It was the music of The Jam that first drew my attention towards a 'new' movement known as the Mod scene. In particular it was 'When You're Young' that sold me on this still fresh and up & coming band. Up until that time I had been a school kid who regularly bought punk music but wasn't old enough to be a punk! Like so many others at that time, my first viewing of Quadrophenia confirmed my thoughts that this was what I had been waiting for, and so another Mod was 'born'. My 17th birthday (1980) saw me buy my first scooter, a Vespa Rally 200 (see right) and Easter 1981 witnessed my first ridden rally, at Scarborough. What an experience!
The next few years were focussed on attending rallys and enjoying this rapidly growing youth culture. Morecambe, Gt Yarmouth, Skeggy and Colwyn Bay to name but a few of the rallys in those early days. Coalville 'Tiffs', Hinckley 'Bubbles', Nuneaton's 'Burmuda Club' Ashby's 'Hole in the Wall' and 'The British Oak' pubs were all regular haunts before I tried a bit of DJing at Hinckley Rugby Club do's and regular Sunday nights at Burton Albion's ground.
Different scooters came and went before I became fed up of the cold and wet and succumbed to 4 wheel transport and drifted away from scootering along with so many others at that time.
Fast forward to 1998, and the desire to be back on a scooter had been growing strong when I spied a copy of Scootering on the shelves of local newsagents. Having shelled out the wonga I was rapidly leafing through the pages when I stumbled across a small ad for a rally at nearby Netherseal. The rest, as they say, is history. I quickly returned to the scene, joining the Brewers and once again, a procession of different scooters soon followed.