Scooter riders and bikers will descended on Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place to mark the launch of a brand new bike meet.
The Mods and Rockers Scooter and Motorbike Meet is taking place on Sunday, August 9, from 10am-4pm and if the interest in the launch is anything to go by, it is set to create quite a buzz in the historic market place. Proud owners of Lambrettas and Vespas will line up their prized scooters alongside Triumphs and Harleys, in a spectacle that will bring the style of the Mods and Rockers era to Tuesday Market Place and celebrate the best of the two (and three)-wheeled motoring world. Exhibitors and spectators will be invited to judge the bikes on show, determining the Best Motorbike, Best Scooter, Best British Bike and Best Custom Bike and the overall favourite will take the accolade of the People’s Choice, and there will be a chance to settle friendly rivalries as people are invited to go head to head on the simulators to see who can clock up the best track times. And, because it’s not just the bikes from this era that are icons, but the clothes and hairstyles are hard to beat, the organisers will also be looking for the Best Dressed Mod and Rocker too. Rock ‘n’ Roll band Mind the Gap and punk-inspired The Yesterdays will be joined by The Extons, creating a real festival feel to the day. Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member at West Norfolk Borough Council, which has organised the event, said: “Following the success of King’s Lynn’s Classic Car Day, which will be returning on Sunday, September 13, we thought it would be nice to create an event exclusively for motorbikes and scooters. We were quite taken aback by the level of interest in the launch, when we were joined by clubs from across the region, and it certainly bodes well for the event itself. “The calendar of free events is all about adding to the vibrancy of the town centre and encouraging visitors, and if the launch event was anything to go by, the Mods and Rockers event is certainly going to do that!” Bikesure’s Grant Varnham said: “We’re delighted to support King’s Lynn’s first Mods and Rockers event, celebrating these legendary ’60s cultures that are still alive and kicking five decades on. “Although these two tribes were separated by the music, clothes and, of course, their choice of transport, they shared a common love for their machines that lasts to this day.” Specialist insurance broker Bikesure caters for bikes and scooters of every description, including heavily modified machines on an agreed value basis. It’s a free event, although during the day there will be a voluntary collection for SERV emergency blood bikes. Only pre-booked exhibitors can be accommodated at the show and to book you should visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/bikeshow. The Mods and Rockers Scooter and Motorbike Meet is just one of the free public events being organised by the council this year and to find out more visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/events.