Submitted by Caprice White, PR Director for the Top Secret Scooter Association
You say Vintage? We say YES!
The 2014 Vancouver Vintage rally got off to a great start with a group of riders meeting up for Expresso at Prado Coffee on Commercial Drive. People enjoyed fine espresso and caught up with friends and the first ride of the rally was a night tour through the streets of Vancouver which arrived at the Black Frog in Gastown, where Jeffry McCloy was spinning a special. Mod mix to kick off the weekend.
Saturday morning we woke up to decent weather, much to our surprise, as we were told to expect downpours all weekend… so we headed out the Slocan for breakfast. As we enjoyed our food and slowly woke up, dark clouds loomed overhead and the ride planner’s debated if we should go on a long or short ride. Great weather was reported south of the city which was exactly where we were headed.
We got everybody fed and sorted… and when the group was ready, Ghost Squadron lead the ride South to Stevenson. Just then the sky opened up and we got rained on for about 5 minutes, but the showers stopped the further south we headed, so we continued on with the ride. First stop was at the Beat Merchant to visit Frankie and to peruses through his Great stock of Records and all sorts of treats from the UK. A special “mobile scooter parts sale “ happened in the parking lot of the Pub Stop. Some great parts were found and then we grabbed lunch and pints at the Buck & Ear for a few hours.
It was mid-afternoon and we headed back to Vancouver. A few of us stopped at the Steamworks taproom to pick up growlers and have a pint or two, then it was rumored that there was a pre-party record party at ModUsLife labs before the rest of the evening’s festivities.
Great food, DJ’s (Wild Rose Soul Club, Capital City Soul Club and DJ Keith ) friends and a play (a play!) were all waiting for us at Casa Covina that evening. The party was open to all , vintage or non vintage and we had a wonderful time! Vittorio and the Top Secret Scooter Club hosted an amazing evening. this was an event not to be missed. (Can you say rally beer and rally wine?).
Sunday morning was a bit of a different story. The rain arrived in waves.. and we decided to wait it out and head to the Cambie for breakfast and see what happened. Luckily for us around 1pm the rain stopped and the group headed out towards UBC and Spanish Banks. It was a brilliant ride filled with amazing views, the smell of the ocean, giant cedars, fish and chips, sunshine and two stroke oil as we rode by the long stretch of beaches that look out at the north shore.
The ride ended in the middle or the afternoon at Victory Square, where we got to watch “Nervous Talk” featuring the Jaguar’s Trevor on Drums. One of the highlights was the bands cover of “young Turks”. I can safely say if you hear Nervous Talk play that song you will be saying “Ricks Springfield who?”
Everybody went home early to get cleaned up and dressed up in their finest Kit and headed down to Federico’s Supper club on commercial drive for a fabulous 4 course dinner and Soul night. The food was amazing. The DJ’s this evening included the Wild Rose Soul Club, DJ Keith and special Guests from the Emerald City Soul Club. As I rode home late Sunday after last call.. I was sad the amazing rally weekend was over so quickly. However, Victoria 2015 is just around the corner kids.. So better start planning now!