New rally venues

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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

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