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17th December 2010


Mods & Rockers Re-Unite - Again
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Derek Pickard attended this annual get-together, which recreates the scenes and sounds of London in the 1960s at Melbourne's Brighton Beach...

Over 300 bikes attended the 2010 Melbourne's 59 Club Mods and Rockers event which started at Brighton Beach. Period scooters and motorcycles got together for a ride around the outer suburbs of Melbourne which finished with a lunch and rock band outside a 1960s-style custom gallery.

Palm trees! Sunshine! Brighton in December this ain't... Just some of the many machines which attended, including period presented scooters and big motorcycles

This annual event is now firmly on the enthusiast's calendar with the Melbourne Crusaders Scooter Club represented by a large line-up of 1960s scooters with their riders in 1960s green jackets and their female passengers in period fashion.

Notice all the Rockers are using their kickstart leg muscles... The only battle on the beach was a tug-of-war between the Mods & Rockers. The Rockers won all contests…

But before the off, came this year's special event: a tug-of-war between the strongest of the two groups. All three pulls were won by the Rockers before it was suggested there should be a women's team and that again was lost by the Mods. Rockers Rule, 2010.

Dinky winkers... Geoff Baldwin and his café converted 2000 Kawasaki W650

While the most popular modern bike was the current and late model Triumph Bonnevilles, all manners of mainly British bikes were seen from the 1950 thru to the 1980s.

Vespas were by far the best of the 60s scooters... "Can you see the real me, can you?"

The 59 Club goes from strength to strength. It organises interesting events around the Melbourne area which build on its weekly Sunday morning rides through the nearby mountains. The 59 Club Australia Inc is an official branch of the famous 59 Club of London. The club caters for riders of classic motorcycles, cafe racers or motorcycles built in the spirit of a cafe racer, but all are welcome.

But were BSAs the best 60s twins?... "Movin' on the queens' highway, Lookin' like a streak of lightnin'"

The club was founded on the idea that classic bikes were built to be ridden and not polished.

It draws on the heritage, history and rocker culture of England in the 1960s; the music and the motorcycles. The club's ethos is; 'we want to keep it about cool bikes, hanging out with your mates and having a good time.

We like to see old bikes on the road. If you like club politics and drama then you have to look elsewhere!' All profits from their major events go to charity.

Lambrettas on Right Now......

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For more info on the 59 Club of Australia, see www.the59club.org.au

The UK 59 Club can be found at: www.the59club.org.uk


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