Warmwell Win­ter Rally

The South West Scooter Clubs’ end of sea­son party took place at the de­cid­edly hos­pitable Warmwell Hol­i­day Park in Novem­ber.

Scootering - - Contents - Andy

Scooter­ing down to Dorset to join the SWSC at their end of year rally.

Fly­ing back from the Milan mo­tor­cy­cle show just be­fore the rally didn’t leave me much time to pre­pare, but with the game plan be­ing to take the trusty Vespa PX all I needed to do was check the tyres, oil and fuel. Un­for­tu­nately, with torque wrench in hand, I dis­cov­ered a stripped front hub stud, and af­ter re­plac­ing one and re­assem­bling the wheel, an­other one went. Check­ing around for a hid­den cam­era and laugh­ter I con­tin­ued my ‘re­pairs’ only for one stud to strip the hub and ren­der the scooter use­less. And so it was that my poor Lam­bretta Li was once again pressed into ser­vice – once I’d fit­ted a new rear tyre and ad­justed the back brake.

All this meant it was de­cid­edly and most definitely dark when we ar­rived at the site around 6.30pm, and af­ter grab­bing a por­tion of very av­er­age fish and chips from the on site take­away we set off to find our chalet and hosts, Ness and Andy from Reser­voir Gods SC. The heat­ing was on, dodgy vodka stuff in the fridge and af­ter a couple of Pero­nis we were nicely warmed up for the evening ahead.

While the hol­i­day camp venue is so spread out it’s hard to gauge num­bers, the ever-fill­ing bar showed many had come out for a fi­nal week­end of scooter re­lated par­ty­ing. The SWSC Brass Mon­key Award (en­graved hip flask) was on the door for those who rid­den miles to sign-on for. At the time I’d writ­ten down my 180 miles it was be­ing headed by a scooter­ist from Felixs­towe if I re­call, who had trav­elled over 230 miles.

At the far end of the bar the soul room was packed all night and in­deed was again on Satur­day too, a sign of good mu­sic and be­ing far­ther away from the oc­ca­sional icy draught blow­ing through the doors and ar­cade into the main room! In the lat­ter on Fri­day night The Talks played live, their set of orig­i­nal ska and ska/punk flavoured tunes go­ing down well with those present, but un­der ap­pre­ci­ated I fear by oth­ers who ig­nore any band who don’t play cov­ers from start to fin­ish. A shame be­cause they are a great young band and well worth check­ing out if you’ve not yet seen them.

The party con­tin­ued un­til two in the morn­ing, at which time those re­main­ing braved the frost and wan­dered back to their lodg­ings.

Satur­day ar­rived with a rid­den scooter show assem­bling out­side the venue un­til around mid­day, with some very in­ter­est­ing scoot­ers to ad­mire. Rep­re­sent­ing the full-blown cus­tom scoot­ers was O’ For­tuna, while C and LD mod­els from the 50s flew the vin­tage flag, with a Cezeta and Tri­umph T10 show­ing that it wasn’t just Lam­bretta and Vespa back in the day.

It was the en­gi­neered scoot­ers that caught many eyes though I think (cer­tainly mine) with the Lam­bretta Chop­per Own­ers Club hav­ing a get to­gether out in the cold, while a couple of heav­ily mod­i­fied Ves­pas which looked more like cars had peo­ple crawl­ing all around them to see ex­actly what was what (don’t worry folks, they’re on our hit list for a fea­ture soon!). Add to this a Yamaha RD350 pow­ered Lam­bretta and a tidy Serveta and it kept me busy up un­til the time the ride­out left at mid­day, al­though it was more a hand­ful of scoot­ers on their way to Wey­mouth than an im­pres­sive dis­play of clas­sic ma­chines in con­voy.

Back in the warm and there were plenty of stalls to pe­ruse for those who hadn’t rid­den or taken a taxi into town, or in­deed oth­ers who ven­tured no fur­ther than their chalets. An­other neg­a­tive of such hol­i­day site based events is that some peo­ple don’t leave their ac­com­mo­da­tion all week­end which bemuses me but each to their own…

Satur­day night saw the Sex Pis­tols Ex­pe­ri­ence on stage, who I must say sounded good and their Mr Rot­ten looka­like also of­fered some qual­ity ban­ter, quite lit­er­ally giv­ing you a com­plete ex­pe­ri­ence and plenty ap­pre­ci­ated their set.

DJs took over af­ter the band, the soul room else­where still do­ing well (with flat caps ap­par­ently be­ing the ‘new’ pork pie hat!), and un­like pre­vi­ous years the bar coped far bet­ter with serv­ing us all, al­though their prices do seem to have taken a dra­matic hike of late.

The night was again cold, some of us with a long ride home not stay­ing out for the full ses­sion again, or in­deed hang­ing about for the Sun­day SWSC party which has also be­come an an­nual event.

A great week­end it was though – it’s al­ways good to catch up with friends from the south west – and with good kit to wear the ride home wasn’t too cold ei­ther, stop­ping only for fuel and the in­ser­tion of heat pack­ets in gloves and boots just north of Guild­ford. It took just three and half hours from door to door, and never has a hot bath been so ap­peal­ing! Con­grat­u­la­tions again to the SWSCs and thanks once more for your hos­pi­tal­ity. I know it’s a lot of hard work on your part and noth­ing is easy, but it was an­other great week­end!

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