Who: Ale Ian
For me scootering in the 80’s has fond memories because it was done with a wide variety of like-minded people, all with a common goal.
We all wanted to ride our scooters as much as we could and gather together to share in the great atmosphere that it created. The same feeling you got whether riding alone, in pairs or in larger numbers. We were drunk on this feeling of togetherness. Our common focus was to keep on keeping on and that also meant that for many of us we achieved this on a shoestring. Even if we literally had to tie bits together using string just to get us there. Been there, done that. We may not all have had breakdown cover and mobile phones weren’t around but we had each other and back then there was no divide. None of this Lammy versus Vespa, traditional versus auto, old versus new. We had scooters and that was our common bond.
This photo was from a weekend in Margate in 1985. We rode from Eastleigh in Hampshire, all non-motorway. We had a couple of breakdowns. Nowt too serious thankfully. If I were to choose one photo it’d probably be me with the red jumper showing off my shiny cut down that carried me and my missus Lynda to Margate.
Moment in Time
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