by David Harrington
On August 14th – 17th, the Rattle My Bones Scooter Rally was held in the Twin Cities. This was the second scooter rally hosted by the local All Mod Cons scooter club. From the late 1990s to 2006, the big Twin Cities scooter rally, Skooter Du, was put on by The Regulars scooter club.
On Thursday, rally participants met at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul for socializing and a scavenger hunt. The hunt required collecting items and digital images. There were about a dozen teams and I was fortunate enough to assist in the collection and judging of the pictures.
Friday included a “History Ride” during the day. Over 40 local and visiting scooterists were lead by rally coordinator Jon Boorom around the Twin Cities visiting sites of interest including a tour of Fort Snelling. The early evening brought four rides, all departing from local rally sponsor Scooterville and ending at another local sponsor, Blue Cat Motors, for DJ music, grilled food and more socializing.
Saturday began at the Square Peg in Minneapolis for breakfast. At 10:00am, the “Big Ride” departed the Square Peg, led by Joe and Willy. With over 200 scooters, the ride certainly lived up to its name. Thanks to the hard work of the leaders and escorts, riders navigated a scenic route, arriving at Blue Cat Motors around 2:00pm. The afternoon was taken up by a scooter show, more food, and a Gymkhana. The rally shifted locations to the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis for an evening of awards, raffle, live music and more socializing.
Sunday started at Square Peg for a late breakfast and a relaxed ride that started about noon. We cruised through a good portion of the “Grand Rounds” route, and ended at Merlin’s Rest in Minneapolis. Again, the hard work of volunteer escorts made the ride a true joy.
This year’s Twin Cities scooter rally clearly demonstrated to me that scootering has established a firm foothold in the Twin Cities. There was just about every kind of scooter one could imagine, from vintage machines to modern Maxi-Scooters and everything in between. Well over 200 participants enjoyed the great weather, fun events, and company of fellow scooterists.
A very large number of volunteers and sponsors made this rally a resounding success. I truly enjoyed seeing “old school” scooter people, many of whom have been active scooterists for decades, as well as the new crop of people just discovering the fun of the machines and the people. I’d like to extend a special “Thank You” to Lora and Matt Murtha. They are a young couple who are relatively new to scootering. Lora recently joined the team at Scooterville full time and she and Matt went out of their way to help out in just about every aspect of the rally. Seeing their enthusiasm reminds me of why I got into scootering in the first place. Not for the fuel efficiency, not for the low cost, for the FUN.