Mersea Island hosts scooter rally

Essex County Standard: Mersea Island hosts scooter rally Mersea Island hosts scooter rally

Lambrettas and Vespas took over Mersea this weekend for the island’s annual scooter rally.

The Colchester District Vespa and Lambretta Scooter Club’s event was held in the East Mersea Youth Camp in Rewsalls Lane on Saturday and Sunday.

Tug of war contests, races and other competition entertained crowds during the days and live bands took to the stage in the evenings.

Visitors also had the chance to enter their scooters into competitions, with judges giving out a number of prizes including best custom paintwork, best vintage bike and best street racer.

 

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10:29pm Mon 2 Sep 13

Boris says...

Was our friend from Jaywick there? He is not usually slow to comment when the story is about boring Vespas or beautiful Lambrettas.
Was our friend from Jaywick there? He is not usually slow to comment when the story is about boring Vespas or beautiful Lambrettas. Boris
  • Score: 1

12:03am Tue 3 Sep 13

tomtheDJ says...

Boris wrote:
Was our friend from Jaywick there? He is not usually slow to comment when the story is about boring Vespas or beautiful Lambrettas.
Boring Boris comments on a subject he knows very little of (at times) :)
Boris, me old lambretta rider now retired, vespas are lovely, but so are lambrettas too, but each is so different to each other.
My latest vespa PX was after careful rebuilding found to be unsuitable for this old boy, sadly.. I loved it to bits but, found I could not reach or feel the footbrake succesfully !!
(diebetis is slowly doing its job)
thank the lord for the superior retrofitted front disc brake eh.
So, I sold it to me "best mate"
the one who rebuilt it for me - my son.
So, I never went to ( in my sons words) ,
"the best mersea weekender ever put on"
this of course will be put on youtube by many over the coming weeks, but the gazette for once looks like it carries a contestant or two from one of the funny ist games that happen each year - the beer and bannana race
(look it up on youtube)
notwithstanding, to [ut on an event of this size each year take monumental effort and planning by Colchesters very own DVLC scooter club, with the setting up team arriving thursday - working all day in preporation for fridays miday onwards invasion of over 3000 party souls some coming from deep europe just to get to mersea, and it must have been noticed the shear quantity of scooters passing through Colchester all weekend.
Its just a fabulous "weekend" Boris, one that caters for all ages.
my son?
left early thursday morn, arrived home late sunday complete with full camping gear attached to scoot..
I just miss going, but, ill health puts paid to camping, and a £20 entry fee for the 3 days seems a lot when I have to walk round with a walking stick,
then drive home, then drive back and forewards,
but oh how did I miss it Boris.
Only wished that local TV crews could have seen how much fun you can have in an outdoor prsuits centre right next to the sea - 24 hours a day - all weekend...... youtube is your friend !!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Was our friend from Jaywick there? He is not usually slow to comment when the story is about boring Vespas or beautiful Lambrettas.[/p][/quote]Boring Boris comments on a subject he knows very little of (at times) :) Boris, me old lambretta rider now retired, vespas are lovely, but so are lambrettas too, but each is so different to each other. My latest vespa PX was after careful rebuilding found to be unsuitable for this old boy, sadly.. I loved it to bits but, found I could not reach or feel the footbrake succesfully !! (diebetis is slowly doing its job) thank the lord for the superior retrofitted front disc brake eh. So, I sold it to me "best mate" the one who rebuilt it for me - my son. So, I never went to ( in my sons words) , "the best mersea weekender ever put on" this of course will be put on youtube by many over the coming weeks, but the gazette for once looks like it carries a contestant or two from one of the funny ist games that happen each year - the beer and bannana race (look it up on youtube) notwithstanding, to [ut on an event of this size each year take monumental effort and planning by Colchesters very own DVLC scooter club, with the setting up team arriving thursday - working all day in preporation for fridays miday onwards invasion of over 3000 party souls some coming from deep europe just to get to mersea, and it must have been noticed the shear quantity of scooters passing through Colchester all weekend. Its just a fabulous "weekend" Boris, one that caters for all ages. my son? left early thursday morn, arrived home late sunday complete with full camping gear attached to scoot.. I just miss going, but, ill health puts paid to camping, and a £20 entry fee for the 3 days seems a lot when I have to walk round with a walking stick, then drive home, then drive back and forewards, but oh how did I miss it Boris. Only wished that local TV crews could have seen how much fun you can have in an outdoor prsuits centre right next to the sea - 24 hours a day - all weekend...... youtube is your friend !! tomtheDJ
  • Score: 4

