Mersea Is­land 2016

Mersea Is­land has al­ways been a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for Euro­pean scooter clubs and solo rid­ers. I spot­ted plates and ‘cut-offs’ from Hol­land, France, Ger­many, Aus­tria, etc. These vis­i­tors al­ways seem up for the games, the dyno and par­ty­ing through­out the

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Per­son­ally, I’ve been at­tend­ing this rally every year since 1993, and be­ing as it’s only just about a 60 mile round trip you would have thought my Fri­day morn­ing jaunt would have been a pretty sim­ple ex­cur­sion! Wrong. Ev­ery­thing was go­ing fine un­til, just af­ter pass­ing through Colch­ester, my Auto-bretta started cough­ing and splut­ter­ing and fi­nally ground to a halt. It felt very much like ei­ther fuel or carb rub­ber split­ting – both easy fixes so I was not too dis­tressed, and even waved a few help­ful scooter­ists on as they gave me the thumbs up. How­ever, af­ter re­mov­ing the panel I found I had com­pletely cracked the in­let man­i­fold. Ter­mi­nal! It is here I should thank Goldie and Tony C for com­ing to my aid and even­tu­ally get­ting me to the site.

Any­how af­ter a cheery greet from the gate staff (and a bit of a p*** take on my sit­u­a­tion) we ex­changed a ‘Bobby Moore’ for a wrist­band, events pro­gramme and patch; and then were di­rected to the camp­ing ar­eas. With nu­mer­ous pre­vi­ous events CDVLC have per­fected this set-up with sep­a­rate ar­eas and ap­proaches for both scoot­ers and cars. Even though it was still pretty early (3pm) the camp­site was al­ready a hive of ac­tiv­ity and through­out the af­ter­noon scoot­ers poured on from all over the UK and the Con­ti­nent. Be­ing a pur­pose-built camp­site the fa­cil­i­ties are ex­cel­lent with sev­eral shower blocks, static and Por­taloo toi­lets and even a school can­teen style mess block. This week­end also sees sev­eral mo­bile food sources move in with ev­ery­thing from the usual burger van to fish and chips and even a curry/chilli kitchen! MI has al­ways had a great rep­u­ta­tion when it comes to en­ter­tain­ment, whether you like live acts, CD or vinyl DJs or even a ‘silent’ disco – all are avail­able. With two fes­ti­val sized mar­quees erected next to the bar and an al­fresco barn this is a per­fect set­ting for some live ac­tion. Over the week­end there were no fewer than eight live bands/acts play­ing a real mix­ture of tunes. Fri­day saw The Grain, The Kool Katz and The Talks, while Satur­day fea­tured Mod­ern Apes, The Gallerys, The Rhythm Rock­ets, Small Talk and fi­nally Johnny Boy.

On Satur­day there was also a cus­tom show, dyno and of course the leg­endary ‘games’ a real test of man/woman and ma­chine. Weather-wise it kept re­ally nice for all of Fri­day and right up un­til 5.30pm on the Satur­day but by then peo­ple were in the do’s and bars so it didn’t re­ally mat­ter! Next year is the sil­ver ju­bilee of this rally; where has that quar­ter of a cen­tury gone? Thanks again for all the hard work put in by the CDVLC, se­cu­rity staff and youth camp em­ploy­ees for a great week­end. Dave O.

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