Who: Big 7 scooter club
What: National rally
When: 17th-19th June
Why: Gaining national status for the first time
I’d not done Big 7 before but quite a few friends have previously and thoroughly recommended it, and as it was it’s first time as a National I decided to give it a go.
As always the week leading up to the rally is spent checking the weather forecast, which as each day progresses becomes increasingly biblical in it’s outlook, things aren’t looking great. Come the Friday afternoon and we set off, waterproofs on, heading into the storm. Well it’s not quite as bad as predicted with rain, sun, rain and more sun. After losing my riding buddies (don’t ask) I get there at about six and put my tent up. One last shower and then the sun says hi.
Then it’s off to the northern soul room, via the food stalls. For those that haven’t been to Big 7 before it’s held at Hop Farm Family Park and based round a central hub of food stalls and the main music rooms, northern soul, ska, and the school disco, with the live band marquee behind.
After stuffing my face I catch up with lots of old friends, as well as catching up with my beer intake (it’s a scooter rally – it’s the law). Friday slowly disappears in a misty and drunken haze to be replaced by Saturday morning a few hours later. Breakfast, then a sit down and chat on the VCB stall, a wander round the custom show, then more beer.
More time spent in the northern room, then off to the band tent to see Bad Manners… kind of, the tent’s packed to capacity and the best I can do is poke my head in, then listen from the outside, but I still enjoyed it.
As the evening draws to a close I stuff my face with cheesy chips (a bit of a rally tradition for me) and it’s off to bed.
I wake up to glorious sunshine, pack up and head home, after a great rally, one I’ll certainly be doing again.
One last thing, it was good to see so many young scooterists there, and although it reminds me how old I am it’s nice to know that scootering is moving forward.
Photos: Sticky, Nikki, Emperor Ming & Booga