BWM Rally

BWM Scooter & Ska Rally 2014

2014 Report
By ‘Street Sounds’ contributor Tracie Evans

A big thank you to those who attended BWM Rally, 13-15 June Santa Pod, Northamptonshire.

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Arriving on a sunny Friday afternoon to be greeted by the sound and smell of hundreds of scooters was to be the start of a fantastic weekender.

After setting up the tent I was off for a nose around, as people were pitching up for the weekend to the sounds of Ska, Reggae, Northern Soul and scooters being piped out across the vast venue, which set the atmosphere for a cracking weekend of fun laughter music and events.

Trade stands were set up from clothing to scooter parts along with The Next Generation SC Raffle for Macmillian Cancer Support. I walked through the fun fair towards the main stage where DJ's started too play from 5pm. There was also a choice of the Ham Yard tent for Northern Soul and scooterist sounds and the Reggae tent which both played from 8pm until 2am, I note both venues were packed all weekend with some great sounds blasting out.

All the bands on the main stage were crowd pleasers from The Broxton Hundred to Mainly Madness as well as Stone Foundation they easily got the very large crowd up and dancing. Of course The Beat topped off the nights main stage action by smashing it with their amazing set. There was an amazing buzz over the whole of Santa Pod until the early hours. A Fantastic night was had by all.

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After waking to the sounds of scooters, laughter and ska music, with a slightly sore head I was in search of breakfast. I soon found this at the reasonable priced Santa Pod Cafe and I may add, it sorted the head out a treat. Ready for round 2!

In the Ham Yard tent I viewed all of the top scooters lined up for the custom show which must have given the judges a difficult choice as there were so many fantastic bikes.
At 1pm the mass ride out took place in honour of Help for Heroes and again hundreds of scooters lined up to be part of it and all for a very good cause.

The fun fair with rides and stalls gave the younger folk lots to do along with the kids’ activities from arts and crafts to dance lessons, skanking and plenty more. This kept them happy and busy all day long.

It was then off to the drag strip to view some funny and wild scooters taking on the famous 1/4 long strip, some I may add could move and of course some weren't so lucky! A fun afternoon was had by the packed out spectators stands and banking topped off by seeing the Fireforce Jet Funny Car. If you blinked you were too miss it, the sound and speed from this machine was amazing!

One the main stage on Saturday evening were more fantastic DJ's playing great sets making way for the bands, The Harrington blues, The King Zoots and Violet Class who were all crowd pleasers and had everyone on their feet.

Moving onto the Fuelers Bar to watch the England football game on the big screen along with a very large crowd, the atmosphere again amazing. Not sure the game was all that but a great night was had by all none the less.

Moving on into the Ham Yard Tent to shuffle some moves to the sounds of great northern soul tracks and scooterist tunes ended yet another fun filled day and night at this fantastic weekender.

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Sunday morning and nursing yet another sore head, it was time to catch the last of the scooter shoot outs on the drag strip bringing the weekend competition to a close. As many were packing away and heading home, their faces all expressed what a brilliant weekend was had by all.

Can't wait for next year’s BWM Scooter & Ska Rally, if you haven't yet been make a note in your calendar. For all those who were lucky enough to attend, see you next year as this is one weekender not too be missed!!!

View more photos from BWM Rally 2014 at the 2014 Gallery.

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BWM Scooter Ska Rally will be back for it 3rd year from 12th - 14th June 2015. Keep up to date on all the latest goings on, 'Like' us on facebook at BWM Scooter Ska Rally.

 

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