Get-together celebrates special anniversary

02:49, May 19 2014
Simon Merry
PARKED UP: The Mods and Rockers motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts meet outside Lambretta’s on Saturday

Scooter enthusiasts were all revved up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mods and Rockers rivalry.

Classic bikes and scooters collectors were invited to display their prized possessions at Lambretta's and the Sprig & Fern on Hardy St on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the movie Quadrophenia.

Collector Lance Tighe, who has 24 classic scooters to his name, came down to Lambretta's to join the celebrations.

He brought along his cherished 1974 150 Vespa, which he revamped himself. He bought it for $360 and following his tinkering, believed it was now probably worth at least $4000.

He loved the craft of finding something and making it better, he said.

He got into collecting because of the camaraderie between scooter enthusiasts.


"It is a real community thing to own a scooter, it is a very club orientated and very social thing to do and have. You tend to meet people with very similar interests because it is so niche."

He was first inspired when he saw Mark Brown's collection, which was widely known throughout New Zealand, he said.

Mark Brown, who was also in attendance had about 20 scooters, some of which were the rarest in the world, he said.

His blue 1956 scooter was worth about $10,000, he said.

Lambretta's owner Rhys Odey said the turnout was great and it was nice to see a group of people coming together to celebrate what they loved.

Quadrophenia was set in 1965 London, loosely based on the rock opera by The Who.

The Nelson Mail