21 Comments

  1. John
    29th August 2019 @ 2:03 pm

    Each to their own, what ever floats your boat.

    Saying that my own view….
    Ok i get we all ride fossil fuel powered transport to attend the rally etc but is a ride out something that should still happen in these times of Global Warming , Carbon footprints etc .

    Bagpipes, Veterans and a Bulldog, lot of armed forces veterans ,riders with Scottish heritage (we are in a union still, might change) ride scoots so if it makes you feel good then no harm done, saying that I’ve never seen a bulldog riding a scooter.

    Riders… Hope they were all under the drink drive limit?

    Riders attire.. personal choice this one, a pair of Sambas and a 10 quid pair of shorts from George at A$da you can shoot Peas through aint really up to the job, but you know the consequences of coming off so up to yourself.

    Pillions.. Kids wearing the above, sorry for me that is a real no no.

    Route marshals.. Full respect for giving up their time.

    IOW locals… Didn’t want to know us back in the day, so maybe somethings do change.

    IOW Rally …Sat on the Wightlink ferry (thinking this fares a rip off) on the return and saw the IOW tourism video promoting reasons to visit the IOW,, guess what the scooter rally was included! so that pretty much summed it up for me.

    As i said,,,Each to their own, what ever floats your boat (or overpriced ferry.

  2. PandemoniumRocket
    29th August 2019 @ 3:26 pm

    Agree entirely, it’s become even more of a circus, I’m embarrassed to do the rideout these days. It was bad enough with Cute kids heading it off now its become a farce. I think I preferred it when we weren’t so welcome. Riding attire is personal choice, not my skin not my problem..

  3. T5172
    29th August 2019 @ 5:02 pm

    “Is the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally for Scooterists, or is it for the benefit of the Island and its tourism?”

    It’s obviously the latter. I have photos from outside the balcony without a single scooter rider in the picture. It’s a weekender for anyone who likes a drink, anyone who likes music and anyone who owns a bar to make a killing on Bank Holiday weekend. It wasn’t much better up the site, which had VW campers all over the place in the field that used to be exclusively scooters. It is what it is, but it’s not a scooter rally (or run, as I prefer to call them) any more. I hope VFM have a National somewhere else and lets the Island have it’s ‘retro bank holiday weekend’ event or whatever they want to call it.

    As for the Sunday carnival parade, yeah I’ll give that a miss too.

  4. seth3030
    29th August 2019 @ 5:52 pm

    Why do certain people always shout out ” we are the mods “, had this at Hoggin the Bridge in 2017 , nothing against mods, but i ride a scooter, lets not put everyone into the same pot.

    Ignorant fukka who ever said it on the video and yes the ride out is getting like to be a circus / freak show.

    • Iggy
      29th August 2019 @ 7:56 pm

      I think he may of been shouting “We are the MOD, we are the MOD” for the British legion…

  5. Gladdy
    29th August 2019 @ 6:21 pm

    Gave up doing the ride out years ago. Our club used to do the route and marshalling.
    Now it a bleeding circus. I want nothing to do with it. I respect and support our armed forces, but what the hell has a bagpipe band and the British legion got to do with scootering?
    The cute kids are a step too far for me , but at least they’re on a scooter of sorts.
    Just hope no one knocks them off of gets knocked off by them. The whole thing is now turning into a carnival, I’m totally uninterested in taking part.
    I live here and have my whole life,so I appreciate the cost of getting here is high try 7 or 8 crossings a year, but my choice. The island welcomes the rally now, and if there’s profit to be made I can’t blame them. But I for one wouldn’t be sad to see it every other year.
    I always camp at Smallbrook stadium with my club mates on the official VFM rally site, and avoid Ryde seafront at all costs, less I be mistaken for a mod.

  6. Gary
    29th August 2019 @ 6:24 pm

    My first I.o.w rally since 2008…..stopped going as I felt it was overly commercial.Union Street becomes a sea of Union Jack’s and targets with shop windows full of poor quality scooter tat.
    Always felt the ride out was a bit of a show for tourists etc.So maybe something ‘new’ for next year wouldn’t go amiss.only thing I found was that it was cheaper to drink in Ryde rather than at Smallbrook…..payed to get in for the entertainment then got charged almost twice the price for the same two drinks!?

  7. Deborah Eales
    29th August 2019 @ 7:08 pm

    Agree to a certain extent – we were parked on the road at the entrance to the coach park, we did also comment on the 2 wheeled vehicles blocking the road at the start – some even had roofs on them????? Really???? My idea was for all trophy winners or entrants of the customer show to start the ride out off? I had another idea was for me to start it off next year on my ‘It’s Pimms O’clock’ Lambretta as the ride it’s actually on the day of my birthday next year

    • Sticky Round
      29th August 2019 @ 10:09 pm

      Getting the custom show winning machines at the front would be great if you could persuade the owners to remain sober for a second day. Can’t see that happening.

  8. Jason Ashley
    29th August 2019 @ 7:27 pm

    Absolutely brilliant weekend smiley happy people everywhere
    Long may it continue, big thanks to all the people that come to
    The rally roll on 2020

  9. Mr. Lucknow
    30th August 2019 @ 12:03 am

    I stopped going late 80s. A pathetic and infantile spectacle that twists our whole history and culture into a parody of itself.

