Two writers, three photographers, one crash test dummy and a video is what you’ve got to look forward to in this gallery from Bridlington. Thanks to Andy Gillard, Shaun Hodgkin and Booga for bringing us the coverage…

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As usual for our group most of us leave everything to the last minute in what can only be described as disorganised chaos. However, this time we’d actually managed to book accommodation in advance, one day in advance for some of us. Good news we had somewhere to stay, until you realise that yet again we are camping in late October!

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The journey up proved a long one as we set off on Saturday morning to get there for early afternoon (I told you we leave things to the last minute). Meeting up with friends from Medway and Bedford we set off up the A15 as one of our group was running in his brand new Scomadi TL200… slowly!

 

An uneventful and slow ride was rudely interrupted by an electrical issue with one of the GTSs, half way over the Humber Bridge resulting in a long push off the bridge to the safe haven of the footpath after the tolls. The problem was quickly diagnosed as a fried connector block draining the battery. With the connections sorted a set of jump leads were purchased and we were back on the road. Whilst we were sorting this issue a couple of power rangers stopped on their sports bikes and offered to help, fair play to them. Now this got me thinking about the camaraderie that exists on two wheels and how it’s sadly lacking these days in the UK and is much more evident in mainland Europe.

 

For the remainder of the ride I put this to the test by simply raising my hand as a fellow scooterist rode passed in the opposite direction heading home from Bridlington. Surprisingly of the 58 scooters that we saw only 6 waved and 8 nodded their heads!

 

I know, I must have been bored, but this goes to show that either I’m invisible (which would have its benefits for you lot and me) or the vast majority of our fellow scooterists do not feel the camaraderie that used to be a huge part of the scooterist lifestyle. Maybe a topic for further discussion?

 

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Shaun’s stand-outs

 

So we finally arrived at the campsite, threw up the tents and headed into town for the Trade & Custom show. It does exactly what it says on the tin. There are traders and there are custom scooters. Each year something new adds to the attraction of this event.

 

Saturday’s show not only promised over 100 of the country’s finest custom scooters but also a couple of rare Lambrettas by way of a genuine Innocenti factory Lambretta Model C Racer and Mike Karslake’s sidecar outfit.   This year a big crowd was drawn to the Casa Performance/JB Tuning stand where not only displayed pieces of scootering history in the  record breaking Lambretta “Siluro” streamliner, but the freshly built SSR250 Lambretta alongside the many other goodies on display was definitely a star attraction. I have a feeling there will be a lot of kidneys available in the new year when these are available!

Casa SSR250 on the road

Those that stuck around after the show were rewarded with the sight and sound of the SSR250 being fired up and ridden outside the Spa.

 

SLUK were invited to take the beast out for its maiden voyage on UK roads for a short road test before it was loaded back in the van to be returned to the Rimini Laboratory where more magic dust will be sprinkled on it! More news on the SSR 250 and it’s tamer touring brother the SST 250 to come on SLUK soon.

 

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Andy’s pick of the Show

 

Back in the show and there were plenty of gems to keep the masses (well over 2000 people visited the show throughout the day) entertained. On the classic front the VMSC had an impressive display of open frame Lambrettas from Model B to D, positioned opposite a sweet SX200 and a couple of lovely TVs.

 

My money was on an original condition Douglas Vespa Rod Model from 1952 however, recently recommissioned for the owner Peter Green who rode it the 80 miles to the show – at a leisurely 1952 pace of course!

 

Speaking of old, there seems to be a number of ‘previously enjoyed’ custom scooters returning to the scene this year. Possibly the most well known of these is Dazzle of course – its return as featured exclusively here on SLUK – taking home a number of trophies including Best of Show. Others making a reappearance included the Kate Bush themed Lambretta GP Hounds of Love, the Vespa PX125 War of The Worlds has been ‘remastered’, as has the Eurythmics inspired Mk1 T5 Shame, while Tomcats Forever was the former Top Gun custom GP. Then there’s the Sentinal and Greatest Love of All Vespa PXs that are still in great condition, as was Mike Karslake’s former Lambretta sidecar outfit, making its first public appearance since the Karslake family sold it a few months ago.

 

Another oldie was Jerusalem, painted by John Spurgeon back in 1989, while a Series 1 Li next to the sole Lambretta Chopper Club entry this weekend caught my eye as both being in a wonderful state of original condition but also being possibly the earliest example of its kind.

 

The Luna Owners’ Club also had a neat display worth mentioning, as did the Louth Scooterists, meanwhile Karl Russell’s Series 2 Lambretta War Bird had its first outing at Brid, as did another Series 2, Peaky Blinders, and Albino, one of the ‘New Breed’ of Lambretta DTC street racers.