12:08am Tue 3 Sep 13

tomtheDJ says...

addendum.. fear not Boris, I have bought back an ex owned
"modern 4 stroke auto scooter"
= NO footbrake to worry about :)
will remodel the plastic bodywork (throw it all away) into a cult like cut down scooter resembling a "motor cycle"... sort off ?.. lol
maybe styled as a two wheeled landrover perhaps.....ha..ha..
ha..

anyway Boris, nice of you to think of me and fellow scooterist chaps and chapesses :)
addendum.. fear not Boris, I have bought back an ex owned "modern 4 stroke auto scooter" = NO footbrake to worry about :) will remodel the plastic bodywork (throw it all away) into a cult like cut down scooter resembling a "motor cycle"... sort off ?.. lol maybe styled as a two wheeled landrover perhaps.....ha..ha.. ha.. anyway Boris, nice of you to think of me and fellow scooterist chaps and chapesses :) tomtheDJ
  • Score: 3

3:47pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Mind your own business says...

Forget Vespas and Lambrettas and join the Darkside.
Forget Vespas and Lambrettas and join the Darkside. Mind your own business
  • Score: 1

8:44pm Tue 3 Sep 13

tomtheDJ says...

Mind your own business wrote:
Forget Vespas and Lambrettas and join the Darkside.
LOL... we have been members of the darkside,
with really rapid with italjet dragsters..
but found one or two of the members who thought they were god,
not even on a sunday too!!

no, the way to go is aprilla water cooled, maxed out but retro fitted to later 200 lammie casings (with much welding and one of crankshafts)
style & power, all under one Italian package.... :)
oh, and a sweet little rad out front !!

toot toot..
[quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: Forget Vespas and Lambrettas and join the Darkside.[/p][/quote]LOL... we have been members of the darkside, with really rapid with italjet dragsters.. but found one or two of the members who thought they were god, not even on a sunday too!! no, the way to go is aprilla water cooled, maxed out but retro fitted to later 200 lammie casings (with much welding and one of crankshafts) style & power, all under one Italian package.... :) oh, and a sweet little rad out front !! toot toot.. tomtheDJ
  • Score: 0

1:45am Wed 4 Sep 13

linton68 says...

In my day blokes rode: BSA Goldstars, Norton Dominators, Triumph Bonnevilles, REAL BIKES...only girls and nuftah's rode: Put Put Scooters.
In my day blokes rode: BSA Goldstars, Norton Dominators, Triumph Bonnevilles, REAL BIKES...only girls and nuftah's rode: Put Put Scooters. linton68
  • Score: 0

11:18am Wed 4 Sep 13

tomtheDJ says...

linton68 wrote:
In my day blokes rode: BSA Goldstars, Norton Dominators, Triumph Bonnevilles, REAL BIKES...only girls and nuftah's rode: Put Put Scooters.
IN YOUR DAY --- exactly old timer, in your day...lol...lol
do you think those 2 blokes in the picture on a much modified vespa look like poofs...ha..ha..ha..


