10 up for Mods and Rock­ers

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT - Story Derek Pickard

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.

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