Scoot The Thames 2013
One of Waterloo’s best-known characters is planning a 60s invasion into Lower Marsh.
Bob Morris is on a mission to bring a taste of mod culture to London’s scooter capital.
The part-social entrepreneur, part-motor mechanic and part-music promoter is plotting the next Scoot the Thames from his unofficial lair in Café Del Marsh.
Scoot The Thames is a ride-out of scooter enthusiasts which takes in several London bridges before ending with a party on Lower Marsh.
The next event – Scoot The Thames 4 – will take place on Saturday, April 27th, and hundreds of two-wheel motor fanatics from across the country are expected to take part.
Lower Marsh establishments Café del Marsh, Scooter Caffé, What the Butler Wore and Radio Days are geared up for the event, and talks have begun with Lower Marsh Market about sourcing vintage stalls for the day.
Bob, 49, said: “Scoot The Thames is always brilliant. Everyone comes out when we come back to Lower Marsh. All the traders pop their heads out and everyone takes loads of photos.
“The first time we did it I thought there would be 25-30 of us but I think I counted 163 bikes at one point.
“This year we are going to take over Scooter Caffé and have some DJs and hopefully there will be some market stalls.”
Bob has been obsessed with mod culture since he was at school, and bought his first scooter two weeks after his 17th birthday.
He now owns a TV 175 series 2 Lambretta from 1960 and a Triumph Tigress as well as a garage full of rust and spare parts.
He said: “I love doing scooters up but I hate selling them.
“And I love the mod scene – it’s definitely coming back with Bradley Wiggins and bands like The Strypes and The Spitfires.
“The mod revival will probably last another 12 months, before it falls out of fashion again.”
Bob chooses Lower Marsh as the end point for Scoot The Thames because of his long-term affinity for the street, which he describes as “old London – everyone looks out for each other.”
If you’re a mod, like mods, like scooters, like the 60s or love Lower Marsh pop along on the day to help support what we hope will become a regular event.
If you want to take part in the ride-out email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re interested in taking on a market stall on the day email email@example.com.