Last weekend was the unofficial start of the 2016 scooter rally season, or at least a mini prequel. A few hundred lucky British scooterists jetted off abroad and partied with VFM in tropical Tenerife but the weekend also signalled the start of the custom show and parts fair calendar.
Wicksteed Park parts fair was on last Sunday. As the name suggests, it’s a huge scooter jumble and parts fair. The perfect place to go and see what new goodies have been developed since the last big event at Bridlington in October. It’s also a great place to buy a neglected project scooter. Or you can purchase those last few bits and pieces for your never-ending winter project, or just grab a few bargains from those garage clear outs – if you’re lucky.
Aside from Wicksteed the last weekend in February is also the traditional Burton Brewers custom show and parts fair. Saturday saw hundreds of scooter riders piling in to the National Brewery Centre to pore over the custom scooters on display. It may not be the largest custom show in the world but it is a worthwhile day out and gives you a chance to try and break your scooter before Easter. As it happens a few friends broke down either on the way there, or on the way back so it probably did them a favour in a dark sadistic way. At least they’ve got time to put things right before we head off to Whitby at the end of the month.
Easter is earlier than usual this year and the forecast isn’t too promising. We’re predicted to get sub-zero temperatures, arctic winds and snow. Not ideal but it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve ridden across the Yorkshire moors in a blizzard. The weather won’t put me off but it’ll probably have an affect on which scooter I ride there. If it’s freezing I’ll go for the comfort of the Vespa GTS, if the weather is kinder it’ll be the Lambretta. Either way I can’t wait to meet up with a group of mates on Good Friday to blast off to the seaside once again. We’re the luckiest people alive.