10 up for Mods and Rockers
The 59 Club’s tenth anniversary of their popular Mods & Rockers annual run in November was a huge success with over 100 riders turning out in the Melbourne spring sunshine.
They gathered at Brighton Baths on the Beach Road before heading south to Antique Motorcycles in Cheltenham. The line-up included over 80 bikes and 20 scooters. While Harleys were the most popular modern brand, new Triumphs were well represented alongside the range of classics. Sadly, only the one Triton café racer was spotted – presumably the result of ageing backs and low ace bars forcing riders to leave such bikes in the garage.
An interesting aspect of the scooter force is the way the newly available Asian repros of famous old brands like Lambretta are now accepted among such real classics. Interestingly, those reborn oldies retain clutch lever operated gear shifting. Arriving at Antique Motorcycles, the huge group was made welcome with a massive effort from that popular dealer and others within the industry. The impressive site was converted for various displays, food, drink, space to chat and a great band.
Antique’s Johnny Gee said: “This is a great opportunity for us to get together with the 59 Club and put on something very special when everyone enjoys themselves. It’s a real success and the proceeds to go to worthwhile charities.”
Perfect weather brought the classics to Brighton. Antique Motorcycles impressive site in the Melbourne’s south east suburbs was well laid out with attractions – all organised by the 59 Club. Melbourne’s Beach Road has many good cafes with the Brighton Baths among the most popular.