Mablethorpe Rally

A lo­ca­tion just get­ting ready to close for the win­ter at an out of sea­son Lin­colnshire sea­side re­sort in mid-Novem­ber doesn’t sound too ap­peal­ing does it? But for those that have at­tended VFM’s pre­vi­ous End of Sea­son ral­lies to Mablethorpe there was an ai

Scootering - - Contents - Happy Xmas, Dave O.

VFM’s end of sea­son run in Lin­colnshire.

Al­though the weather was un­pre­dictable to say the least, the Haven Golden Sands Re­sort was soon wel­com­ing a steady trickle of scooter­ists ready for ac­tion. By 3pm the front of­fice was busily hand­ing out cabin keys and the venue was al­ready blast­ing out hot scooter­ing tunes. This con­tin­ued through­out the af­ter­noon and by early evening ev­ery­thing was set-up for a top night. Boast­ing no fewer than three in­ter­nal do’s, the venue was a hive of ac­tiv­ity. A ‘fully vinyl’ Soul Ball­room, Phil Bush’s an­tiques Pres­sure road-show and a large ‘Mix­ture’ main room with the reg­u­lar DJ team meant you were spoilt for choice. Add to that two live bands; a mod/in­die out­fit called The Scan­dals from the North East and a very soul­ful Dexys Boot­leg Run­ners – There, There My Dear! – and you had an in­fec­tious cock­tail many were more than happy to over­dose on.

The next morn­ing, al­though very chilly, saw the main room trans­formed into a large parts and trade fair. Out­side a small but in­ter­est­ing rid­den cus­tom show set up but af­ter a brief look around most peo­ple re­mained in­side, happy to keep warm at the am­ple bar/cafe. Like pre­vi­ous years, VFM thought out­side the box with re­gards to the Satur­day af­ter­noon en­ter­tain­ment. Af­ter a rock­a­billy out­fit and Elvis trib­ute had gone down so well in the past, they de­cided to stick with the R‘n’ R for­mula and put on a Johnny Cash duo. Once again this worked per­fectly, and al­though quite a few pun­ters had made their way down to the nearby town cen­tre, many were kept on site with the dul­cet tones of the Men in Black.

That night it was back to the same mu­sic triathlon, live acts came in the form of The Beau­ti­ful Sound and Ex­tra Spe­cials, both of whom did ex­actly what their names sug­gest. As usual quite a few peo­ple de­cided to fin­ish the year off in fancy dress, and this just added to the party spirit. Some how­ever did take it a bit far and I would like to add that this was noth­ing to do with VFM! So for me, an­other great fin­ish to a fan­tas­tic year which for some, my­self in­cluded, has been a bit dif­fer­ent be­cause of cir­cum­stances. I’m pretty sure al­most all of the avail­able car­a­vans here were filled, so if you are in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing 2016’s event I would book early. With global warm­ing it should be 24-25 de­grees next year, so hope­fully a few more scoot­ers may be there!

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