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August bank holiday always comes with a very difficult decision that needs to be made by discerning scooterists all around this fair land of ours. thoughts turn to the south coast and a toss up usually ensues as to whether to stay tethered to the mainland and hit the busy hustle and bustle of the Mod capitol, Brighton or to jump on ferries in favour of the more islandic retreat of the Isle of White. Both destinations steeped in scootering history and both over the years seeing a record turnout in numbers. Which to the scooter loving fraternity can only mean one thing. The love for two-wheeled Italian masterpieces is growing at a phenomenal rate and is here to stay. Fantastic news for lovers of the scenes whether it be the scootering way of life or the Modernistic scootering view.


For us, our annual jollies mean we join the mainlanders and head to the seaside city of Brighton, the undisputed Mod capitol of the world! Previously, some five years ago we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of 60’s Mod culture, that was back in 2014, fast forward five years and Brighton once again celebrated a HUGE anniversary of a different era. From 1979 – 2019. The 40th Anniversary of the cult film Quadrophenia! Now whether you are a fan of the film or not you can’t argue with the impact it had on youth culture 40 years ago and the meaning that it still holds for so many people today. As a testament to this promoters used the weekend to celebrate the occasion and raise money for various charities by holding Quadrophenia events over the city including Carol Harrison’s Friday night offering The Grand Mod Experience, and what an experience it was…The Empress Suite at the Grand Hotel!, with red carpet laid up the steps leading to the magnificent ballroom. Scooters parked across the full frontal of the hotel and with 600 plus in attendance, it was a magnificent turnout. There was a Q&A with Alan Ford and the Quadrophenia cast followed by The All or Nothing cast singing songs from the hit show. PP Arnold made everyone’s night by singing with her own band and the legendary Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band with Motown classics ‘Angel of the Morning’ and ‘It Takes Two’, certainly a night to remember. Andy Hill and Sean Chapman then took to the decks and finished the night off to a rammed dancefloor, fantastic work from Carol and the team who were raising money for local charity Martlets hospice.

If you couldn’t make it on Friday night there were other events to celebrate the anniversary including the Goldhawks end of Quadrophenia live tour followed by Phil Daniel’s (Jimmy) and Trevor Laird’s (Ferdy) ‘You’ve killed me scooter’ club night at Concorde 2 on the Saturday night or Gary Shail’s (Spider) Quad40 all-day event held on Brighton pier on Sunday raising money for Teenage Cancer trust, all these events sold out quickly and reports back tell of fantastic times had by all with fantastic sums raised for the chosen charities....PART 2

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