June 29, 2013
RAISING THE BAR FOR ENDURANCE AND [IN]SANITY
The 2013 running of the biannual Mad Bastard Scooter Rally unfolded last weekend in southern Ontario, Canada. As usual, the rally raised the bar for both endurance and [in]sanity, with participants covering up to 855km (530mi) while collecting “mad points” en route. To win, you must demonstrate supreme lunacy in attire, machine (low cc and decorated) and action (deranged photo ops and a Timbit collecting bonus spree).
The Mad Bastard Rally is the opus of CMG head honcho Rob Harris and made possible by headline sponsor Kymco Canada, who provide everything from eager volunteers to a lucrative Agility City 50 as the top prize. This was my third MBSR but first doing it right: on a 50cc machine.
I wasn’t eligible for the grand prize as a member of the media class, but it was just as well since a 1 in 8 shot at a case of beer (the media prize) seemed a lot more feasible than outdoing the 99 other lunatics in the room. I scanned the room at the Friday night welcome dinner and was amazed yet again by the humiliation people stoop to. From cross dressing newlyweds and dinosaurs to a quartet of fish tacos and the full gamut of superheroes, standing out in this crowd was impossible. The Mad Bastard Scooter Rally is the ultimate venue for alter egos.
May 11, 2012
NORTH AMERICA’S LONGEST RUNNING RALLY SET FOR 28TH YEAR IN VICTORIA, BC
The longest running scooter rally in North America is set for its 28th year this coming May long weekend in Victoria, BC, Canada. The 2012 iteration entitled ‘Shaken, Not Stirred…” features a James Bond theme and goes off May 18 - 21.
The Garden City Scooter Run is put on by the Capital City Scooter Club (CCSC) and it’s a rocking good time every year. The quality of people and scooters that come out for this one make it awesome. Anyone in BC, Canada and Washington State should be eyeing this up.
All scooters - classic or modern - are welcome. Mopeds and other small bikes have been known to sneak in too.