origins of the first scooter rallies in Dunbar go back to early
1958, when Edinburgh Lambretta Club member Doug Sim was looking
for a venue for a rally after Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh.
fiance , Pat , had an uncle that was on Dunbar Council - David
Deans as best we know at the moment - and after a presentation
from the scooter club to a council meeting, Dunbar gave permission
to hold the rally in town , and even put up a trophy as part
of their full support.
Deans also ran the amusement arcade bt the east beach - and
part of that was a shooting gallery...rumours are that Mr Deans
offered a Lambretta scooter to the best scorer throughout the
year...making sure some of the scooterists made regular visits
to Dunbar. There's a good business man for you :) .
rally took place over 24th & 25th May 1958 and was extremely
well attended , with over
1000 scooters from around the UK attending. A dance was organised
for the Saturday night and a Scooter Rally Queen crowned, who
led the parade around town on the Sunday.
following year's rally was equally well attended , and backed
by the Council, with further events such as cabaret and pram
The revival of mods and furthermore - scooterists - in the early
80's seen an approach to Dunbar to re-kindle past fun from the
town , but with poor support from local organisations &
venues , the 1980's rallies were always a poor affair , with
little to do and poor entertainment for the travelling scooterists.
Nowadays you often find local scooter clubs help or even fully
organise rallies in their area - sorting out music , bands ,
custom shows & trophies etc, but in the 80's Dunbar didn't
have any scooter club , in fact Dunbar had one sole scooterists...
yours truly !
main Scottish Rally these days is held in Kelso - and is very
well organised and supported by local police and council. As
well as other club organised events in Stirling, Fife &
Aberdeen/Inverness. There are a large number of events in England
and Wales, and the current bunch of scooterists attending include
original 60's mods , 80's revivalists and scooterists and "newbies"
or "born-agains" , the folk who have had the kids
, done the family thing and miss the laughs and thrill of whizzing
about the country on 10" wheels.
Many of the people on the scene these days have never stopped
attending rallies since they started whether it be in the 50's
60's 70's or 80's.
thanks to Scootering Magazine for a lot of the information provided
Dunfermline SC leave Winterfield after a Rally circa 1959