Mod mania on the Isle of Wight

By Jon Moreno

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 

Mod mania on the Isle of Wight

The scooter rally, part of the Isle of Wight International Scooter Weekend, arrives in Sandown. Picture by Terry Alger.

RYDE is rivalling Brighton as the country’s mod mania capital after it hosted arguably its most well attended bank holiday scooter weekend yet.

Thousands of scooterists descended on the Isle of Wight for the annual August extravaganza, which featured plenty of live music, the International Custom Show and the rally.

Ryde seafront and Smallbrook Stadium, Ashey, were the hubs for scooterists, which both hosted events for mods and scooter enthusiasts.

LA Bowl’s bar area and The Balcony Bar on Ryde Esplanade were packed venues for live music, each day and night.

The musical highlight was Specials-influenced Island combo, Ska’d for Life, who played at the Balcony Bar on Friday.

"It was wild — just like a Specials gig back in the day. The crowd went absolutely crazy and created a brilliant atmosphere. The band said it was one of the best gigs they ever played," said event organiser Steve Robson.

For a full report and more pictures, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, August 29.

Scooters - Sally Potter

Picture courtesy of Sally Potter.

Scooters - Graham Reading

Picture courtesy of Graham Reading Photography.

Scooters - Graham Reading

Picture courtesy of Graham Reading Photography.

Scooters - Graham Reading

Picture courtesy of Graham Reading Photography.

Scooters - Graham Reading

Picture courtesy of Graham Reading Photography.

Scooters - Terry Alger

Picture courtesy of Terry Alger.

Scooters - Neil Southwell

Picture courtesy of Neil Southwell/Photo-graphics.

Scooters - Neil Southwell

Picture courtesy of Neil Southwell/Photo-graphics.

Scooters - Neil Southwell

Picture courtesy of Neil Southwell/Photo-graphics.

Scooters - Neil Southwell

Picture courtesy of Neil Southwell/Photo-graphics.

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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