After the rally, as we were disassembling the remaining rally bags, we started adding up the pre-registrants, late registrants, non-registrants and people who were only able to stop by to say hello and maybe do one short activity. We finally came to an unofficial total of 43. When I first started researching rallies, I had several people tell me that 25 is probably the average for a first time rally.
So, how do you measure “success” for your first rally?
Did people have fun? - Check, I heard no complaints and saw no one sulking in a corner. Lots of smiles and laughs. Additionally, there were no crashes or breakdowns.
Community Participation? - Check, We had 18 local businesses sponsor the rally, mostly by providing raffle items. Scoot Over and Vespa of Marana, especially, really came through for us. Big thanks to everyone.
Diverse group of participants? - Check, we had a few vintage scooters and lots of modern ones. Our youngest participant was 16 years old our oldest, somewhere around 70, I would guess. We had about a 60-40 split between the numbers of men vs women. We had scooters from 50cc to 500cc.
Did the word get out? - Check, We had riders from Arizona and 3 other states; New Mexico, Texas and Missouri.
Good rally bags? - Check, my goal was to produce the best rally bag anyone had ever received at a scooter rally. By all accounts, we succeeded. Most of the folks in my club have never been to a rally before, so it was easy to be their best, however, the riders from El Paso and several locals had been to many rallies. They also agreed that this rally had the best rally bags they had yet seen.
Gymkhana? - Check, the entire reason I started planning this rally was for an excuse to be in a gymkhana. I watched numerous videos on YouTube to help design it. I think it turned out well. It was challenging but doable. A lot of people gave it a try and all seemed to have a good time.
Could we have done better? Of course we could. However, it was a good enough experience that we are already planning on doing it again next year. We won't be calling it “May Day,” however. Another club, in Oregon, already puts on a May Day rally and they took offense to us calling our May Day as well. We are likely going to go with a western theme.
If there is a rally in your area, I think you should go. Not only will you have fun, but you are supporting and encouraging scootering in your community. Also, from personal experience, I know that it is a lot of work to host a rally. Find your host and thank them.