the solent city scooter club dave tooley mallory park 1970       

Tales of adventure, stupidness, teenage sex desires, friendships a great time was had by all and I remember it just                                  




Scooter Racing

By Marten Holdway

The first track events were for time trials round Mallory Park. Les Rafferty's Wildcats were entered in them the legend goes that the Hampshire Union guys got fed up of checking times and opened up there throttles and Scooter Racing was born.

The Solent City members were not really into racing, so Dave And I used to go with the Hampshire Union guys to the meetings, by then I was working for Rafferty Newman in the Workshops and then the Stores with my friend and Solent City member Kenny Erridge, Happy days.

We used to hire a dodgy van from Danny Gormans in Titchfield cram it full of bikes and bodies and off we went. There are many tales to tell of the journeys which I will start telling when time permits.

One trip comes to mind, we were off to Mallory Park, this was just after the isle of Wight rally and my massive pile up, and my leg was still very stiff. I cadged a lift in Dudley's little green Morris 1000 van, Dudley was a really nice bloke, but a bit strange, one day I remember first thing in the morning, a Suzuki 50 came past the rear doors of the workshop with no rider, swiftly followed by two barrels worth of Dudly's 410 shotgun, he had bought the gun in to shoot the rats, but the bike had played him up on the way in to work so he executed it.

So off we set, also in the Van was Geoff Stevens. We were well on our way to Mallory and the dusk was setting in, Dudley saw a pheasant walking up the verge suddenly he gave chase mounting the verge he chased the pheasant across the fields, the startled bird flew off so no pheasant for tea. I was lying in the back of the van and was bumped around and ended up in a heap. We got to Mallory and decamped to the Bar, we were going to sleep in George's Removal Van around 20 people crammed in the old van very friendly. The next morning we went down to the track, you had to enter the track area through the hairpin and to my horror it was like glass covered in ice, boy was I glad I wasn't racing that day.

All in all the race meetings were great fun for us young Scooterists, we could have a weekend away with our mates, catch a bit of excitement racing round the tracks, come home knakered but fulfilled.

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