  10. lambretta67
    30th August 2019 @ 3:46 pm

    Who organised the ride out. Bet it wasn’t the V.f.m.

  11. paul d
    30th August 2019 @ 3:49 pm

    Custom show winners leading the Rideout is the best idea I’ve heard in a while. The people of Ryde are good enough to have us, in my opinion they have a right to join the Rideout commemorating war vets or whatever they see fit to as long as it’s not political. I don’t see the scooterist merchandise in the shops as a cashin. I see it as a sign of welcome to us, locals enjoying the weekend with us. The ferries have no respect for us. For those who picked the wrong lane, it was an unfair long wait! Fog was the reason this year but it’s always mayhem. Unacceptable. We should be a priority for them, I’m not asking for charity, just honor our tickets!

  12. Nick Doodney
    30th August 2019 @ 4:05 pm

    Used to love the IOW, went for donkeys years and met some amazing people and saw some even more amazing scoots….then witnessed the decline into a nylon fuelled fancy dress shop farce, a trailer fest of show ponies and the latest twist and go clone that looks like they have been covered in superglue and ridden through a magpies crack den…..not for me anymore but I miss the good times I have there from the 80s to the early 2000s

    • Jim campbell
      31st August 2019 @ 11:58 am

      100% agree that the ride out is a pile of shite, but only people who have another agenda will concentrate solely on this. I personally object to being expected to attend VFM do’s ‘out in the sticks’ as opposed to some of the fine nights out in the pubs and clubs around the island. Constantly reading about how others are cashing in is annoying to say the least. In any walk of life if you’re providing good entertainment why wouldn’t you get paid?
      Scooterists aren’t the minions of the VFM, we’ll do what we want and go where the craic is, no matter who is promoting it. We do attend VFM do’s on other rallies but enjoy the freedom to go where we want whilst on the island.
      One final question, will the no 1’s meeting consist of VFM handing out rallies that they’re prepared to sanction? I believe if we go down that road it will be the beginning of the end for our scene. As I said at the start I believe there is an agenda here where certain parties want the whole pie, excluding anyone else.
      Long live free choice.

  13. nic.tracy
    30th August 2019 @ 4:25 pm

    I went to the late 70s early 80s rallies we were all young[born 63] I hate this organisation custom shows etc we all turned up went away nothing organised apart from the venue it was unbelievable fun nowadays mate have word

  14. mickymidas
    30th August 2019 @ 9:05 pm

    Who actually organises the ride out ?
    The body responsible must have invited the pipe corps of the Isle of Wight gay Gordon highlanders to lead the ride out off ?
    I’m sure all the riders appreciate the military efforts of the old soldiers in attendance , but wtf have they got to do with a scooter rally ?
    Personally I reckon local businesses got a bit scared when vfm moved the main base of entertainment from the ice rink to the camp site and have overthought things to get publicity for what they see as the end of the rally ..

    • wayne spooner
      4th September 2019 @ 8:56 pm

      It was my first rally since 2006. Personally I had a great time from the ride down to the ride back. Had a great time campin( the weather made it easy). Had a great time in Ryde. The VFM do a fantastic job of sorting it all out. I was to hungover ( still pissed more like) to take part in the ride out so I watched it .
      The start whilst I am sure was done with the best of intentions was just a load o bollox.
      What was different from the IoW rallies in the 90s was that the ferry had cars on. Some of my old photos show the deck chocka with scoots.
      Definately kick started my love of rallies again. So much so as soon as I got back I booked some digs for Southport.

  15. ULC Shane
    31st August 2019 @ 10:37 am

    Pile of shite I call these days and only been once and that was enough for me. I rode 720 miles doing the Wild Atlantic Way this August and although the weather was hit n miss the craic riding with other Lambretta riders certainly made for a very entertaining weekend. Roll on the next one

  16. boggobomber
    31st August 2019 @ 1:41 pm

    We never to do the rally ride-outs (thats a lie… we did the Dutch Lions one last year & I probably would do abroad rideouts in the future)… and we are normally riding our merry way back home come the sunday on IOW so never actually witnessed it… but if thats what riders want I suppose they are free to take part… looks abit over the top & my idea of hell to me though……. I do think its funny that someone would take a scooter in a van… unload it for posing round the island & doing the rideout then put it back in van…. and its not just OLD people doing this….. but thats another topic…

  17. Essex Twohundred
    5th September 2019 @ 1:11 am

    Sticky,
    My thoughts and Ale Ian’s too I see.
    Theres an IOW Scooter Rally group on Fakebook and as soon as the footage was posted Ale Ian started by saying WTF, and What next.
    Some of the responses have been venomous as it transpired that it was intended to commemorate a fellow scootering, but to be honest we e all lost someone and they’ve all had jobs but we wouldn’t expect them to be leading the Biggest National Scooter Rally in the world. My dad was a Marine and when he left the Armed Services a Postman. If he was a scooter lover, which he isn’t, would it be okay for the Rally be led by Postam Pat. No, I dont think so.
    So I respect our armed services, of which I couldn’t join, and I respect my fellow Fallon scooterists, but for me it should be closely Scooter related always.

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