Scooter riders warming up for next weekend’s Redcar Scooter rally

Redcar will resonate with the sound of two-stroke engines when it welcomes scooter enthusiasts from across the country next weekend.

The annual Redcar Scooter rally will be held again on June 5-6, having been resuscitated in 2014 after a hiatus of more than 20 years.

Scooter drivers gathered at the Stray Cafe in Redcar yesterday for a warm-up before the big event begins in earnest.

Damian Hunt, 45, who is hosting next weekend’s event alongside his friend Paul Power, said: “Last year has been brilliant. Over 1000 people came with their scooters and it was a great success.

“Obviously we want to get bigger and better every year, so we want more people to join us this year.

“I think it’s a good thing for Redcar. We have sold tickets to people all over England, I think the furthest away so far is Northampton.

“This means, hopefully, good business for businesses – pubs, cafes, bed and breakfasts – in Redcar.

“I remember the scooter rallies we had at Redcar in the 1980s. It got me into it when I was a kid. I liked the style, I liked the music and the lifestyle.

Dozens of scooter riders gathered for a preview of the rally yesterday, including 19-year-old Charlie Leech.

The Redcar teenager brought his Vespa scooter, which he spent £ 1,300 to modify.

He said: “I can’t wait to be at the rally. When I was in school, I got into music and then clothes and I said to myself: I need to get a scooter.

Music over the two-day festival, which will be held at the Redcar Rugby Club, will come from Clashed, The Extra Specials, Ordinary Affairs, Slow Moving Targets, The Revolve and Acoustic Weller.

Tickets are available for Friday and Saturday events, and for the whole weekend plus camping, on the website or Facebook at Redcar Scooter Rally 2015.