The rally season is well underway now, although it’s seemed like a slow start this year. Shaun Hodgkin gives us his view on the recent South West Scooter Clubs Teignmouth rally. If you’d like to write up any rallies or events for us we’re always happy to hear from you, we’re out and about at most places but can’t be everywhere and occasionally it’s nice to just go away and enjoy ourselves.
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The South West Scooter Clubs team know how to put on a proper scooterist party and Tinmuff is no exception. The rally has now established itself as a must go to destination and all that attend want to head back the next year. So much so that accommodation sells out very quickly.
This year we blasted down on the Friday morning, bumping in to several other usual suspects at the Bristol Services, riding the rest of the journey down the boring M5 together. Whilst the weather was grey and miserable (like me most days!) we were lucky to dodge any rain showers. Arriving in reasonable time we headed straight to our usual chalet to meet up with the rest of our group.
The rally itself is located on a small holiday park in Shaldon, just over the mouth of the Teign. Whilst Shaldon may be small it is blessed with several friendly local pubs that welcome us with open arms and lends itself nicely to a Saturday afternoon pub crawl. One of the pubs has it’s beer garden on the beach and a few steps away from the pedestrian “ferry” that carries willing victims across the estuary in to Teignmouth itself… when I say a ferry I mean a dinghy for approx. 10 people! Surprisingly enough Teignmouth has more pubs for our alcohol supping and general merriment!
The chalet/static caravan accommodation on the site might be basic, but ticks the box and means we don’t have to carry camping kit. Everything is on site should you wish to stay put all weekend. There’s a bar restaurant, live bands, a chip shop, food shop, arcade, swimming pool and the main venue… and more bars.
As is the norm at the SWSC rallies the atmosphere is always excellent and everyone is in party spirits. It seemed particularly evident this year after the weather gods unfortunately caused a wash out for the Modrapheniacs rally, as a result this was to be the first outing of 2018 for many local scooterists. One thing that scooterists know how to do is party, especially if they are making up for lost time!
The usual custom show and ride out took place on the Saturday morning, but being the intrepid SLUKer that I am someone forced me to drink too much Jack Daniels on the Friday night so I didn’t wake up in time to get any “official” photos……oops! That said a wander around the campsite and I spotted most of the scooters that featured and a few more besides.
There were a few more dealers present this year… at least there were a few more packing up by the time we saw them?!
The entertainment was put on by the South West’s finest DJs including Emma Cox and Terry Walters, etc. Several bands played over the weekend, with the Long Tall Texans and random scooterist classic tunes going down well on the Saturday night in the main room and more traditional soul, etc in the bar area.
I’ll be back
Grabbing a breakfast on Sunday morning we weren’t aware of what weather we had in store for the journey back up hill to Northamptonshire… it involved a lot of watery stuff falling mainly on us in ever increasing quantities! The good thing is my AlpineStars luminous yellow waterproofs didn’t leak… I may look like a twat, but at least I was a dry twat!
This is one of those unsung little rallies that you hope will go unnoticed and not be spoilt by growing too big, however it’s also one of those that if you miss, you’re missing out on a cracker but don’t tell anyone!
Thanks to all at the SWSC for putting on another great rally. Roll on next year, we’ll be back!
Words and photos: Shaun Hodgkin
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