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Mod fashion and style / Ferrari - The Race To Immortality
« on: July 19, 2020, 10:51:30 PM »
Interesting documentary doing the rounds on cable over here from a couple of years ago.

When I was a kid I used to like to watch the F-1 races with my Dad. This was the era of Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart, on up to James Hunt and Nicky Lauda. Sorta lost interest after that but there’s something about the vintage era that I love. The film ‘Grand Prix’ with Jim Rockford is the best racing film ever IMO and I love the cars from back then which were basically a high powered sausage with wheels!

The documentary is from the late fifties. Quite morbid as it catalogues a litany of drivers who died behind the wheel. Some lovely clothes on display too. Nice blazers and ties in the crowd, the drivers off duty in polo shirts and monkey jackets, and their racing gear white overalls and string back gloves. Mike Hawthorne with his signature spotted bow tie beneath his overalls. No logos anywhere, neither on cars nor on racing suits.

I saw Ford v Ferrari which is also a decent flick but different era.

Mod fashion and style / Anyone watching ‘Pennyworth’?
« on: August 05, 2019, 11:19:17 AM »
It’s an origin story of Barman’s butler set in an alternative reality London underworld of the sixties. The main character played by Jack Bannon has the most horrific widow’s peak hairline (hope he’s saving his money for some plugs!) but is usually seen sporting some nice threads.

We’re only up to episode two and I’ve already seen him do the roll neck under a suit twice. This was a look pushed hard in the fashion pages last winter usually with a heavy tweedish suit and thick jumper but Alfred does it with sharkskin suits and thin gauge jumpers. Didn’t notice the footwear but that look is crying out for Chelsea boots. Had me trawling the internet for a nice slim fitting turtleneck although occasions to sport that look here wouldn’t be scant for me.

Mod fashion and style / 2018 into 2019
« on: January 04, 2019, 02:57:57 AM »
Haway then lads, what did you buy in 2018 and what are your goals for 2019?

I’ll have to think a minute then get back with mine. Meanwhile have at it!

Mod fashion and style / Mod at the Movies
« on: November 09, 2017, 01:45:52 PM »
Following on from the tangential discussion on the ‘I’d Wear That’ thread, here’s where you can throw in your suggestions for great looking style from films or TV.

Sorry if we’ve had this thread before but it might be time for a revival anyway.

Obvious ones are early Connery Bond films, Cary Grant in North By Northwest etc,

Also Hoffman in ‘The Graduate’, Jude Law in ‘Mr. Ripley’ (and Damon too if you go for that baggy Ivy look).

There’s got to be many less obvious ones - post ‘em up!

Scoots and scootering / Lambretta Vendetta
« on: June 11, 2017, 12:52:03 AM »
I saw the countdown was pushed back to June, then on the website the countdown went to zero then started counting up again!

Eventually pictures were posted but scant other information. Can't tell if the panels are metal or plastic. Looks much better than the LNs that came out a few years ago. Front forks look very weedy and they've missed a trick by repurposing the 'Special' leg shield badge but not doing SX style panels which the new Scomadi TTs have. May be a case of too little too late. Also my beef with all these 'new classic' scoots is that the entire purpose of side panels is to cover up the engine, yet they all are cut so short that the engine casing is fully exposed beneath.

Any opinions from the scooter riding MC readers? I keep getting told to get a Vespa PX. Lambrettas are very thin on the ground here in America and I'm not a peteolhead so really can't be arsed with fifty year old two stroke carburetor kick start technology so would love one of the modern classics to work out.

Banter / Is This Forum Accepting New Members Yet? If No, Will It Ever?
« on: March 21, 2017, 08:09:20 PM »
Seems like traffic is very slow on the boards these days with many regular posters fading away and only a few die yards contributing with any frequency.

This is the best board I've found for discussions on clothing and other Mod-related issues and I would really miss it if it folds. I know a lad who has been trying to join for months to no avail. New and enthusiastic members would surely be a boost to traffic and stimulate discussions from a new perspective etc.

If Dave the owner is too busy or has lost his enthusiasm to keep things going, I certainly don't possess the techie know-how to run a board, but would hope that somebody more skilled than me would be able to step in as I'd hate to see this go down the tubes.

What say the remaining did-yards?

Mod fashion and style / Questions about the forum and Gaz-swad
« on: December 20, 2016, 03:37:11 PM »
Sorry if this is not the best place to ask but ...

In the summer I was contacted by member Gaz-swad. He was putting together a Mod fanzine. I sent him a long post via PM and he said he would send me a hard copy and a PDF. I've never heard anything more and his account says last active in June 2016.

So my questions are ...

Does anybody know this fella?
Is he OK?
Anyone know of his fanzine and if it ever got finalized?

And does anyone know if there's a way to revive SENT messages sent via PM? I didn't save my message to him and there was a load of stuff in there I'd like to post on my blog but all I can see is received messages (i.e. Inbox) not sent message or outbox.

Any help much appreciated - ta!

Scoots and scootering / Scomadi versus new Lambretta
« on: October 10, 2016, 01:50:18 PM »
I've been keeping an eye on Scomadi and their painfully slow roll out, wondering if they'll ever be on sale here in America. Then I noticed that Lambretta are gearing up for a new release. Details are scant but there's an intriguing silhouette of their new model on their website, appearing to tread similar ground to Scomadi in putting new technology into a classically styled package.
Unfortunately the release was supposed to be in November but I see its now been put back to June 2017 for the Lambretta jamboree at some race track near Venice. Hope or hype? My patience with all this is running out so if something doesn't hit these shores within the next year I may be forced to cut and run with a LML style Vespa, but I can't help but wish either or both of these companies would get their act together and get a scooter on the market that we can admire for style and love for reliability and modern tech. I live in hope!

Mod fashion and style / Is This Board Closed To New Members?
« on: September 12, 2016, 10:28:48 AM »
I've asked this on the general board and PMed admin to no avail. I know a lad who is trying to join and had tried every which way to get his application approved. There's no evidence that it's even been viewed.
Does anyone have a direct line to either the moderators or the board owner to get this sorted? Is this board currently a 'closed shop'?

As much as I like the general banter here, it's all gonna get pretty stale if there will never be any new members.

Mod fashion and style / Outfit options / combinations question ...
« on: November 17, 2015, 12:46:38 PM »
Putting together an outfit you have to keep context in mind. Note that 1) I live in a warm climate all year round, and 2) I work from home some days so only need to be suited and booted two to three days a week. My opportunities to experiment are therefore much more limited than someone who might need to be dressed five days a week and need seasonal options etc.

So I've noticed that despite owning about 20 suits and about 40 sports jackets (this includes a lot of informal stuff, not just business wear), I tend to put together 'tried and tested' combinations of jacket or suit / shirt / tie / shoes. Despite the broad range of possibilities that the above will allow, I find that I tend to self limit my options. So in my recent pic of the blue-gray mohair suit, I almost always put it together with the same shirt, tie, PS, socks and shoes. I've also worked to get strides to match / complement each one of my odd jackets, thus nullifying the potential for experimentation with different combinations.

So I was wondering what's the consensus from the MC brethren. Is this normal or a bit weird? Are you the kind to want an infinite range of possibilities when you put together an outfit, or are you like me in that you nail down a combination that works for you and stick with it?

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