Scooterists have been descending upon the Isle of Wight since the 1950s when owning a scooter was part and parcel of being a mod along with wearing sharp suits, parka jackets and liking Northern Soul, Ska, Beat and R&B music. This year the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally is between 23-26 August 2019.
Back in the day, Mods would race down to the south coastal towns, including those around the Island, to show off their customised scooters and party hard over bank holiday weekends.
The fashion peaked in the early to mid 60s and these weekends would coincide with rallies by the rival 'rockers' who rode motorbikes, liked rock and heavy metal music and favoured leathers and long hair. This led to a few unpleasant altercations between the different sub-cultures and local opposition meant that rallies were discouraged for a while.
But the tradition never completely died out on the Isle of Wight and although numbers dwindled through the early seventies there was a revival towards the end of the decade with scooterist rallies back on track by the early eighties. Now it is the August bank holiday that sees the greatest number coming to the Island in what is one of the biggest gatherings in the world.
The rally is organised by the VFM scootering collective and people come from all over Britain as well as from places like Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, USA and even Australia!
The atmosphere is really friendly these days and the rally has become an annual attraction in its own right. Most scooterists choose to camp at Smallbrook Stadium and Kite Hill Farm campsite in Wootton is another popular choice, although others take advantage of local hotels and B&Bs.
See the What's On section for details of the different events including the famous Sunday ride out.
Early Bird Ferry Offer
Pay just £32.60 return (saving 25%) when you book your scooter on the ferry and travel between 21 & 26 August 2019.
Getting to Smallbrook Stadium for the Scooter Rally is easy from Southampton
By scooter - catch the ferry to East Cowes and then head south on the A3021 and then east on the A3054 to Firestone Copse Rd in Wootton Bridge. Turn right into Firestone Copse Rd. Drive along Stroud Wood Rd and Carters Rd. Turn left onto Havenstreet Main Rd. Turn right onto Stroud Wood Rd. At the roundabout, continue straight onto Carters Rd. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Ashey Rd and Smallbrook Stadium (PO33 4BH). The journey will take about 20-25 minutes.