60th anniversary Manx scooter stamp collection | NEWS
We’ve got a fair few anoraks in the scooter scene and no doubt we have a few philatelists as well. Combine scooters and special edition commemorative stamps and you’re on to a winner.
That’s what the Isle of Man Post Office has done to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Manx International Motor Scooter Rally. Appearing on stamps is a far cry from how we were perceived in 1981 when the IOM executive Council banned scooters travelling to the island after trouble on the mainland. That ban was only overturned as recently as 2002.
Years later history is forgotten and we’re welcomed to towns, islands and seaside resorts with open cash registers. In fact later this month the Isle of Man will be hosting their annual scooter rally (giving you the perfect opportunity to collect a set of these stamps in person).
The eight-stamp collection was put together with the help of Manx based, Scooter Mania! author, Steve Jackson. Steve’s first rally was Morecambe 1984 and he was a member of clubs in Birmingham, London and Devon before relocating to the Isle of Man in 2008. Steve was inspired by the rich scooter heritage of the island and the archives held in the Manx Museum, which lead him to write Scooter Mania! Recollections of the Isle of man International Scooter Rally in 2014.
- First class: Nev frost team S Equipe, Douglas Beach 1969
- First class: TerryMoore, Ramsey Sprint 1969
- EU: Tony The Salford Knights, Douglas Grandstand 2014
- EU: Andre Baldet, Douglas Promenade 1962
- £1: Bond Works Team, 1960
- ROW: Vespa Display Team, Nobles Park, Douglas 1958
- ROW: G Marsh and A Hicks, Hill Climb, The Sloc 1961
- ROW: Kathleen Westaway, Villa Marina, Douglas 1969
Stamp sets and prices
Prices start at £7.90 for a set of mint stamps, you can have a presentation pack for £8.65, First Day Cover for £8.60, Sheet Set at £158, a Special Sheetlet for £7.90 or a framed stamp set for £29.99.
To order your set or for more information visit: Isle of Man stamps & coins
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