 

Speaking of new breed, not only were there custom Vespa GTS scooters displayed, but also three or four Scomadis too, while the self built hybrids were also represented with the auto-engined Lambrettas, bike-engined scoots, and the most anarchic looking of the lot, Ting Ting, a Vespa 152L2 powered by two (yes two) go kart race engines!

 

Later in the day the BSRA awards were presented along with the Custom show trophies, the results are listed below. Congratulations to all of the prize winners! In amongst the crowd we spotted one of the new SLUKER jackets which gave the opportunity for a flash test! 

 

As the excitement and two stroke fumes subsided after the show it was on with the partying, for many this would be their last rally of 2016 so thick heads were bound to be popular on Sunday morning. The pubs were buzzing especially where the Dirty Mills had taken residence. Dancing on the chairs to karaoke singing it was great to see what scooterists do best, have a bloody good time with bloody good mates.

 

The entertainment at the Spa included live bands, with Saturday’s Style Council tribute act receiving plenty of praise, as well as various rooms of music, the soul room being a particularly sweaty affair. When we arrived all of the rooms were still in full effect and keeping people on their feet all night. Afterwards we took a nuclear reactor temperature pizza back to the tent to keep us warm and the rally was over all too soon. 

 

Thanks to all those that organise these events for us it is a thankless task and is appreciated.

 

See you all at the bar soon!

 

Shaun Hodgkin & Andy Gillard. 

Additional pics by Booga

 

 

Rallery by Shaun

Rallery by Andy

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On behalf of the LCGB – a big thanks to all those that supported the event, in particular

 

The Trophies & Sponsors – Rob Miller & Affiliated LCGB Scooter Clubs

The Judges – John Ronald, Norman Ronald & Nick Pegg

The Show Marshalls who worked all day from 7am until 4pm

The Entrants – 96 scooters were on display for all to see (from 104 scooters entered)

 

The winners of each trophy listed below are shown by:

 

Scooter Name – Registration Number – Owners Name

 

Best of Show – LCGB *(Plus £75 cash Prize)

Winner: Dazzle – A690 SWC – Paul Dizzy

Best Ridden Scooter – Scootering Magazine *(Plus £75 cash Prize)

Winner: Route 66 – UTU 812V – Paul Moore

Spectators Choice – Wearside Wanderers SC

Winner: Peaky Blinders (Series 2) – Paul Douglas

 

Best Custom Lambretta – Brum Runners SC

1st: The Stones Roses – ORP 878M – Adrian Mills

2nd: Model D – 649 UYR – Alan Mills

Best Custom Vespa – Colchester DVLC

1st: The Sentinal – A218 MCC – Gary Wickham

2nd: War of the World’s Pt2 – DX58 OGT – Mark Kendall

Best Custom Street Racer – Leeds Crusaders SC

1st: M&M – JAM 544W – Ian Morley

2nd: GP 250GTG – Carl Osbourne

Best Custom Engineered Scooter – London Lambretta Club

1st: Vespauto 2 Why be Normal – N16 MSY – Nige Massey

2nd: Theo 125 (Vespa Super) – John Mason

Best Custom Scooter with Accessories – Solent Cougars SC

1st: POB73 – POB 961M – Paul Atkinson

2nd: French LD125 – 139 XUB – Amelia Richardson

Best Custom Chopper/Cutdown – Rotherham SC

1st: Vespauto 2 Why be Normal – N16 MSY – Nige Massey

2nd: Ting Ting – T1 NG – Tony Johnson

Best Custom Lambretta Pre 1959/Series 1/2 – East Lothian SC

1st: French LD125 – 139 XUB – Amelia Richardson

2nd: Peaky Blinders (Series 2) – Paul Douglas

Best Custom Lambretta Series 3/SX Range – Louth Scooterists

1st: TV/GT200 – AXE 23B – Tim Craig

2nd: POB73 – POB 961M – Paul Atkinson

Best Custom Lambretta GP Range – Leeds Central SC

1st: Dazzle – A690 SWC – Paul Dizzy

2nd: M&M – JAM 544W – Ian Morley

 

 

Best Custom Lambretta/Vespa Small Frame – Luna Owners Club

1st: Moonage Daydream – WUE 412H – David Thackwray

2nd: Vega 75 – SER 75K – Chris Wotton

 

Best Custom Vespa P Range/T5 onwards – Oxford Roadrunners SC

1st: Shame – E515 CCH – Warren Hodgkinson

2nd: Ceremony – FAC 33 – Jason Stephenson

Best Custom Paintwork – Solidarity SC

1st: M&M – JAM 544W – Ian Morley

2nd: Peaky Blinders (Series 2) – Paul Douglas

Best Custom Chrome/Engraving/Plating – Stone SC

1st: Dazzle – A690 SWC – Paul Dizzy

2nd: Tomcats Forever – CHE 374A – Kevin McDonnell

 

