This weekend the South West Scooter Clubs host their first rally of the year at sunny Teignmouth in Devon.
Based at the Devon Valley Holiday Village weekend entry for the event will be £20 (pay on the door when getting your accommodation). Onsite accommodation was mostly booked in advance but recently one or two places became available if you still want to try your luck (call 01626 871400).
The Traders’ Market takes place on Saturday between 9am and 4pm so be sure to visit the SWSC stall where you will find rally pin badges, patches and T-shirts plus the latest edition of ScooterNova magazine too. There will also be some previous editions, a few stickers and of course you can renew your subscription there as well.
A Strictly Over 18s event with numbers limited to 750, bands booked for the weekend are The 5:15, Double Barrel Swindle and The Corsairs. If you just want to attend Saturday for the ridden custom show (11:30am) and rideout (1pm) then daytime tickets are available at £5 on the door from 10am to 6pm.
Have a safe ride and enjoy the weekend
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Good news folks, edition 9 of ScooterNova magazine is on the way!
Completed and printed in time for the Isle of Wight scooter rally next weekend, you can pre-order online and be one of the first to receive it.
So what’s to look forward to in edition 9?
Thanks to the scooter boom here in Great Britain during the late 1950s, a number of innovative people surfaced with products they thought us scooter riders would enjoy.
Some of the most creative were courtesy of the Rhiando family who were big fans of the then new ‘fibreglass’ style material. Dad Spike Rhiando created a roofs scooter in the 1950s (long before BMW, Benelli or Adiva who all produced such scooters in the late 1990s) and tried to ride it from England to South Africa, abandoning his trip somewhere in the Sahara desert.
His next venture was the Scootamobile for the Harper aircraft company of Exeter, the only known surviving example being displayed at the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset.
Meanwhile son Max (aka Buster) Rhiando was behind Rhiando Products Ltd of Guildford in Surrey who produced a range of accessories made of ‘Rhiteglass’, including this Scootacaddy from 1960, which was apparently tailor-made to fit to the front end of either a Vespa or Lambretta, pictured here attached to a Lambretta Series 1. The Scootacaddy could accommodate “helmet, gloves, coat or parcels”, was lockable and retailed at £13.17s.6d.
Today such an accessory is as rare hen’s teeth, and for good reason we reckon!
Today Japanese manufacturing giant Honda are known for cars, twist & go plastic scooters, and motorcycles – one of which has just powered MotoGP ride Marc Marquez to another championship winning season.
But back in 1954 the fledgling company produced its first scooter, Juno K-Type.