The “Running of the Bulls” Rally, July 13-15, took place at Breezewood Proving Grounds in Pennsylvania.
Friday the thirteenth’s rains proved to be no omen, as the skies parted to ensure the Turnbull’s first camping rally was a complete success! About 75 scoots, 50 or so vintage bikes attended despite the weather’s beginning.
Whether in the (Turn) bullpen, our club’s cabin, by the fire or on the tracks, Friday’s arrivals broke ice, pitched up tents, enjoyed DC Brau Beer from the kegs, listened to Boogaloo and Ska music, and ate Cincinnati style chili. Never low key, Friday night’s vibe stayed fresh and festive.
After Saturday morning breakfast provided by the Breezewood Proving Grounds, a group of about 50 scooters rode through the countryside to enjoy covered bridges and the Bella Vistas.
Those who skipped the ride spent the afternoon proving whether the suspensions on their scooters could handle the dirt tracks, learned arts and crafts (“How to transform a man’s shirt into a Couture Baby T 101”), or tried their luck at the 30-foot water slide into the local watering hole.
Brody Shaw stole the show at the “Running of the Bulls” gymkhana, held on the junior track. Colin Madere won the “Bald Bull” slow race after a three-way grudge match final round. Colin beat “Bald Bull” runner-up, Matt Toigo, in a photo finish battle royale!
Saturday’s highlight was an 80 pound pig roast as the sun set. Camp staff were unaware of the Latin tradition of eating “chicharon”, so the Turnbulls provided “all you can eat” hot off the grill pork rinds!
After dinner and live music, awards were handed out. The award for “Best Club Attendance” and “Rally A’ hole” were given to Seven Hills Scooter Club of Richmond, VA, with the all-vintage riders from the Chain of Fools Scooter Club, also of Richmond, winning an honorary “furthest ridden” award. When one of their Lambrettas stuttered, the fellas rode back home (an extra 50 miles each way) to pick up a different scooter for the rest of their journey. Other clubs well represented at the rally included the DC Spin Doctors, The Columbus Cutters, Pittsburgh Vintage Scooter Club, The Usual Suspects, and the Rabble Rousers.
Raffle ticket buyers had the chance to win the 17 goodie bags from our generous sponsors. The final prize was a 1980 Bajaj Scooter, won by the lucky Gwyn Limber of the Seven Hills Scooter Club.
Barred from “night riding,” several creative scooterists opted for “nude walk” and a few dared the swimming hole after hours!
Sunday morning was mostly a time of parting, though Jason Crowley spent the afternoon attempting his best Evil Knievel impersonation on his Rally 200.
Enrique Fernandez Roberts
Turnbull DC’s Scooter Club