well just shows how old and out of date you and you & your oil leaking bikes are bloke..
bet you still think blokes only drink light & bitter or red barrel...LOL....
you must have been like the regimented followers of the royal enfield make,
sold to India as the UK did not want them any more, old-out of date - tired looking and made--
but sold by there million as a Indian made motor cycle, bought by tired grey old blokes again here in the UK trying to relive there youth.
ALL of the UK motorcycle industry was doomed by modern imported efficient machines in the 1960`s that looked good and went very well,
never broke down, or leeked oil all over you,
but - scooters were sold and purchased by eager riders of all ages and they still are, and sold by there millions worldwide, with both piaggio (vespa) and there Indian made partner LML, they now offer choices of traditional very efficient 2 stroke with catalitic converter exhausts, or modern 4 strokes - 4 speed machines fully compliant with all countries very tight exhaust emission regulations - rust 1950`s bikes are NOT!!
Vespa (that LML sell as a STELLA brand in all 50 states of the USA) that out perform those sad old oil leeking hard to kick start, big old chrome wheeled & exhaust "mans* lol.. motorcycles.....lol
grey old men now by back 1960`s UK motorcycles from the USA as they cant wait to get rid of them again...
I suppose your next reply will be a standard exchange of " my dads bigger than your dad" Idiocy type of exchange, or your fellows dressed as power rangers are more manly...lol
just check on how many non motorcycle - scooter type vehicles are registered each year, then read on how big an engine you can buy in a "scooter"
piaggio do models up to 800 cc now I believe, automatic, heated seat & grips, sterio & cruise control, far far bigger than your old fashioned Ideas of bygone days motorcycling with 500cc goldies, , rockets, 650 bonnies & T birds, and 750-800 cc dommies, BUT, comparable to some luxury Harley Davidson models Interestingly !!! yet you only compare bygone cranky bikes...lol
Even HD had to have engineering Imput by porshe I believe to get there old tired panhead Irons brought into modern day engineering...and effiecient running ....lol
I`ve ridden most of them old bikes at one time or another in my 65 years of age,
with most of them rides when I was a teenager who knew no different at the time, but you and oldtimers fail with there owners being too much back in the days way of thinking and living - chap!!

Did you know that motorcyclists and scooterist in modern times meet together at club do`s and have a great time _ err no, I dont expect you did!!
nor do you know of "revved up" in Walton on the Naze,
Nor do you know of the Clacton sectors organisor of MAG is my neighbour,
no, I dont expect you do either....lol

sad to read of your dissalusioned look at life in modern times.
the real world awaits..............
....................
..............sad old man..... :)
[quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: In my day blokes rode: BSA Goldstars, Norton Dominators, Triumph Bonnevilles, REAL BIKES...only girls and nuftah's rode: Put Put Scooters.[/p][/quote]IN YOUR DAY --- exactly old timer, in your day...lol...lol do you think those 2 blokes in the picture on a much modified vespa look like poofs...ha..ha..ha.. well just shows how old and out of date you and you & your oil leaking bikes are bloke.. bet you still think blokes only drink light & bitter or red barrel...LOL.... you must have been like the regimented followers of the royal enfield make, sold to India as the UK did not want them any more, old-out of date - tired looking and made-- but sold by there million as a Indian made motor cycle, bought by tired grey old blokes again here in the UK trying to relive there youth. ALL of the UK motorcycle industry was doomed by modern imported efficient machines in the 1960`s that looked good and went very well, never broke down, or leeked oil all over you, but - scooters were sold and purchased by eager riders of all ages and they still are, and sold by there millions worldwide, with both piaggio (vespa) and there Indian made partner LML, they now offer choices of traditional very efficient 2 stroke with catalitic converter exhausts, or modern 4 strokes - 4 speed machines fully compliant with all countries very tight exhaust emission regulations - rust 1950`s bikes are NOT!! Vespa (that LML sell as a STELLA brand in all 50 states of the USA) that out perform those sad old oil leeking hard to kick start, big old chrome wheeled & exhaust "mans* lol.. motorcycles.....lol grey old men now by back 1960`s UK motorcycles from the USA as they cant wait to get rid of them again... I suppose your next reply will be a standard exchange of " my dads bigger than your dad" Idiocy type of exchange, or your fellows dressed as power rangers are more manly...lol just check on how many non motorcycle - scooter type vehicles are registered each year, then read on how big an engine you can buy in a "scooter" piaggio do models up to 800 cc now I believe, automatic, heated seat & grips, sterio & cruise control, far far bigger than your old fashioned Ideas of bygone days motorcycling with 500cc goldies, , rockets, 650 bonnies & T birds, and 750-800 cc dommies, BUT, comparable to some luxury Harley Davidson models Interestingly !!! yet you only compare bygone cranky bikes...lol Even HD had to have engineering Imput by porshe I believe to get there old tired panhead Irons brought into modern day engineering...and effiecient running ....lol I`ve ridden most of them old bikes at one time or another in my 65 years of age, with most of them rides when I was a teenager who knew no different at the time, but you and oldtimers fail with there owners being too much back in the days way of thinking and living - chap!! Did you know that motorcyclists and scooterist in modern times meet together at club do`s and have a great time _ err no, I dont expect you did!! nor do you know of "revved up" in Walton on the Naze, Nor do you know of the Clacton sectors organisor of MAG is my neighbour, no, I dont expect you do either....lol sad to read of your dissalusioned look at life in modern times. the real world awaits.............. .................... ..............sad old man..... :) tomtheDJ
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4:13pm Wed 4 Sep 13

