Scenes from England's scooter festival

The world’s biggest gathering of vintage and modern scooters descended on Ryde, England on Aug. 24. The Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally is an annual event that attracts around 6000 riders each year.

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: A scooter rider makes his way along a country lane during the the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally on August 24, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960's Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of 'The Who's Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: A scooter gets some mechanical repairs during the the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally on the Esplanade on August 24, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960's Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of 'The Who's Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Scooter riders makes their way along a country lane during the the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally on August 24, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960's Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of 'The Who's Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: A scooter rider makes his way along a country lane during the the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally on August 24, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960's Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of 'The Who's Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Phoebe Stevens, Claire Stevens and Darren Stevens look out to sea during the the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally on August 24, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960's Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of 'The Who's Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: A scooter with a Rolling Stones design is displayed during the the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally on the Esplanade on August 24, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960's Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of 'The Who's Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Riders participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the scooter festival to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A recently married couple wave to the crowd as they participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the scooter festival to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Riders participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the scooter festival to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Riders participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the scooter festival to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Riders participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Riders participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the scooter festival to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Riders participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Riders participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Riders participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the scooter festival to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Riders participate in the 'Ride Out', which brings the scooter festival to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Harry Watson, 6, and sister Madelaine Watson, 9, from Derbyshire sit on Scooters ahead of the 'Ride Out', which brings the Isle of Wight Scooter Festival to a close on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Leroy Ball from Walsall sits on his 1972 GP 200 during the annual Isle of Wight Scooter Festival on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Ian Aviet of the Old School Scooter club in Cardif stands besides his 1962 LI 150 during the annual Isle of Wight Scooter Festival on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Martyn King of the Warwickshire Scooter allience stands besides his Vespa PX 200 during the annual Isle of Wight Scooter Festival on August 25, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960s Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of The Whos Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: A scooter is driven along the sea front during the the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally on August 24, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960's Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of 'The Who's Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: A scooter with a Paul Weller design on sits on the harbour during the the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally on the Esplanade on August 24, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960's Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of 'The Who's Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: A visitor eats lunch on the harbour wall during the the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally on the Esplanade on August 24, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960's Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of 'The Who's Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The World's Largest Gathering Of Vintage And Modern Scooters On The Isle Of Wight

RYDE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: A scooter rider shows his tattoo during the the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally on the Esplanade on August 24, 2013 in Ryde, England. The annual event, which is organized by the British Scooter Rally Association and The VFM Scooter Collective, attracts around 6000 riders each year and has been running since 1980. The scooter in 1960's Britain was a fashion statement and the often heavily customized bikes, usually an Italian Vespa or Lambretta, became synonymous with the Mod scene. They provided an inexpensive mode of transport and escapism to an upwardly mobile youth at a time when public transportation stopped early. The Vespa was depicted on the cover of 'The Who's Quadrophenia album in 1973. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)