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the afsc do the Dutch lions
|by simon Cuerden|
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My Scootering year starts as soon as I receive my year planner from scootering magazine; I highlight all the nationals then try to cherry pick from the zillions of events looking for quality and novelty. This year there where three foreign events that caught my eye but after the usual elimination process I decided on The Dutch Lions run in Rotterdam. Quick phone call to Bagzy n Bish and we soon had a cabin booked with return journey all for £85 per head.
The weekend was just one week away from our annual thrash at Whitby but we soon had the “roll of honour” gathering momentum and a three pronged attack from Dover, Hull and Harwich.
Whilst I was busy making my plans Dia was making secret plans of his own! Dia, Brookie, Spenny and Mr Marsh “My GOD!” where secretly planning to surprise us at Hull!
With only a few days to go, Dia’s secret was blown so we decided to marry our efforts and meet up at Dias brother’s house just short of The Humber Bridge and ride in together.
Carol, Bish and I rode the short but scenic distance to Lincolnshire on a red hot sunny day and met the rest of the faces.
Dia had planned the route to give us some sheer excitement as we travelled through the flat lands of Holland. He led us valiantly through every red light on the road and ensured that we stopped at all of the green lights, my excitement was the colour of brown with sweet corn clusters!
With pin point accuracy befitting an Artillery officer we all met up at the pre determined RV. By now we had at least forty scooters and we set off for the last short leg of our journey to Heerjansdam just out side Rotterdam Holland.
Already Lou and Andy had secured the harbour and the routine in defence was up and running with all The AFSC normal drills consisting of a cold beer being thrust into your hand as Lou, who by now is a tent erection Ninja, assisted with my erection…… oooh er missus shut that door!
Friday afternoon and the sun climbed into its zenith to scorch us like a big red scorching thing! Shorts on, T-Shirts and flip flops on and towards the bar for the first of many cheap ice cold Dutch beers.
As we basked in the sun or should I say baked in the sun, I thought it would be a jolly jape to cool every one down with some cups of water. Soaking Uggy then Bish we soon had an all out water fight that was both welcomed and needed. But like all things good I escalated it up a notch and up armoured the cups to buckets.
Wils had some, Andy n Lou, Janette then I spied Sarah, a very nice attractive Dutch Scooterist who I thought looked a little too dry and hot. Whoosh and she got a bucket straight up her back, she squealed then turned around laughing, I was onto a winner and had become the god of water, and every one wants some!
Filling my bucket with ice cold water I saw Anouk. Whoosh she was soaked! She went crazy!! I have never been attacked by a six stone girl before bent on ripping my testicles off, well the one remaining testicle after that fateful combine harvester accident in 2004.
It was like gay WWF and my attack lasted about seven seconds. I apologised immediately to Anouk who soon calmed down and we kissed and made up, aint kissin and makin up great mate!
The price to get into the run was 20 Euros and this included two nights of entertainment, camping, a free BBQ, snacks on the table, wine on the table at meal times, free breakfast Saturday, free breakfast Sunday, run patch and goody bag, ride out with free bar! Fun games, European Championships football live on big screen, and a music quiz!
What a fantastic set up and what value for money. I am now going to be brutally honest and tell the bad bits…. I was extremely disappointed at the no show by the French, Germans and even the Dutch and the Belgiques. Why had they not come? The whole run was populated by 99% of British Scooterists and this is a very poor show considering the financial lay out for the ferry crossings and time taken off work by the Brits in order to get over for the Friday and stay until the Sunday.
Our club presences was awesome with the colours of courage flying every where you looked but we did suffer some what with one of our club members doing a couple of embarrassing stunts but we have had words and this will not happen again.
OK, bad bits over, needed saying, but now back to the good bits and believe me there where enough good bits to blow the bad completely out of the water.
The Dutch are the most horizontal of people whose tolerance and warm welcome are famous; the whole scooter run atmosphere was that of carnival with silly hats and horns it was great to see the Hull Scooterists, the Colchester DVLC, the Patriots SC, and all of the Brit Scooterists who partied.
Surprising us and “dad” was our Daniel who came all the way from Paderborn. Riding up from deepest darkest Germany was our Johnny who quite rightly walked away with the trophy for furthest travelled. Steve Evans, Rob da Rudie and Dave the Face Simons all made a fantastic effort from Germany and it was brilliant to see old friends once again.
John and Craig kept me entertained all weekend and Craig had made his maiden voyage for his monster lambretta 250 shame it played up, the bike is faster than a fast thing
Soon it was Friday night and Janette and I lead the AFSC Formation Dance Team in our Buffalo stylee hip hop house rap shuffle, you’ll all be doing it next year! The music was brilliant with some well wicked Ska and reggae dubs being laid by a very young Dutch DJ complete with base ball cap and pony tail, brilliant music and I think you should be given a later slot, well done young man!
