|Stockholm Mod, Acke at The Mods v Rockers Rally - Photo by Steve Worrall|
Then, in what could have been a scene out of Quadrophenia, another couple of scooters whizzed past followed by even more classic motorcycles. As I walked on, I noticed that one end of Nytorget square was lined by about twenty to thirty scooters and on the other side of the road about the same amount of vintage motorbikes. I walked around checking out the bikes and scooters and thankfully noticed that the Mods and Rockers were all mingling amiably, apparently I had stumbled across the Mods vs Rockers Rally.
Despite the pouring rain, I managed to speak to 37 year old Stockholm Mod, Acke. He told me this was an annual event organised by the Rockers' Ton Up Club and the Stockholm Mods Scooter Club, along with the local Vespa and Lambretta Clubs. The rally is held every year on the first Saturday in September, and has been running since around 2008 in it's current format. There was a great selection of scooters on display, some pretty standard with no decoration at all, whilst others were kitted out in full classic Mod regalia.
The participants meet up and face off on St. Eriksbron Bridge, which links the island of Kungsholmen with the main city. Then they all set off on a rally to the Southern island of Södermalm via Vinterviken, where there is a Mods vs. Rockers tug of war! Both sides then head off to meet up at Nytorget to park up and show off their rigs. There are T-Shirts and merchandise for sale and the side with the most bikes on display wins a trophy. The day is rounded off with a party featuring live bands and DJ's.
|All photos above copyright Steve Worrall|
|The Moving Sounds|
The band members are: Peter Rosen on bass, Staffan Flodmark on guitar, Parsley on the organ, Per Wollbrand on drums and Jonas Lindholm on vocals and percussion.
"The Moving Sounds" album itself is a really great multi-layered record, featuring some excellent and immediately memorable songs. The band switch easily between a mellow and lush pastoral Zombies style, to more thumping organ led rockers. There is even a hint of whimsical psychedelia on "Colours and Lines" which is spoken word reading of a Gustav Ivarsson poem underscored by a haunting soundtrack. So, a thoroughly recommended album and another great release from the copaseDisques label. With many thanks to Alex and Acke.