Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Interview With A Mad Bastard By Jérémie Godfrey

2017 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally Group Photo
Pic © Mad Bastard Scooter Rally
Scooters, they are often the underdog of two wheeled vehicles; due mostly to their speed limitations or their esthetic appearance. But for the people of the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally, they are the coolest rides on the streets; and so I got in touch with KYMCO, the people currently in charge of this event, to find why they love scooters and what the event is all about. I had the pleasure of interviewing the Rally Master who is the main event planner/organizer of the Rally.


Rockers Beware - The Mods Are out In Force!
Pic © Mad Bastard Scooter Rally
In this brief interview, I got to see how the people of this Rally really care about this event and how they really form a close community. The Rally first started in 2004 with only five participants, the most recent Rally was in 2017, it was the 7th Rally with 61 registered participants. Fun fact, the event is also a fundraiser, in 2015 they raised over 16,000$ for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area charity.

The MBR Brings Out The Animal In Most!
Pic © Mad Bastard Scooter Rally
While speaking with the Rally Master, I asked “What is the most interesting story/event that happened at the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally that you can think of?” She did not have a specific story, but she said the interesting thing about the event is that the people that come do not just come to race for a trophy; No, they come as groups of friends and teams to raise funds and have a blast with people who share the same love for riding and scooters. She also said that many of the participants are not new to riding, that most of them are at least a little seasoned and that you must be courageous to attempt this 24 hour ride!

A Couple of Mad Bastards Posing With A Noble Steed!
Pic © Mad Bastard Scooter Rally
One other thing that makes the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally great is that people dress up in all sorts of costumes. The Rally Master herself dressed up as a bar maid with the rest of her team on one occasion, and for the 2017 Rally had a doctor Seuss Hat (try to spot her in the group picture). Now it is also worth noting that the Rally is not just a very long drive with dress ups (which would be cool enough to start with), no, there are points to be earned through the completion of challenges, picture taking, video recording and bonus extension laps, all of which help determine the winner at the end of the day.

Vespa a la Canada
Pic © Mad Bastard Scooter Rally
Though I have not had the chance to go to a Rally myself, through my interview and the research I did online, I have come to the conclusion that what makes the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally Special is the genuine great time that everybody has, the friendships that are formed and all the great story’s that everyone gets to share and go home with; and so I hope that to even the people who may not like scooters, that they and everyone else, can truly appreciate the camaraderie, love and friendship that these people have and share. For those who would like to know more about the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally and read about the events and stories that occurred, visit their website today.

Acknowledgements


Michelin Man Meets Astronaught
Pic © Mad Bastard Scooter Rally
I would like to thank the Rally Master for taking the time to be interviewed and the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally - KYMCO Company for their cooperation with this project. And for letting me have the honour of sharing their story.

About Jérémie Godfrey


Jérémie Godfrey studied at Champlain College Lennoxville located in Quebec, Canada. Interview With A Mad Bastard was written as part of a class project for a course titled Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies in the Department of Humanities.

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