Scooter Invasion Rally 2012

This year marks the 7th year that the Westside Scooter Club has hosted their vintage only rally, Scooter Invasion. Some of the most unique Italian bikes buzzed in from around the country. Riders aimed to show off their rides. This year, well over 100 riders joined the party.

The meet and greet at 90 West Lounge kicked off the weekend perfectly. The smell of two-stroke smoke filled bystanders’ nostrils as the swarm of scoots took off on their first ride of the weekend.

The destination for the night was the Cock n’ Bull, a great British Pub in Santa Monica. Riders danced the night away to some of the country’s best Northern Soul, Ska, Motown, and Reggae DJ’s. The lineup included Jim Martinez from San Francisco, Pete Kelross from the UK, Count Busty and Skarina from San Diego and many more. That was all in the first night!

By noon on Saturday, tired eyes and flashy bikes rolled into the Cock n’ Bull for the Beverly Hills Reservoir ride. To some, it must have felt like they never left. The three-hour ride through Beverly Hills brought scooterists to their next destination, the Melody Bar & Grill in Los Angeles. The scooter parking area was an impromptu show and shine, filled to the gills with old school scoots. This classic art deco bar was first established in 1952 as a steak house. Over the years, many famous players called this their hangout.

The Melody Bar got the party warmed up, but the night’s final destination was Club Fais Do-Do for more dancing with another amazing line-up of DJ’s including Dr. Scott Bullet and Mikey Moonstomp from San Francisco, as well as David Bywell, Marv Mack, Virgina Ann, and another mix from DJ Pete Kelross. The night raged on and the dancers boogied until the sun came up.

Sunday morning came too quickly, as the ride would leave you behind if you weren’t at Tommy’s Original by 11:30am. Tommy’s world-famous burgers were the perfect meal to kick off the hangover blues and get us all going on the ride through the canyon to the rally’s last stop in Marina Del Rey.

One of the first establishments in Marina Del Rey in 1972 was Brennan’s Pub, the host spot for the official rally goodbyes. The Westside Scooter Club hosted another successful rally. Thanks to the wonderful sponsors, many riders left with more than they came with, and they were already talking about next year. See ya’ next year for more of the same!