Scooter culture as we know it today really owes its roots not to Italy or America, but to the UK. While la vita dolce remains a staple of scooter heritage, it was really the UK Mods of the ’60s who made scooters a group activity. That’s an old story that, if you’re reading this site, you probably already know. Yet what may not be as well known is how much of that scooter culture remains alive and vibrant in the UK even today.
Take, for example, the Ride Out scooter rally which has been taking place on the Isle of Wight annually since 1980. Those three decades have seen hundreds of thousands of scooters and riders come together to enjoy their machines and each other’s company. While uniquely British in its locale, I can’t help but see traces of Amerivespa, Rattle My Bones, Slaughterhouse and a dozen other worldwide scooter rallies that bring together people of every stripe with one common passion: scooters.
The Daily Mail has posted a stellar set of images from Getty that will hopefully give those of you who weren’t able to make what they describe as “the world’s largest scooter festival” a little taste of the goings on. Any of our readers make it to the event? We’d love to hear from you. Tell us your experience in the comments below.