Boris says...

tom, or Ian, I'm so pleased to see you sailing into your most eloquent prose on this subject which is so dear to your heart.
This is a much better subject for you than some of the things you drone on about. Anyway, well done your son for carrying on the family tradition.
It is a pity they set the entrance fee so high. Why can't they give you free entry after you have been to those ralies for so many years?
.
As for me, I used to love my LD150, it took me all the way to Sicily and back, then all the way to Spain and back, not to mention sundry other journeys, 28000 miles in 3 years. I liked proper bikes as well, I used to ride my friend's Bultaco 350, but I could never afford to buy one. Bikes are a closed chapter for me now, but it was good while it lasted.
tom, or Ian, I'm so pleased to see you sailing into your most eloquent prose on this subject which is so dear to your heart. This is a much better subject for you than some of the things you drone on about. Anyway, well done your son for carrying on the family tradition. It is a pity they set the entrance fee so high. Why can't they give you free entry after you have been to those ralies for so many years? . As for me, I used to love my LD150, it took me all the way to Sicily and back, then all the way to Spain and back, not to mention sundry other journeys, 28000 miles in 3 years. I liked proper bikes as well, I used to ride my friend's Bultaco 350, but I could never afford to buy one. Bikes are a closed chapter for me now, but it was good while it lasted. Boris
  • Score: 2

6:42pm Wed 4 Sep 13

linton68 says...

Oh deary me: Tom titty calm down young feller, or you'll blow a
Head gasket, no need to kick off, keep your green anorak on. It's only friendly BSA Bantam (Banter)..I did start to read your epic monologue, but fell asleep after the first ten paragraphs.
Oh deary me: Tom titty calm down young feller, or you'll blow a Head gasket, no need to kick off, keep your green anorak on. It's only friendly BSA Bantam (Banter)..I did start to read your epic monologue, but fell asleep after the first ten paragraphs. linton68
  • Score: -1

7:15pm Wed 4 Sep 13

Checkout says...

linton68 wrote:
Oh deary me: Tom titty calm down young feller, or you'll blow a
Head gasket, no need to kick off, keep your green anorak on. It's only friendly BSA Bantam (Banter)..I did start to read your epic monologue, but fell asleep after the first ten paragraphs.
The Jolly Fish Frier blew his brain cell out years ago!
[quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: Oh deary me: Tom titty calm down young feller, or you'll blow a Head gasket, no need to kick off, keep your green anorak on. It's only friendly BSA Bantam (Banter)..I did start to read your epic monologue, but fell asleep after the first ten paragraphs.[/p][/quote]The Jolly Fish Frier blew his brain cell out years ago! Checkout
  • Score: -1

9:30pm Thu 5 Sep 13

tomtheDJ says...

Checkout wrote:
linton68 wrote: Oh deary me: Tom titty calm down young feller, or you'll blow a Head gasket, no need to kick off, keep your green anorak on. It's only friendly BSA Bantam (Banter)..I did start to read your epic monologue, but fell asleep after the first ten paragraphs.
The Jolly Fish Frier blew his brain cell out years ago!
and such a jolly chap I am too you poor deluded checkout...OK,
BSA bantams, errr, ok..
when I was just 10 years old, I used to cobble together "motor bikes" from things people at the time, threw away. my dear old long gone dad used to say
"you`ll never get that to work"" !!
of course, I used to prove him wrong :)
by 12 years of age I used to ride my uncles bantam rigid frame over the fields.
it was then my dad bought a home made trials bantam from a workmate, but the frame was twisted.
so I found a burnt out bantam major 175 (wahoo)
swopped averything over from the trials bike to make my first "real" motorbike,
this was so quick it beat my mates on there anchient bsa singles and matchles twins as they were just too heavy on grass.
Oh, my engine? why it was a george todd racing bantum 125 a real flying machine for most men, oh, and me, a young but wise 12 year old.
motorcycling has never really gone away in the following 53 years,
but have had very enjoyable interludes of stock car and banger racing up to world championships for 14 years...
a few years racing minis saw me blow up an engine with ease in the pursuit for max power--- engines and mechanics come easy to me still, as I still maintain my landrover and now my dear wifes Lexus is200 (lovely car)
so, those that bleat, really no nothing about me, a "poor old pensioner"
LOL....
Oh Boris me old mate -- I`m proud of you son....

