Every year the Lambretta Clubs of Great Britain, Scotland, Ulster and Eire take turns to organise an event for members of all these national clubs. 2017 saw the LCGB hosting the event in sunny Shipston-on-Stour.
The little town in the Cotswolds has hosted LCGB rallies in previous years. Those of us who have attended before know just how good the roads towards it are to ride on your scooter, thanks to its location in rural Warwickshire, close to the borders of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
The venue for the rally itself is the Sheldon Bosley Hub, a former engineering social club located in a housing estate just a few minutes walk from the town centre. It may sound a little unorthodox for a scooter rally, but believe me, it works. Even the Chinese Takeaway located at the end of the bar suits those with the pre-midnight munchies.
The programme of events was fairly relaxed, a ride-out leaving late Saturday morning to a pub some 20 or so miles away. Ideal for those wanting to experience even more of the beautiful English countryside, via twisty country lanes, through picture-postcard villages full of thatched cottages and ancient churches. All good stuff and perfect location material for any TV detective period drama series.
Back at the ‘hub’ the rally had all the ingredients of a perfect lazy day with the early morning drizzle having departed. Any latecomers welcomed by a reasonably priced bar, the LCGB club stall and plenty of people meandering around in a rush for nothing. Down town the pubs were doing a roaring trade, as you may imagine, with those on a quest for real ale and good cider suitably accommodated by the many hostelries, all offering something slightly quaint rather than the ‘big chain’ experience often found in larger towns.
In fact the one chain noticeable in Shipston was the Co-op, conveniently located in the square and opposite a pub, thus providing plenty of entertainment for the masses as we watched members of ‘the Cotswolds Set’ trying to park their unfeasibly large vehicles in regularly sized car-parking spaces. Maybe we’re just easily amused…
Entertainment each evening back on site was provided by VFM’s sound system and it was nice to hear the DJs playing different tunes to an appreciative audience who seemed to enjoy something less than the norm; so the packed dance floor would indicate at least. Trophies were awarded (and dropped!) on the Saturday evening for scooters (the oldest being a Model C) as well as attendance, and I think it’s fair to say that all those at the 4 Nations rally this year had a cracking time.
Value for money?
With a goodie bag and meals included in the ticket price, the LCGB did us proud with a great value for money event, and the fact not everyone rushed off home at the crack of dawn on Sunday as seems to be what happens on rallies these days, must say something.
Ride safe: Andy Gillard – ScooterNova magazine
Rallery by Andy Gillard
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