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Scooter Mania!

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.
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1957: James Cain and the Manx National Scooter Rally 1958: First Isle of Man International Motor Scooter Rally 1959: Isle of Man Scooter Club 1960: Roads Closed 1961: 1961: Manx One-Two for the Premier Awards 1962: The Manx 400 and Scoot to Scotland 1963: Storm Warning 1964: From Behind the Iron curtain 1965: For the Record 1966: Wipeout 1967: Night Trial and the Ramsey Sprint 1968: Club d'Italia 1969: King of the Hill 1970: Rally in Peril 1971: Port Soderick Hill Climb 1972: The Fast Men of Ballaugh 1973: Druidale Record Smashed 1974: Bring on the Bikes 1975: September Rally 1976: End of the Road 1981: Outlawed Appendix 1 - Awards and Trophies Appendix 2 - Programmes, Entry Cards and Routemaps Appendix 3 Rally Ephemera

About the Author

Steve Jackson bought his first Scooter at the age of 17, and attended his first Scooter Rally, at Morecambe, in 1984. A nomadic lifestyle followed, including memberships of Scooter Clubs in Birmingham, London and Devon, attending National Rallies, and sleeping in leaking tents. His interests later veered towards classic cars and motorbikes, but he never really got over his first passion. After several years of studying and working in Scotland, in 2010 he was appointed as a Library and Archives Assistant at the Manx Museum, in Douglas, providing the inspiration for this project. The acquisition of a new Vespa PX 150 soon followed!


makes for interesting reading for any scooter owner, old or new. VE-UK will undoubtedly prove enthralling for many scooter enthusiasts, bringing back great memories for those involved and enlighten the rest of us who unfortunately missed out. Scooter Mania is a very good read and certainly worth the GBP14.99 RRP. Scootering The IoM Scooter Rally was of its time, and cannot be repeated as it was. Now we have some means of celebrating it. Classic Scooterist Scene At last! A year-on-year account of the Isle of Man International Scooter Rally ... With all makes covered and gymkhana, concourse d'elegance and road racing events to read about, this makes for a great addition to the ever expanding scooter literature collection available today. Jet Set Definitely worth buying! an engrossing read The Daily Echo (Southampton)

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