Mods Vs. Rockers Exhibit

March 19 – October 15, 2016
At the AACA Museum

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Hershey, PA (March 2, 2016) The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum is excited to announce our next two-wheeled exhibit “Mods Vs. Rockers”. Mods and Rockers were two conflicting British youth subcultures of the 1960s. This face-off continues as we examine the overall culture and choice of vehicles of these two groups during the “Mods & Rockers” era in the UK.
The Rocker subculture was centered on motorcycling, and their appearance reflected that. They generally wore protective clothing such as black leather jackets and motorcycle boots (although they sometimes wore “brothel creeper” shoes). The common Rocker hairstyle was a pompadour, while their music genre of choice was 1950s rock and roll, played by artists like Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, and Bo Diddley.
The Mod subculture was centered on fashion and music, and many mods rode scooters. Mods wore suits and other clean-cut outfits, and preferred 1960s music genres such as soul, rhythm and blues, ska beat music and British blues-rooted bands like The Who, The Yardbirds, and The Small Faces.
The exhibit will feature approximately two dozen vehicles about half period motorcycles and half period scooters, along with material culture, photographs, and interpretive posters. We’re excited to have three guest curators working together on this exhibit: Janet Mulligan Bowen, Rob Kain and Dave Russell. They have put together an interesting collection of vehicles and memorabilia to bring this time period to life.
Confirmed Motorcycles:
1950 Matchless Super Clubman
1953 Triumph Speed Twin
1953 Vincent Black Shadow Series C
1957 BSA Gold Star
1965 Triumph TR6
1962 Ariel Leader
1962 Matchless G80 500cc
1963 BSA A10 (GS trim)
1963 BSA Clubman Gold Star
1966 Triton
1966 Velocette Endurance
1968 TriNelli
1969 BSA Lightening

Confirmed Scooters:
1956 Lambretta LD 150
1959 Lambretta TV175
1961 Lambretta Li150
1961 Vespa GS 150
1963 Lambretta LI125
1965 Lambretta TV175
1966 Vespa 150 Super
1967 Lambretta SX200
1978 Vespa Rally 200


Guests can also enjoy several other featured exhibits: “It’s A Small World: Mirco & Mini Cars” through April 22nd; ”Pioneers in African American Automotive History” through April 30th along with “Pinstriping & Automotive Art by HotRodJen” through May 31st. Upcoming summer exhibits include “Early Off-Roaders” celebrating 50 years of the Ford Bronco and 75 years of Jeep through October 15th along with a “Steampunk U” art exhibit through November 6th.
About the AACA Museum
The AACA Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit