New rally venues
I read with interest comments in December’s Scootering about scooter rallies. First, I must put my hand up and admit I was one of those who didn’t bother to say anything or make a comment about the rallies, so I’ve only myself to blame.
I agree that the rallies have got stagnant, both on a national and local level. Yes there are plenty of clubs organising their own events but where to? No further than their own doorstep in most cases. I think this is leading to a more and more regionalised scooter rally scene where a lot of scooterists are hardly travelling any distance.
Even those that used to make some effort are seeing an easy life or pound signs and deciding to organise some alternatives closer to home. These clubrun events all claim ‘scooterists putting something back into the scene’ or ‘local event for local people’ or something similar, asking us to support their local event that they seem to suggest they’re only organising for our benefit. But where’s the sense of adventure in events like this? The result is fewer people travelling far and wide, and this we need to correct somehow.
It’s easy to sit back and blame others, but we can help a little. First of all, tell the BSRA what we think – I for one want new locations please, different roads to travel, different scenery to enjoy, different towns to visit, that will hopefully attract different people.
Where I live is not really suitable for a rally, but we all need to keep eyes open for options, seaside towns with a big enough venue for the evening do and somewhere close to camp. It’s not an easy task these days I’m sure, with everything done legally, but I hope it can be done.
Well done to the BSRA for all of their work so far, and good luck for the future in, hopefully, fresh fields. Tim, Stoke