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Photo:The proud owners of motorbikes - Brighton, 1960s

The proud owners of motorbikes - Brighton, 1960s

From the private collection of Trevor Chepstow.

This page was added on 22/03/2006.
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Hey Guys!  This is supposed to be the 60s. What about the Mods? Anybody? Come on - it was only 44 years ago!  Kind Regards.

By Paul Wheatley (now in Oz) (24/06/2007)

Hi Paul, I was 15 in 1965 and my friend and I used to go down Maderia Drive very often. I loved watching the Mods and Rockers. I was always a rocker, loved bikes. I knew a few guys, every Sunday we would watch them. I can't remember all thier names, one guy lived in Shoreham, Graham Coleman, he was a bit older than me. Happy days.

By Jan Dove (15/02/2008)

Judging by the lads' clothing and hairstyles in the photo I would suggest that they weren't the actual owners of the bikes. Consider the evidence, short neat haircuts, one wearing a Fred Perry polo shirt, trousers/slacks not jeans, smart casual shoes.They definitely look like Mods who probably found the bikes unattended and had their photo taken sitting on them for a laugh. The only two wheeled transport these lads probably rode were Vespas or Lambrettas. I was born in 1953 so was a bit too young at the time to participate, but my older brother was a Rocker who rode a BSA Gold Star 500. Although we lived in Shoreham my brother and his Rocker mates used to spend most of their time in Brighton, Hove and Portslade between 1963/66 when the Mod/Rocker rivalry was at its height. They all wore the same clothes, black leather motorcycle jacket, blue jeans with turn-ups and Tuf 'Big T' boots. To see them all roar off together from outside our house on their bikes was a fantastic sight to an impressionable 11 year old boy. Sadly my brother Peter is no longer with us but this photo brought some lovely memories of him back to me.

By Leigh Sturgeon (12/12/2010)

Hey - I was a bit of a Rod and a bit Mocker in that I dressed like this, followed the music of Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Small Faces and The Who but preferred mbikes to scoots. We weren't all Greabos, you know...(Grease Boys). Nice to see 'ordinary' bikes, one with dropped handlebars. The Yanks would have the world believe they were all 'Cafe Racers' - a term which did not exist in UK, it's an Americanism.

By Chas Roberts (19/12/2013)

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