Shed Weekender Scooter Rally 2016 Swadlincote | RALLERY
Those of you who remember Shed Magazine will know it from the long tradition of British alternative scooter magazines in the vein of Scooterthing. A5-sized mag Shed was based on the holy trinity of Beer Banter and Boobs and never took itself too seriously.
The spin-off from Shed Magazine actually lasted longer, with the Shed Weekenders adding a 4th B of Bands to the equation. I remember drunkenly quizing Ed Tudor Pole (of Tenpole Tudor) at a Shed Rally about his relationship with tree-like characters on TV’s ‘The Adventure Game’, leaving him looking perplexed and keen to escape. Only later was it pointed out that he hosted a completely different TV programme – The Crystal Maze – which therefore made me an idiot…
After a few years off, head Shedster Gibbo revived the event’s corpse and brought back the naughtiness to an old pit-village near Swadlingcote, this time with the aid of Burton Brewers, Bradford Discharge and members of Minorities.
We missed the Friday downpours and arrived in time for a very well sorted open-air custom show. There were big displays of customised Italjet Dragsters, Lambretta Chopper Owner’s Club were out in force and a good selection of other assorted styles were on display. Shed is a very scooterboy event, so not many Mod-machines. The overall custom show winner was an automatic for heavens sake – Saw – proving that blinkers are best left at home.
The Shedsters put on a great fun-game in the form of a live version of Hungry Hippos – not around the food stalls, but inside with plastic balls, baskets and stupidity. Most entertaining. This was followed closely by the Shed Babes’ Scooter Wash which really does what it says on the tin.
Evening delights included Zombie Shed Babes, a 10-ft tall laser robot and Basket Case being upstaged by a young lad called Cai. In all the Shed Rally attracted 800 people and muscled its way back into a packed season without drama, so Gibbo plans to bring it out of retirement again next year.
Additional photos by Ellis