Scooter Mania! : Recollections of the Isle of Man International Scooter Rally

By Steve Jackson
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At last! A year-on-year account of the Isle of Man International Scooter Rally, the brainchild of WWI veteran-turned-politician, James Mylchreest Cain. Following a fact-finding mission to Dusseldorf, accompanied by Peter Agg from Lambretta, the second Rally went International for 1958, and was to grow in popularity throughout the 1960s, attracting competitors from countries as far and wide as Australia, USA, Rhodesia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Czechoslovakia and India.

In addition to gymkhana and endurance events, closed-road and circuit racing attracted fast men such as Neville Frost, John and Norman Ronald, Ray Kemp, Andy Smith, and Norrie Kerr. In 1971, the then chairman of the Tourist Board, Bill Quayle, declared that the annual Scooterist week was “the most important cog in the mosaic of Manx tourism.” The author’s access to personal photographic archives, and Manx Press pictures, combined with period reports and interviews with competitors, builds a unique reconstruction of a hugely successful event on the scootering sporting calendar: an event that was to endure for 20 years and attract thousands of spectators.

● Year-by-year account of the Manx International Scooter Rally
● Ex-competitors and officials interviewed
● Exclusive images from the Manx Press pictures archive
● Content from Tourist Board press releases, programmes and Rally ephemera
● Origins of the Isle of man Scooter Club
● Research covered every column inch of the Manx Press on the subject
● Features Rally reports with results, standings and awards
● Created with the involvement of Works teams and officials, including Vespa and Lambretta
● Many images researched from private photographic archives
● Concise history of Scootering's longest running closed road event
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SCOMA
Publisher
Veloce Publishing
ISBN
1845846486
ISBN-13
9781845846480
Format
Paperback, 128 pages
Published
2014
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