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Brewers Droop 9 - 2006
Having had record numbers attend the Droop in 2005, the club made an early decision in planning for 2006, that the event should become all ticket in order to limit numbers and prevent overcrowding in the 2 main halls. The weather immediately prior to the weekend gave us cause for concern that this might be the first year that we would suffer from rain but as Friday arrived the usual Brewers fine weather appeared. Before the gate opened at 9.00 a.m. Friday morning, a dozen or so tents had already been erected by the early bird arrivals from Heartlands SC and B5000. Throughout the day a constant stream of scooterists arrived together with the first of the trade stalls and by early evening almost 900 had made their way to the Belvedere complete with BBQ's beer and kids. Included in the numbers were 3 scooterists from Barcelona via Coventry and another 4 from Boston USA who had chosen to include the Droop in their tour of Europe (the group had purchased scooters from Ebay in Germany and had collected them on their arrival from America).
Friday nights entertainment in the main hall was kicked off by DJ's from VfM whilst Pitchie and Tony-1-Shirt played a selection of Ska and Indie music in the Belvedere Room. First band up on Friday were Caine who played a collection of Mod favourites including Sha-la-la-la-lee, Time is Tight and Peacock Suit. The good weather outside meant that only a smallish crowd saw the early part of their set but by later on the dance floor was full and the band were taking requests from the floor before finishing with the Small Faces All or Nothing. Next up were Special Brew who played an excellent set including all the Ska favourites such as One Step Beyond, Rat Race, Nite Club and Enjoy Yourself. The punters certainly did!
Saturday mornings gate opened at 7.00 a.m. and soon Friday's numbers began to swell. By lunchtime another 400 or so were on site in time for the afternoons events. This was kicked off by the kids 5-a-Side Football won by the Albion Allstars quickly followed by the adults football which was won by Dunny's Leicest(oh)! Over 90 scooters were entered for the custom show (see results below). Unfortunately beaurocracy prevented us from providing outdoor music for the afternoon although Ska band The Dandelions played to a reasonable crowd inside.
A revised It's A Knockout course was created which included a Krypton Factor style puzzle that required assembling by the contestants. Congratulations to Treakle Town who outperformed The Armed Forces SC to take the honours and £100 cash prize.
Saturday evenings music was kicked off by local band Tilted Smile, who recently took 1st place in Britain's 'Battle of the Bands' contest for unsigned bands. The self proclaimed Indie Rock trio performed a mixed set which could be described as Heavy Metal meets 60's Mod. Whilst many were initially unsure about this 'new' sound the crowd soon warmed to their different take on numbers such as Gimme Some Loving, House of the Rising Sun and even Marvin Gaye's Heard it Through The Grapevine. Soon the dancefloor was full and the crowd responded with equal enthusiasm to that shown by the bands lead singer as he belted out the bands set. Well Done Lads!!
Shortly afterwards a cheque was presented to the widow of John Brady who sadly lost his life earlier in the year and 40+ raffle prizes were drawn including again, a restored Lambretta, as this years main prize (won by Adrian Jenkins). The second band on stage on Saturday were Circa who immediately packed the dancefloor with their introductory number Eton Rifles. Their varied set, including Ghost in My House, Steppin Stone and Babylon's Burning kept the dancefloor full and the VfM boys busy at the mosh pit until the band finished with their version of Slade's Mama Weer All Crazee Now. The rest of the night was overseen by the VfM DJ's who played a mixed set for the enthusiastic crowd including such varied numbers as Deee-Lite's Groove is in the Heart, The Beatles' Tax Man and Stone Roses Waterfall.
Sunday morning saw Adrian proudly take possession of his new Lambretta and the mass exodus of scooterists riding home in Tee-shirts and shorts and enjoying the last of the weekends sunshine.
Custom Show Results
TS1 GP 225
St Helens SC
Best Classic Lambretta
Li 125 S2
Brano -Hinckley SC
Best Classic Vespa
Vespa GS 160
Best Paint Job
Pirates of the Caribbean
Hard to Handle
Best Street Racer
Best Female Entrant
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Andy Winter & Karan Winter
Thanks to everyone that attended this rally and hope to see you all in the near future.
Thanks for your support
The Brewers 2006
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