SIP Scootershop is celebrating its silver anniversary, having been founded in 1994.
The German scooter accessories and tuning shop actually began in a domestic garage, where the first products were stored. In the absence of staff, founders Ralf Yodl and Alex Barth (pictured) took the parcels to the post office by Vespa themselves.
“Those were the days! A lot has happened over the past two and a half decades,” the pair said. “We have taken plenty of right decisions, and some wrong ones. We’ve met people who’ve become friends. We have been able to look at the topic of scooters from a variety of angles.
“There have been stressful times, like sitting in front of the keyboard at two o’clock in the morning in the cold former barracks in Erpftinger Straße wearing our jackets and gloves trying to come up with descriptive texts for the next catalogue. There have been moments of considerable joy, such as the road trips with friends and employees, when we arrived at the sea after a 1000 km journey, with dust from the road on our faces, and raised a toast over an ice-cold beer. We have laughed, mused, celebrated and mourned together. This time line tells of these stories, highlights the milestones of the SIP history and reports about the big and small things that have made us into the company we are today.”
As for the future, Sipp Scootershop says it wants to continue “with the balancing act of being an efficient, modern company and on the other, an authentic, honest family business”.
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