by The Cake Man

What a great weekend; it all started for the Sleaford All Knighters Scooter Club on Thursday evening, when several members of the club met up at the Rugby Club to put up warning signs approaching the club and marking out the field. Friday saw lots of riders turning up. Well done to the people manning the gate, who worked tirelessly over the weekend marshalling all the arriving riders.

“Rats and Rustos” had their national meet stand set up, and John Gilbert and Chalky, from Replay Racing, set up their Dyno machine next door. This proved very popular over the weekend, checking out the BHP that riders’ scooters’ produced. Several scooters needed adjustment to get the best out of them.

Lots of scooter clubs turned up on the Friday, the largest being the Armed Forces Scooter Club. The field steadily filled up. There was plenty of music from the Sleaford All Knighters resident D J, Dave Morris, and his friends, Ray, Brian, Joel, Rick and Phil. These lads had great fun supplying the music until the live music took over.

Saturday saw the Armed Forces Scooter Club ride to the Barge and Bottle, our club’s meeting place, for breakfast. Mick, the landlord, had been warned that lots were coming; however 85 turned up, and his staff had to get their skates on dealing with their orders. After a hearty breakfast the lads rode to the newly-opened Bomber Command Memorial, at Canwick Hill in Lincoln to lay a wreath there. If you are in the area this memorial is very well-worth a visit.

More traders turned up on Saturday, and the scooters kept arriving. The Red Arrows flew over on their way to an air show.

Nicky, our “Happy Chappy”, is even happier now!! He has an up-graded mobility scooter, which goes much better over the grass on the rugby pitch. It is also faster now - doing 8 mph. Colin, who is usually with Nicky, told me that he now needs a new pair of trainers, as he has worn out his old ones trying to keep up with Nicky!!

Dave Brown and Keith had their work cut our this year in judging the scooters for the various awards. There were some excellent scooters on display, and some very nice art work - a credit to the owners. “Best Original” went to a 75-year-old rider, possibly the oldest participant on the field. “Long Distance” went to a serviceman who came in from Austria, and the Angry Pirates won “Best Club”.

Some ladies came around collecting for “BLESMA” to help limbless veterans. In the evening a Spitfire flew over three times before flying away. The music had been good all day and the final band, “The Score”, were awesome.

What a great rally!! Well done to the club and thanks to everybody who turned up and helped to make it a brilliant weekend, held at an excellent venue with really good facilities. Our next event is “Happy Chappy 4“, which will be held on 16th September at The Barge and Bottle public house in Sleaford, starting at 10.00 am. See you there.