I love my classic American car but I'm really fed up with the whole  "scene".

Whenever I go to a car meeting there's lots of great cars but the owners almost to a man and women

dress so badly it's putting me off taking my car to meetings and shows.

I have a 60's car as I love everything connected with the decade, music, clothes, culture etc.

Most others who own super 60's cars seem to have no interest in anything but the technical details of the engine and I find that I've really got nothing much else in common with them. I just can't understand how someone can have pride in their car but not in the way they look.

I'd love to be part of a "scene" where I can meet up with like minded people who share my interests.

I have thought of selling the car and buying a classic Lambretta or Vespa (I still have a full m/c licence) but would feel scared of riding on two wheels in today's traffic.

I imagine that others on this website will share my feelings.

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  • Yeah, they are Gaydon Melmex. They came as standard with the camper conversion that I have, and fit in a special cupboard on the door.

  • Ahh thanks. After owning it for 14 years I could never sell it. But I want a scooter as well.

  • buy yourself a nice scooter and go to a few weekenders

    • Sorry Hubert the two dudes on the video are much better dressed and more sophisticated than the types I usually find parked next to me.

  • As usual good points JB.

    Like you it's not just the Mod thing that interests me but the early/mid 60's in general.

    Like you do I love 50's design and like much of the music. Whilst it does seem there is a thriving 40s and 50s scene there isn't a 60's scene per se.

    The Mod scene isn't just 60's and seems to be as much about the various revivals as the original scene.

    I probably stopped being a Mod when I got my first car, which was in 1967 when Mod had run its natural course.

     I expect the truth is that Mods only had scooters because they couldn't afford to run cars, and like me when we could afford cars we ditched our Lambrettas and Vespas and  started tarting up our Minis and Anglias.

    I would have loved to have had a Mustang in the 60's but it would have been the type of car that only the rich could have afforded to import. Coming out of the Radio Centre Cinema after seeing Bullitt I hopped into my "Ford"(Anglia not Mustang) and pretended to chase the assassins through the streets of East Grinstead.From then on I wanted a Mustang.

    I think Hubert was correct in saying that the Mustang was the type of Pony Car which was favoured by Ivy League baby boomers.

    These days I wear Ivy League clothes on a daily basis and have become a bit of a clothes obsessive especially for genuine 60's Ivy league garments (6 sport coats, 3 formal jackets 1 suit plus shirts and ties)

    A shrink would probably diagnose I'm living out a fantasy but it keeps me happy and busy along with lots of other interests and activities.

    If there isn't a 60's scene perhaps I should start one.Devon's a bit too far for a get together with you JB! Any Mods, lovers of the 60's in East Sussex who want to get together to discuss 60s clothes, music, culture, lifestyle please get in touch.

  • Hi JB you do have a point about scooter/car clubs being about the vehicles not attire, smartness etc.Hence my wondering whether to continue to go to car shows and meetings as I have very little in common with the others apart from my car.

    However I think cars, scooters need to be seen in their social and historical context.

    For example if you do up your scooter with mirrors spotlights etc as the Mods did in the 60's why stop there and not go in for the clothing and music? My car a '66 Ford Mustang was an icon and symbolic of an era. To drive it  with a backward facing baseball cap listening to rap music would indicate that I was missing the whole point of the car.

    People do have the right to dress as they see fit, equally I have the right to say that I think they look scruffy.

     How we dress does count to most people, if someone went to a solicitor for advice and he/she was in cargo shorts, trainers baseball cap and tee shirt I expect that an awful lot of people would judge their competence on their appearance.

    This is the Mod Generation site and surely the whole point of Mod was "Dressin' fine, makin' time".

    I'm 63 and a recent hernia operation makes me wince at the thought of kick starting even a 150cc Lambretta.So I guess I'll stick with the Mustang, plough my own furrow and hopefully link up with like minded people along the way.

  • great car, the elf, and hornet are the only almost mini i would have.. very cool dude too

  • seeing as its turning into a show your car thread, here's my old singer chamois ( hillman imp ).. that i sold last year.


    Was a great car and to me was a 60's icon , i was guilty of not dressing up when going to shows- as i was usually covered in oil after several issues on the way !


    • The imp variants were a bundle of problems for the 1st year of production, mainly engine reliability, after that they were a solid well built car.

      Then in the later years of production ( early 1970's ) the build quality was poor again and they died a death, rootes became chrysler, talbot etc.


      A great fun car to drive and was sad to sell it at the time

    • The Imp/Stiletto/Chamois were much better looking cars than the Mini. The Stiletto was especially smart with a sloping back pillar. My uncle had one and drove down from Durham to see us in Sussex in 1966. I remember he had to change the head gasket as it had blown and I'm told that this was the car's weak point as it had an aluminium head which would warp when it overheated.

      I think it has a slight similarity to the Chevrolet Corvair which was also a rear engined car that has an unjustifiably bad reputation.

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