Rally Re­port: An­i­mal An­tics

An ‘old skool’ al­ter­na­tive scooter rally with a mod­ern twist!

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Armthorpe An­i­mals SC’s Rally de­liv­ered an ‘old skool’ al­ter­na­tive scooter rally with a mod­ern twist!

The Armthorpe An­i­mals SC’s, ‘An­i­mal An­tics 8’ Scooter Rally rocked the quiet and tran­quil set­ting of the Hay­field Fish­ing and Shoot­ing Lodge, Don­caster. A sin­gle-track road leads to the venue and gives a sense of be­ing dis­con­nected from the out­side world, which adds to the en­joy­ment of the rally…

Early start

Early on Satur­day morn­ing the pre­vi­ous night’s ar­rivals who’d or­gan­ised camp­ing with the land­lord of the Hay­field were get­ting them­selves fresh­ened up and ready for the day ahead. Also, some of them took ad­van­tage of the full English break­fast buf­fet be­ing served in the pub. In the mean­time, club mem­bers Mick Shore, Alex Matthews, Jonny Adams and Marie Shore were mak­ing fi­nal prepa­ra­tions to get the venue ready for the ar­rival of rally-go­ers. By mid-morn­ing the buzz of scoot­ers rid­ing down the nar­row road and emerg­ing at the Hay­field was in full-flow. Some day-trip­pers chose to park their ma­chines in the car park, while oth­ers chose to take up their po­si­tions in the camp­site, which was con­ve­niently lo­cated im­me­di­ately next to the Hay­field, the main mar­quee and the hot food tent.

As more scoot­ers ar­rived in the camp­site I took the op­por­tu­nity to chat with some of the rally-go­ers who were set­ting them­selves up. Space was be­com­ing a pre­mium and I knew we were in for a great day. Hav­ing chat­ted in the camp­site, I walked over to the car park where ar­eas were now be­ing taken up by scoot­ers in lines two and three deep. The qual­ity of the scoot­ers both in the camp­site and in the car park was tremen­dous. In the mean­time, scooter tracks started play­ing from the PA sys­tem in the main mar­quee; the at­mos­phere was build­ing. By lunchtime a healthy line-up of scoot­ers en­tered into the cus­tom show had built up along the area near to the main mar­quee, which of­fered rally-go­ers an op­por­tu­nity have a look round the en­tries and check out the de­tail.

By now, the pic­nic benches and seat­ing ar­eas in front of the main mar­quee were fully oc­cu­pied with friends chat­ting, ex­chang­ing sto­ries and hav­ing a beer. In the back­ground, while this was go­ing on the cus­tom show judges be­gan to make their way round the en­tries, de­lib­er­at­ing be­tween them­selves.

Af­ter­noon An­tics

At 3pm Jonny Adams took to the PA sys­tem and per­formed the role of MC. Jonny’s style with the crowd and his en­gage­ment with them got ev­ery­one go­ing and added even more fun to the day. A short time later,

hav­ing cap­tured the crowd’s full at­ten­tion Jonny an­nounced the cus­tom show re­sults and gave out the awards to the proud own­ers. When the cus­tom show pre­sen­ta­tions had been com­pleted it was time for the tat­too com­pe­ti­tion. This was won by lo­cal lass Jess, who beat off the com­pe­ti­tion in­clud­ing my­self (elim­i­nated in the first round) with her stun­ning ‘creepy clown’ tat­too com­pleted by Art & Soul tat­too stu­dio, Don­caster.

Try­ing not to dwell too much on my poor per­for­mance in the tat­too com­pe­ti­tion, I moved back round the camp­site to share a beer or two with some of the rally-go­ers. In the mean­time, the hot food tent was do­ing a roar­ing trade and keen cus­tom show on­look­ers were en­gag­ing with the own­ers of the cus­tom show en­tries. Ev­ery­one was in good spir­its and we were all look­ing for­ward to the evening’s en­ter­tain­ment, which was now be­ing set up in the main mar­quee.

Live wire

At 6pm the first live band, The Gut­ter­sluts, took to the stage – rock­ing the main mar­quee with a set of punk and new wave clas­sics. The two front-men got the crowd go­ing and ex­changed healthy ban­ter with some of the in­di­vid­u­als in the au­di­ence.

At 7.30pm The Gut­ter­sluts closed and made way for the head­line band, Epilep­tic Hill­billys. The Epilep­tic Hill­billys played a fan­tas­tic set of psy­chobilly tracks and took the at­mos­phere to the next level. The au­di­ence were bounc­ing and the area close to the stage de­vel­oped into a ‘wreckin’ pit’.


Satur­day was burst­ing with fun and ‘an­tics’, and Sun­day morn­ing saw a set of well sat­is­fied rally-go­ers grab a bite to eat, get a cof­fee and set off back on their jour­neys home.

Through the course of the day there were around 250 peo­ple over the gate. The camp­site was packed full of ral­ly­go­ers, tents and scoot­ers, and if you couldn’t make it, the ‘An­i­mal An­tics 9’ Scooter Rally will def­i­nitely be one to con­sider for next year!

Words & Pho­to­graphs: Stu Smith

Cus­tom show line-up.

Jess, win­ner of the tat­too com­pe­ti­tion.

Ad­if­fer­ent feel. Papped! Macca and Stu­art.

The Gut­ter­sluts. Party at­mos­phere.

Nik and Gemma Hart from Har­ro­gate who’d rid­den in on Nik’s ‘Jam trib­ute’ LML, which was bought for Nik by Gemma for his 40th birth­day. The cou­ple had camped the night be­fore and were get­ting ready for the main day. They ex­plained that they’d been to the rally last year and they’d loved ev­ery minute of it!

Patched clubs make their pres­ence felt.

Epilep­tic Hill­billys.

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