even though your wrong about tory boys - as this tory boy HAS worked harder than most retired "old men"......and bl00dy proud of it too..
now, who`s for some nice fish & chips ? anyone :)
[quote][p][bold]Checkout[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: Oh deary me: Tom titty calm down young feller, or you'll blow a Head gasket, no need to kick off, keep your green anorak on. It's only friendly BSA Bantam (Banter)..I did start to read your epic monologue, but fell asleep after the first ten paragraphs.[/p][/quote]The Jolly Fish Frier blew his brain cell out years ago![/p][/quote]and such a jolly chap I am too you poor deluded checkout...OK, BSA bantams, errr, ok.. when I was just 10 years old, I used to cobble together "motor bikes" from things people at the time, threw away. my dear old long gone dad used to say "you`ll never get that to work"" !! of course, I used to prove him wrong :) by 12 years of age I used to ride my uncles bantam rigid frame over the fields. it was then my dad bought a home made trials bantam from a workmate, but the frame was twisted. so I found a burnt out bantam major 175 (wahoo) swopped averything over from the trials bike to make my first "real" motorbike, this was so quick it beat my mates on there anchient bsa singles and matchles twins as they were just too heavy on grass. Oh, my engine? why it was a george todd racing bantum 125 a real flying machine for most men, oh, and me, a young but wise 12 year old. motorcycling has never really gone away in the following 53 years, but have had very enjoyable interludes of stock car and banger racing up to world championships for 14 years... a few years racing minis saw me blow up an engine with ease in the pursuit for max power--- engines and mechanics come easy to me still, as I still maintain my landrover and now my dear wifes Lexus is200 (lovely car) so, those that bleat, really no nothing about me, a "poor old pensioner" LOL.... Oh Boris me old mate -- I`m proud of you son.... even though your wrong about tory boys - as this tory boy HAS worked harder than most retired "old men"......and bl00dy proud of it too.. now, who`s for some nice fish & chips ? anyone :) tomtheDJ
  • Score: 0

9:39pm Thu 5 Sep 13

tomtheDJ says...

linton68 wrote:
Oh deary me: Tom titty calm down young feller, or you'll blow a Head gasket, no need to kick off, keep your green anorak on. It's only friendly BSA Bantam (Banter)..I did start to read your epic monologue, but fell asleep after the first ten paragraphs.
oi oi, its not an anorac, there for lefties and train spotters, mods wear parkers - but I dont, as I`m not a mod !!
I`ve got 4 or 5 motorcycle coats,
2 USA styled flight jackets, and a couple of waterproof types.
I`ve got 3 pairs of waterproof trousers, a choice for any trip :)
boots? dont like boots as It makes me look like a trouble maker..





LOL........ :)
yeh, I got BIG f off boots too !!
[quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: Oh deary me: Tom titty calm down young feller, or you'll blow a Head gasket, no need to kick off, keep your green anorak on. It's only friendly BSA Bantam (Banter)..I did start to read your epic monologue, but fell asleep after the first ten paragraphs.[/p][/quote]oi oi, its not an anorac, there for lefties and train spotters, mods wear parkers - but I dont, as I`m not a mod !! I`ve got 4 or 5 motorcycle coats, 2 USA styled flight jackets, and a couple of waterproof types. I`ve got 3 pairs of waterproof trousers, a choice for any trip :) boots? dont like boots as It makes me look like a trouble maker.. LOL........ :) yeh, I got BIG f off boots too !! tomtheDJ
  • Score: 2

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