Best Ridden Lambretta – Darlington SC

1st: The Troubles – 613 VMG – Aaron Mitchell

2nd: 1956 LD Series 2 – 859 UKH – Marc Richardson

Best Ridden Vespa – Orgasm Addicts SC

1st: Twisted Attraction – G799 BBK – Richard Hall

2nd: The Greatest Love of All – B17 TJC – Tim Lovell

Best Ridden Lambretta Street Racer – Ready Steady Go SC

1st: The Beast – NMA 501T – Stephen Holt

2nd: Nexx Carbon Pure – AKN 62K – Duncan Kilbride

Best Ridden Vespa Street Racer – Crucified For Life SC

1st: Vespauto Why Be Normal – MAS 1V – Nige Massey

2nd: Tucano Urbano – N724 HGT – Dave Tesseyman

Best Ridden Engineered Scooter – Keighley SC

1st: Copper Chopper – CRO 59B – John Glover

2nd: Nexx Carbon Pure – AKN 62K – Duncan Kilbride

Best Ridden Scooter with Accessories – Selby Moving Targets SC

1st: Twisted Attraction – G799 BBK – Richard Hall

2nd: GS160 Mk1 – USL 371 – Antony Gotts

Best Ridden Chopper/Cutdown – Lambretta Chopper Owners Club

1st: Copper Chopper – CRO 59B – John Glover

2nd: Celtic Warrior – PAG 480A – Andrew Waller

Best Ridden Lambretta Pre 1959/Series 1/2 – Crawley SC

1st: Model C – VYL 785 – Alan Mills

2nd: Model D – 424 UXV – Brian Clough

Best Ridden Lambretta Series 3/SX Range – Bristol Lambretta Club

1st: If Looks Could Kill – UKB 94H – Jon Ashford Smith

2nd: 32 Years in the Making – LMN 539J – Steve Stringer

Best Ridden Lambretta GP Range – Wisemen SC

1st: Route 66 – UTU 812V – Paul Moore

2nd: Rule Britannia – C296 OVW – Don Garrett

Best Ridden Lambretta/Vespa Small Frame – York SC

1st: Lambretta LDB – 897 LMP – Brian Clough

2nd: Brilla Brilla – A897 TAC – Phillip Vanner

 

 

Best Ridden Vespa Pre- P Range/T5 – Smugglers SC

1st: GS160 Mk1 – USL 371 – Antony Gotts

2nd: Tucano Urbano – N724 HGT – Dave Tesseyman

Best Ridden Vespa P Range/T5 onwards – Doncaster Hunters SC

1st: The Greatest Love of All – B17 TJC – Tim Lovell

2nd: Hellboy – SF03 EUB – Steve Baker

Best Un-Restored Scooter – Stateside SC

1st: 1952 Vespa Rod Model – NVM 951 – Peter Green

2nd: Vespa Sprint – PGV 124E – Andy Robinson

Best Ridden Paintwork – Lincoln & Newark Scooter Riders Collective

1st: Twisted Attraction – G799 BBK – Richard Hall

2nd: War Bird – 152 UYR – Karl Russell

Best Ridden Chrome/Engraving/Plating – Lambretta Club Of Wales

1st: Hands of Love – G24 DAB – Justin Price

2nd: Avatar – ETV 615T – Rick Sheppard

 

Best Mural – Modrapheniacs SC

1st: Dazzle – A690 SWC – Paul Dizzy

2nd: Peaky Blinders (Series 2) – Paul Douglas

Best Auto Engined Scooter – LCGB

1st: Lambretta Malossi Special – NWB 726P – Duncan Kilbride

2nd: Jersey Boys – PO65 GNJ – G Armillei

Best Vinyl/Graphics – Berwick Bulldogs SC

1st: POB73 – POB 961M – Paul Atkinson

2nd: If Looks Could Kill – UKB 94H – Jon Ashford Smith

Non-Vespa/Lambretta – Essex Lambretta Club

1st: Opposites Attract – PO15 DUV – Kevin Franks

2nd: Heaven & Hull – PO15 HFZ – Phil Edwards

Best Indian Scooter – Frontline SC

1st: Route 66 – UTU 812V – Paul Moore

2nd: Dazzle – A690 SWC – Paul Dizzy

Best Spanish Scooter – Wigan Bluebeats SC

1st: 32 Years in the Making – LMN 539J – Steve Stringer

2nd: POB73 – POB 961M – Paul Atkinson

Best Individual Display – New Forest SC

1st: Dazzle – A690 SWC – Paul Dizzy

2nd: Peaky Blinders (Series 2) – Paul Douglas

Best First Time Entrant – Indecipherables Lambretta Collective

1st: TV/GT200 – AXE 23B – Tim Craig

2nd: M&M – JAM 544W – Ian Morley

Best Club Display – Scootering Magazine *(Plus £75 cash Prize)

1st: VMSC

2nd: Luna Owners Club

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