You can’t fail to miss the thousands of scooters that descend on the Island each year for August Bank Holiday weekend. Arriving in their droves, you can barley see Ryde for the sheer amount of mirrors about! The scooter rally has been taking place here on the Island since approximately 1980. It was during the 70’s that it became popular with scooter fans to make the most of the long weekend and head to a seaside town, predominantly Brighton. So it was something of a surprise when in 1980, instead of heading to Brighton, they turned up on the Isle of Wight where Appley car park was their base for the weekend.
In 1981, they were not expected to return again as Isle of Man was the scooterists first choice but that was soon scuppered by the Isle of Man council placed a ban on all scooters for younger riders, and thus, they decided to return instead to the Isle of Wight and the very first national scooter rally took place, this time with Smallbrook as the centre. In 1982, the first official scooter rally took place on the Island.
Now, it is widely known as the largest scooter rally in the world with anything between four and seven thousand scooters coming over every year. An international event, there is something for everyone, whether your ride a scooter or just an avid fan.
This year sees entertainment from The Small Fakers and Dave Wakelings, The Beat. Make sure you don’t miss the famous ride out from Ryde to Sandown at 1pm – it really is a sight to behold!