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Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:50 pm quote
From an article in 2013. If still riding, she's now five years older.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2275581/Britain-s-oldest-mod-69-refuses-scooter-wears-Doc-Martin-boots-khaki-jacket.html
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Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:51 pm quote
Maureen in 1967 on a Vespa PX 125


Funny that, I could've sworn they were introduced in 1983 as a PX. And I must be getting blind as that clearly looks like a Primavera to me.
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:05 am quote
What is an "oldest mod"?
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:16 am quote
Kantuckid wrote:
What is an "oldest mod"?
Mods were a big part of the scooter scene, I was one back in the revival movement of the 80's 90's. The article mentions DM's which TBH aren't really mod more scooterboy/girl but I can let that slip as I suppose you could argue for it . I generally wore desert boots until I went scooterboy then the DM's were my daily kickers.

Getting in to the Mod scene got me in to scooters and so for that I am thankful.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod_(subculture)
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:17 am quote
Good story - thanks for posting it.
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:33 am quote
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No self-respecting mod would have a top box
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:40 am quote
OK, I knew what they were, after all. That woman didn't remind of such people.
Desert boots were popular for many years in the USA, not that I qualified as a "mod", but I liked them. Only gum rubber I own now is used to clean my sanding belts.
I had to google "creche supervisor"!
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:22 pm quote
Why not winklepickers?
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:39 pm quote
Motovista wrote:
Why not winklepickers?
Slippery souls.... terrible for scooters and putting your feet down as they were slippery. The crepe souls of the Clarkes just worked better. I had girlfriends that wore pointier fancier shoes though.

I was never all that hardcore and went to scooterboy after not too long. The ska scene was also was bigger where I hung out. The revival was also a fair bit different in fashion that the original scene, at least in North America.
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:42 pm quote
No exposure to any of this whatsoever. Grew up on military bases, out of the country, and in Texas. No mod scene, no scooters, no nuthin',
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:14 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
. I generally wore desert boots until I went scooterboy then the DM's were my daily kickers.
Desert boots with ripple sole were worn by rebellious youth during my rebellious youth days.

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Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:18 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
Motovista wrote:
Why not winklepickers?
Slippery souls.... terrible for scooters and putting your feet down as they were slippery. The crepe souls of the Clarkes just worked better. I had girlfriends that wore pointier fancier shoes though.

I was never all that hardcore and went to scooterboy after not too long. The ska scene was also was bigger where I hung out. The revival was also a fair bit different in fashion that the original scene, at least in North America.
Yeah, it was the ska thing that rocked our Bay Area high school world c. 80-82, (along with punk). But there were a couple Brits at our school in that scene who were into The Jam. Come to think of it, tho, that, fashion and watching Quadrophenia were pretty much all that marked the Mod "revival".

Gotta say a lot of that music has held up pretty well in my lil brain: The Specials and English Beat put out some timeless, brilliant early albums, and with the advent of remastered albums and decent headphones I've come to appreciate The Jam more than ever. Chalk some of that up to nostalgia, of course, but it was really also intelligent, witty, well conceived music, imho.

And awesome party music -- when I moved to Idaho in '84 I couldn't believe people didn't dance at parties and concerts. Still can't believe it!

Damn we looked good. Spring of '82. (Second dude from the left is the friend who lost his place to the Paradise fire. My gorgeous British girlfriend with her back to the camera -- that accent destroyed me! )

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Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:15 pm quote
Harbinger wrote:
The article mentions DM's which TBH aren't really mod more scooterboy/girl but I can let that slip as I suppose you could argue for
Doc Marteens ? Otherwise know as "bover boots" (bother boots for US speakers) Ex Vietnam war style parakas to keep the weather off.

MODS were London, Chelsea, types but we all bought clothes from Carnaby street

Supposed to be historical but at the time it was just normal!
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:56 am quote
it's complex
The closest thing to come after mods were casuals around the 80s, well at least in London where I grew up. I don't think this sub-culture crossed the pond because of its close connection to football. Mods and casuals shared a similar taste for expensive clothing and looking good.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casual_(subculture)
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:10 am quote
Re: it's complex
johnymoore wrote:
The closest thing to come after mods were casuals around the 80s, well at least in London where I grew up. I don't think this sub-culture crossed the pond because of its close connection to football. Mods and casuals shared a similar taste for expensive clothing and looking good.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casual_(subculture)
Well put. Yes it is pretty complex and the 80's revival was certainly different in many ways. For instance The Jam were very different than what would be considered the original Mod bands. Just like The Specials and Madness were quite different than say The Skatalites. The music and dress were similar but like anything that sees a revive the differences were tangible. I consider myself lucky to have been pretty involved in the scene and got to meet and hang out with a lot of the ska bands from that era. Even then bands like The Bosstones were a fair bit different than the bands from the 2-tone movement. They were all cool guys and had a blast with The Bosstones as they were Lammie guys and when I met them I had a Lambretta patch on my flight jacket which started the conversation.
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