History being redone by Gus, will be released in parts so please keep checking back, remember to ask Gus how he is getting on with it when you see him.
PART ONE : “THE BEGINNING”
Looking back at the Scooter Scene in Scotland in recent times, unlike our English counterparts we did have a gap in the seventies where nothing happened or very little of note. Its wasn’t till the Mod Revival in the late seventies with the help of the cult film Quadrophenia that things started to happen again here in Scotland.
Not going to dig deep in this article, but it’s probably safe to say our major cities and outlying towns, the Central belt, North East, South West Coast had a good few Mods, and by the early Eighties things were beginning to happen. Concentrating more locally (West Lothian), the mod image was highly popular but scooters were far and few. Whitburn had a good few along with surrounding towns Harthill, Fauldhouse , Livingston and East Calder with the odd one or two scattered elsewhere. Most jumped on the “Mod Bandwagon” but no sooner had it arrived, the short lived Mod scene was on its way out. Mod scooterists that had done a bit of travelling and travelled to the Northern English bank holidays were soon ditching the “Mod” image, and quick to disappear was the scooter accessories, lights, mirrors, and a new look had took hold practically overnight.
Now dressing like their Northern English neighbours, the divide was now in place and the Scooterboy/ Scooterist image was taking over. By now Scooter Clubs were forming all over Scotland, one in particular, the Airdrie Scooterists who had previous links with the early Whitburn Mods decided to start a club, and even though they had been running around together for some time the club officially formed in the late summer of 1981. This Club was made up with many of the infamous Section-B “Hooligans” from the town’s football team, indeed early days before CVS was officially named many of that particular group sported a “B” on the backs of their helmets. Being an Airdrieonians supporter and hanging about with the said group for a few years before, it seemed a natural thing to do like many others and buy a scooter. Joining the CVS I had a great couple of years, but with the forty mile round trip every Monday night it was hard going, putting up with constant attacks. If it wasn’t bikers it was locals from the villages you passed through every Monday evening. Membership to the CVS from West Lothian towns rose during the summer months which made travelling in a larger group that wee bit more safer. By the start of the 1983 season this healthy club were travelling everywhere, at that time a couple of us (Kenny Polland) were still travelling through on Monday nights, various roads were used to avoid certain towns but it was still a nightmare and certainly not enjoyable, chains and hammers always on the runner boards anticipating the next biker to come along and chance his luck.
After a most memorable Rally season with the CVS winning club of the year, Kenny and I decided to part company with the club and attempt to start one in West Lothian. It was a hard decision to make, but one we took. It was made clear at the time that if things failed we would be made more than welcome to rejoin, and even suggested we start up a branch of the CVS by the name of “Forth Valley SC . With the final rally taking place at Skegness beginning of October, we wasted very little time in starting the new club, by the end of October (31st to be exact), a club was formed and a name voted in the following week, resulting in five of the seven founder members coming up with the name Coyotes Scooter Club, the club was born.
TO BE CONTINUED.