’m sure you know that scooters are the preferred method of transportation all over Italy.  There were thousands and thousands!  They were wonderful:  functional, colorful, beautiful!  As we were working on design ideas about how to ‘fuse’ Austin and Italy together, we decided that one great way to do so would be to include scooters in our restaurant floorplans.  We think that they add spirit, a dash of fun and help connect us to Italy.

As for the pizza?  Bravo!  You get to choose style, size, sauce, and toppings.   I ordered thin crust with perfectly seasoned Marinara sauce.  John said they import many of their ingredients from Italy, and it shows. Of course, there are many other items on the menu.   Great service.  I’ll be back!

I wasn’t about to let this event go by without an Austin Scooter Club ride, so I linked up some of our best hilly, curvy roads for a fast 42-mile ride through West Austin.  At least in my mind, the Grand Prizza lived up to its name!  The video speaks for itself.

GoPro fans, I used my new Hero 2 for most of the ride footage.  Right now you can pick up a Hero 2 for a good price.  With the latest firmware download, it’s an economical upgrade from the Hero.  While I haven’t made a side-by-side comparison, it does a noticeably better job of handling motion and low light.  I see a Hero 3 Black in my future. . . .

Peace on the Road!

P.S.  Joy is everywhere, Funiculi, Funicula!

10 Responses to “Scooter Grand Prizza”

  1. Lois Avitt December 8, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    I knew about this but really nice to get more info…L&H…MOM

    • biketrash December 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Reading and talking about these rides is nice, but the video brings it to life.

  2. Zan December 8, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Wow! Production values just keeping getting better! I am impressed. I really enjoyed seeing your ride. Scooters and Formula One together. Who (but Linda) would have thunk it? Gonna have to give the Pizza Bistro a try.

    Thanks for another great blog entry.

    • biketrash December 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      Thanks, Zan! You wouldn’t believe how many hours I spent on that 2.5 minutes! So you’ll know, the scooters are at the Lake Austin Blvd. location. It’s a fun place.

  3. Lori December 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Darn I hated to miss this one but I was working at the track for F1. Please do it again Linda.


    • biketrash December 9, 2012 at 7:55 am #

      So did our route look as exciting as Circuit of the Americas? Ha ha! I’m sure we’ll be doing this ride again. Or just call me up sometime and we’ll do it on our own. It’s a fun one!

  4. Steve December 9, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    The ONE ride I miss and it gets a video blog :( Looks like a great time was had by all though :)

    • biketrash December 9, 2012 at 7:56 am #

      We did have a good time. I will say, though, that the video would be a lot better showing a Morphous!

  5. Daphne December 10, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Great video Linda!! Makes me want to get on bike and go for a ride through Barton Creek.

    • biketrash December 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      Glad you liked it, Daphne. If you’re inspired to go out and ride, then I’ve done my job!

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