Shake­down win­ter rally

Scootering - - Shakedown Winter Rally - Lee, Mark, & Team (Martello Scooter­ists)

Some years ago a bunch of Kent and Sus­sex scooter­ists gath­ered again at an early sea­son rally in Dorset and be­gan talk­ing. They all loved sum­mer camp­ing ral­lies but out of sea­son pre­ferred a roof over their heads. The Cam­ber Sands Win­ter Warmer had ended and op­tions had dwin­dled to events which they con­sid­ered a long way for lo­cal scooter­ists to get to­gether. So the germ of an idea was born; a group was formed from scooter clubs across the South Coast, a car­a­van park near Hast­ings was found, and 2014 saw their first Win­ter event there.

This year’s Shake­down opened on the morn­ing of Fri­day, Novem­ber 6, with folks check­ing-in at the re­cep­tion van equipped with a shot bar for ev­ery­one to have a ‘land­ing-shot’ to warm their cock­les on a dreary, wet Novem­ber day. Num­bered plas­tic ducks handed to ar­rivals as a bit of fun. Who saw the irony of ‘good weather for ducks’? Where would they end-up?

On-hand was the fan­tas­tic A&A Mo­bile Pie & Mash run by Andi and Andy from ‘that Lon­don’, sell­ing the ‘naughty but nice’ fast-food.

Fri­day evening in the venue got off to a crack­ing start with MC Neil Carter ‘USM’ at the tiller and in­tro­duc­ing the first act of the week­end. Lor­raine Bowen, fi­nal­ist of Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent is not your nor­mal rally fare but clearly in­tended as a fun ice-breaker. She did not dis­ap­point. The cookie lady had hard­ened scooter­ists pranc­ing around the hall do­ing the hokey-cokey. She played her sig­na­ture tune I Love Cook­ing Crum­ble on a toy Ca­sio or­gan with iron­ing board stand. Our eyes are still bleed­ing!

The Win­ter Rally vibe con­tin­ued with mem­bers of A259 South Coast­ers and other scooter clubs sport­ing kilts; Mr Peter Floyd in full third foot and mouth “devils in skirts” re­galia re­splen­dent with pith hel­met, and the Pissed & Broke SC in Mex­i­can pon­chos and hats.

This year saw the mag­nif­i­cent Bad­ness from Hull live on stage. Stand­ing room only, the floor packed and th­ese guys rais­ing the tem­per­a­ture. The place was bounc­ing!

Mean­while in the mar­quee, the Silent Disco got un­der way, with Karl Beeston of the South Kent Saints SC, and Paul Wils / Cal­lum Os­mond of Sid James SC at the con­trols with a lit­tle help from Ri­ley and Katie Col­lard of Whit­field Wan­der­ers SC. Head-phoned ravers rev­elled in the lazer lights, smoke and bub­ble ma­chines.

With ev­ery­one safely set­tled into their car­a­vans, the Satur­day opened with traders in the Mar­quee, food stalls, and by mid­day a Buck­ing Bronco for peo­ple to have a gig­gle on.

The Satur­day lunchtime ses­sion pro­ceeded, show­cas­ing sets from Mod­way do­ing solo elec­tric num­bers, and the fan­tas­tic Herbal Love of East­bourne with all our reg­gae favourites. Ably MC’d in elo­quent work­ing man’s club style by Neil Carter ‘USM’. We hear he is now called ‘Sweary Neil’ but ev­ery­one still loves him.

Satur­day af­ter­noon played host to some char­ity events. Sue Ka­vanagh sold cus­tom-made pop­pies for the Poppy Ap­peal and the kids of Shake­down sold cakes to raise money for Tay­lor Made Dreams, a chil­dren’s char­ity close to our hearts.

Satur­day evening con­tin­ued with the most amaz­ing The Riff all the way from Swansea. Ben, Tommy, Sam and Chris are still teenagers and only re­cently able to get into li­censed venues! MC Carter tripped over the drum­mer with a quip ‘Who dya think you are? Keith Moon?’ They blew the room away with a mix of Six­ties, Eight­ies and in­die. The high­light was Wipeout with the young drum­mer Tommy in the spot­light. Keith Moon? ‘Well yea!’ Amaz­ing!

A pho­to­booth ap­peared in the venue for clubs to ‘pile-in’ for a free group photo. That went down well.

Next up was Mad for Brit, a Kent group per­form­ing trib­ute to great Bri­tish rock’n’roll bands, from The Who right through to Oa­sis. They really belted out those num­bers with class.

Sun­day was a far more re­lax­ing day, with the Park offering a free ex­tra night for those want­ing to lie-in and chill out, visit the Ceno­taph for Re­mem­brance Day, or take in a bit of Hast­ings.

Over­all a su­perbly friendly and in­ti­mate rally and the win­ter-blues have al­ready started to set in. Spe­cial thanks go to all the scooter clubs and in­di­vid­u­als who have sup­ported Shake­down, with large at­ten­dances from Gravesend Sen­tinels, Big7, Sid James, Med­way, Med­way Aces, South Coast Pi­rates, A259 South Coast­ers, Thanet SC, South Kent Saints, Dover Sharks, Whit­field Wan­der­ers, and many oth­ers. Thanks also to Park Hol­i­days’ James, Josie, Helda and the team on the bars. All our sup­pli­ers, spon­sors, and ad­ver­tis­ers. The Dan­nys of the Sound team. The DJ team: Danny Peach, Marc Leigh, Peter Floyd, Roy Wil­liamson & Ady Ma­son. The Silent Disco Team: Karl Beeston, Paul Wils, Cal­lum Os­mond, Ri­ley & Katie Col­lard, Stall hold­ers in­clud­ing A&A Lon­don Pie and Mash, and Etty all the way from IOW.

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