Rally Re­ports: EuroLambretta & VWD

Once a year the big two sin­gle mar­que clubs hold their Eu­ro­pean ral­lies and for the sec­ond year run­ning… Stan man­aged the dou­ble.

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The big two sin­gle mar­que clubs’ an­nual Eu­ro­pean ral­lies; and for the sec­ond year run­ning Stan man­aged the dou­ble!

Eurolambretta, So­ria, Spain, June 7-10

First on the grid was Eurolambretta. Or­gan­ised by the Club Lam­bretta De Es­pana, this was based on a camp­site, which turned out to be a mixed bless­ing. With cab­ins snatched up by early birds months ago, most were left with the choice of lug­ging camp­ing gear across Europe, or find­ing a suit­able B&B. This meant that at­ten­dees, my­self in­cluded, found them­selves in ac­com­mo­da­tion miles from the event. For Brits used to spend­ing time in the Costas, So­ria was a rev­e­la­tion. Even first rate ac­com­mo­da­tion was in­ex­pen­sive and a meal that would empty a bank ac­count at home cost no more than a pizza.

We’d ap­proached from the in­dus­trial north, which wasn’t the pret­ti­est of routes, but So­ria had been well cho­sen as it of­fered some fan­tas­tic rid­ing. This was for­tu­nate, as other than the ride-outs and a su­perb cus­tom show on Satur­day, there was lit­tle to do on the camp­site be­yond hav­ing a beer or two. If that’s your thing, fine, but it felt more like a large UK club rally than an in­ter­na­tional event. One thing that was lack­ing was work­shop fa­cil­i­ties and credit’s due to the LCGB who worked tire­lessly, not just for their own mem­bers but also to help those in dis­tress from fur­ther afield.

This isn’t to say that the Span­ish clubs were dis­or­gan­ised, far from it.

Fri­day’s ride out passed through some beau­ti­ful scenery but, thanks to a po­lice out­rider who def­i­nitely hadn’t en­tered into the spirit of things, it was con­ducted at a very se­date pace. Satur­day’s ride was much bet­ter paced, tak­ing riders up a beau­ti­ful twist­ing moun­tain road. The day was summed up by Tino Sac­chi, who said: “It’s per­fect, apart from the weather.”

I wasn’t the only one to have been caught out by the lo­cal cli­mate. At 1100m, So­ria has more in com­mon with the Lake Dis­trict than Benidorm and my wa­ter­proofs saw more use than I’d ex­pected. There was also a roar­ing trade in jets for en­gines that needed lean­ing out due to the al­ti­tude!

I’ll ad­mit to be­ing one of those se­duced by the food and drink off site, but I’m as­sured that both Fri­day and Satur­day’s en­ter­tain­ment more than met ex­pec­ta­tions. Even the gala din­ner kept speeches to a min­i­mum and served food that, on the whole, was hot and hearty. Last year’s an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions were al­ways go­ing to be a hard act to fol­low and the lo­cals made great ef­forts to en­sure ev­ery­one felt wel­come. A nice touch was in Eibar, where vis­i­tors tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to visit the old Serveta fac­tory could pick up a free ‘goody bag’ from Avia fill­ing sta­tions.

In many ways Eurolambretta was the op­po­site of Vespa World Days, but iron­i­cally shared some of the same chal­lenges.

Get­ting ready for Fri­day’sride out. Paella any­one? Tino Sac­chi’s lat­est pas­sion – a re-bod­ied Lam­bro. Satur­day’sride out was well sup­ported. Stun­ning TV175 drew much at­ten­tion.

John and Mike had trav­elled from Nor­folk, Mike rid­ing his dad’sSeries 1that he learned to ride on over 50 years ago!

Well ex­e­cuted cafe racer uses aServeta moped tank.Ap­par­ently A Jimmy moved to Spain.

Aberdeen Lam­bretta Club cov­ered more than 3000 miles, en­coun­ter­ing some ex­treme weather on the way. Cus­tom show boasted a stun­ning back­drop.

Gala din­ner was afam­ily af­fair. Alan, A Bren­dan, Ernie and Paul made th he round trip from Gal­way, Eire.

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