I came across this event purely by chance. I’d driven to Eastleigh, near Southampton to collect some parts I’d won on E-Bay. Having collected the items and indulged in a small amount of idle chit chat, I left to head home. Sat at some traffic lights, ready to turn left, I noticed a couple of scooters parked in the car park of “The Leigh” pub.
Aha! methinks, camera handy, time to see what it’s all about. I parked up in Halfords’ car park and strolled back to the pub.
This event was being hosted by The Due South Scooter Club, which meets every Wednesday at the Leigh.
I noticed some scooters from the Eastleigh Spitfires Scooter Club too. There was music, a barbeque and stalls selling goodies, including Harrington jackets which I remember from my Skinhead days back in the late 60s. I was told that the pub was also having an extension to the opening hours for the day’s event.
A couple of scooters left before I managed to grab pics of ‘em, but I must admit I was well impressed with the “Who” tribute Lambretta. I took a few shots of that one & have since arranged a photo shoot of it for the website, so check the Motors, Two Wheels section of the site soon. There was another scooter there decked out in murals from The Lord of the Rings. This was a Piaggio, which looks like a modern version of the old Vespa scooters. Both machines were stunning, with superb attention to detail including some very nice engraving. Another Piaggio featured images of The Small Faces on it –the music of the Who & the Faces being linked to the original scooter scene of the 60s & it’s later 80s revival of course.
As I was about to leave to head back to the car, a VW camper van came up to the lights. It was covered in Bob Marley murals. He said he’d heard about the meet and decided to pop along to take a look. Maybe this is an event to look out for next year for anyone in the vicinity.