Are Concours d’Elegance competitions too prim and proper for you? Is your local car club full of anoraks and a little light on the fun factor? Fear not. We have tasted the future and it looks a lot like the inaugural RideClub Rally.
Organised by the guys and gals at Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, we have just about recovered from a weekend of unusual automotive revelry.
Whether you’re into your cars, bikes, bicycles or even skateboards, RideClub (formed by the iced coffee kings around six months ago) brings together a band of enthusiasts who just want to get out on the open road and explore.
The first ever RideClub Rally saw this eclectic band of wheeled enthusiasts trek their way across Flat-Out’s own backyard for a motorised party/festival mash-up.
Arriving at Jimmy’s HQ on Saturday morning (bacon rolls and ice cold caffeine helping to overcome the bleary eyes) the Rally began with a laidback cars-and-coffee-style gathering that saw Mercedes C63 AMGs rubbing shoulders with vintage steel-framed bicycles, Morgan Aero three-wheelers and Jimmy’s own Ford F100 pick-up.
After ogling the distinctly diverse metal on display, engines were fired up for part two of the adventure: a quick schlep across Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast (via one of our favourite stretches of southern tarmac).
“A custom Yamaha Dragstar-based bobber stood out, as did an absolutely slammed Riley Kestrel”
Stickered up, Flat-Out decided to tackle the route on our trusty Honda CX500 café racer and in a brand new Toyota GT86 (more of that in the coming days), rolling in convoy towards our destination somewhere deep inside the Purbeck hills.
Overlooking one of Dorset’s most picturesque nature reserves, the RideClub Rally retreat was soon packed with a full contingent of car and bike nuts, giving us a chance to wander round under the south coast sun and soak up the automotive highlights.
Among the myriad Volkswagen camper vans (both old and new), a custom Yamaha Dragstar-based bobber stood out, as did an absolutely slammed Riley Kestrel (nope, we didn’t think we’d be writing that either).
In the build-up to the Rally, Jimmy promised that we could “expect to hear great music, take in the sights of the amazing Jurassic Coast, enjoy awesome food and drink and take part in some pretty stupid activities.” On all fronts, he proved a man of his word.
On the latter, while our car keys were tucked firmly away in our overnight luggage, we were kept royally entertained by the sadistically funny downhill kart run.
A seemingly straightforward run down a grassy hillside aboard a simple wood-framed go-kart has never brought so much mirth as round after round of RideClub reveller face-planted the (thankfully soft) ground.
Into the evening, the Rally took on a real festival feel as the iced coffee was switched out for a plentiful selection of local craft beers, leading to a particularly raucous game of “Famous First Words” among the increasingly well-lubricated crowd.
In all, chins were well and truly kept up by the good food, good times and good vibes. We’ve just one question. When’s the next one?
If you want to be a part of the next RideClub Rally, make sure you sign up to Jimmy’s RideClub now.