Last weekend marked the sixth annual 2012 Rockers vs Mods Rally in Dallas. It just keeps getting larger every year and this year was no exception.
A rare Vespa Grand Sport 160 (Mark I) with period-correct accoutrements.
Rockers vs Mods is a scooter and motorcycle rally that pays homage to Britain’s Rocker and Mod youth subculture and the now legendary skirmishes at seaside resorts such as Brighton. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, go watch The Who’s 1979 film Quadrophenia immediately (or at least the trailer). Then you’ll be up to speed on what’s going on with the glamed out motorscooters, dandy suits, cafe bikes, and leather. This is not your grandad’s or your accountant’s Harley rally.
Here are some of the pictures I took over the three day event.
Friday evening started at the historic Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff were hundreds of scooters and motorcycles faced off.
Are you a mod?
Carlos Cardoza with his custom suit and custom Mod Vespa. If you know Carlos, you're aware of how camera shy he is. I couldn't believe I was able to get this shot.
Are you a Rocker?
Peter Gould and his Ducati.
The Saturday morning ride had the Rockers and Mods split up for lunch. Vespa Dallas threw a great party for the Mods while the Rockers went to RPM Cycle. Afterwards we rode downtown and across the newly-opened Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
My Son, Barron (2.5), learned the differences between a Lambretta SX200, Silver Special, and GP150.
Mark Roberts, our fearless leader and event organizer on his Vespa Rat Bike.
Scooters as far as you could see on Greenville Avenue.
Notice the newly inked tattoo.
Saturday afternoon’s event had great bands and cold beer to help keep cool. It was the last day of March and the Texas sun was brutal. There were some amazing bikes you don’t see everyday.
An Ariel Leader.
I won’t incriminate anyone with photos from the late night party. I don’t think I was the only one who didn’t make the Bomb the Bridges run Sunday morning either, but I heard it was a blast. Early afternoon meet-up was at The Dubliner on Lower Greenville, the Get Bent Scooter Club’s usual Sunday afternoon hangout. Sunday events at most rallies are dead, but the place was packed and going strong.
Mod vs Rocker.
Close up of the Honda Z50 Mini Trail.
The famous Rocio Ildemaro and renowned master scooter restorer, Vic Fletchall. Rocio's Vespa 150 Super is lovingly nicknamed, "Mustard Asshole."
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