The Northernsoul and Boss sound where sensibly delivered and the dance floor was a fun place to be.
Saturday morning and we tucked into our breakfast, again I salute the Dutch Lions for going that extra yard with a professional hot plate and a relaxed but efficient manner, we all can learn from this me thinks. We decided after to take a short walk into the village to stock up on essentials. Carol, Bish, Willlllllllllllllllllls and I found our selves in the pleasant square amongst the even more pleasant Dutch locals. Wils needed to exchange some sterling into euros so he walked into what he thought was a bank, the lady said in Dutch “This is an estate agent!” he should have gone to spec savers!
By eleven hundred hours all of the scoots where revving up and assembling for the "Wacky Races" tribute. Dick Dastardly, Muttley, Professor Pat Pending and Penelope Pitstop may not have been there but the driving skills where!
Our ride out was set at a sedate pace and followed a picturesque route around a local beauty spot we rode off taking in the sites of the odd windmill and the famous Dutch horses.
Every thing was going swimmingly until we reached a very long tunnel, I think this was actually a “time tunnel” because as soon as we entered it we all became 17 year old boy racers and went mental chicken fookin oriental!
I heard that there where a couple of near misses, I didn’t see them as I was in the prone position racing the tricky Lambrettas! The GTS two up had no problems what so ever keeping up with the tuning loonies.
Soon we where all calmed down again and made it to our half way pit stop to enjoy a beer or soft drink courtesy of Steve who is an ex pat living in Holland, thank you for the very generous and kind gesture.
The ride back was the reverse loop and as soon as the road widened we had a break away group of Whacky Racers and again it was heads down no nonsense mindless boogie bang your head on the wall racing!
We had the luck of the gods on our side this day as a near miss ensued evolving me and knobby who decided to stop and change directions as we missed the tunnel turn. Lord knows how I missed his scooter and the skid mark was only marginally longer than the one in my shorts! Carol was giggling and said it was brilliannnnntttttttttttttttttt! I thought it was going to be like a crash scene from Mad Max!
Returning back, alive and unscathed we decided to go swimming. Lou videoed some of our antics, take a look but be patient for them to load, it’s worth the wait I promise and ester Williams has nothing on us!
After a super swim and yet another side splitter it was back to change into our best drinking trousers for the BBQ. The Dutch Lions again out did themselves providing an all you can eat BBQ complete with vegetarian options and wine and olives on every table!
Saturday evening and we as a club decided to stroll into the village for a beer and get a group photo. Mr Marsh was pleased with me and Spenny and decided not to throw us into the village pond! “You rock Mr Marsh!”
Back at the camp site we danced the fandango under a Dutch moon; there was music in the air and lots of lovin every where! Yet another superb night.
All too soon it was Sunday morning and our little group of expeditionary’s had to break away to catch different ferries at different times, always the saddest part but we had Whitby to look forward to and every one was riding high on the moment.
We have now sewn the seeds for our 2009 adventures with a deffo revisit to the Dutch Lions but we have also discussed a plan to fly over to a warmer clime in celebration of all things scootering so watch this space.
For those who came to Holland thank you for the good show and the effort. For those reading this who are considering it for next year then you are most welcome, we don’t do cliquey in the AFSC, all are invited and welcome. As always I shall publish the dates for next year as soon as they are released so plans can be made.
I thank The Dutch Lions and I thank all of the clubs and solo riders who allowed us to party with them in a relaxed and tolerant atmosphere, we very much appreciate this, see you all on the runs.
Yours Simon Cuerden President the AFSC.
the afsc do the Dutch lions in
"The Roll of Honour"
|2||Carol Cuerden||Ferry booked - hull Rotterdam|
|3||Bish||Ferry booked - hull Rotterdam|
|4||Bagzy||Ferry booked - hull Rotterdam|
|5||Dave Rapson||Ferry booked - going to Rotterdam from Harwich|
|6||Uggy||Ferry booked - going to Rotterdam from Harwich|
|7||Jeanette||Ferry booked - going to Rotterdam from Harwich|
|8||Rob Mc||riding from the Land of LOA en route to Whitby|
|9||Steve Evans||riding from the Land of LOA en route to Whitby|
|11||Craig||Ferry booked - hull Rotterdam|
|12||Kathleen||Ferry booked - hull Rotterdam|
|13||John Wymark||riding from the Land of LOA|
|14||Craig||Ferry booked - hull Rotterdam|
|15||Viv||Ferry booked - hull Rotterdam|
|16||Jimmy Foaely||Ferry booked - hull Rotterdam|
|18||Fozzy & Sarah||Ferry booked - going to Rotterdam from Harwich|
|20||Womble & Val||Ferry booked - going to Rotterdam from Harwich|
|21||Andy||Ramsgate to Rotterdam|
|22||Lou||Ramsgate to Rotterdam|