Every American subculture has one thing in common: an iconic form of transportation. Beatniks hitchhiked across the country a la Jack Kerouac, hippies packed into Volks-wagen buses, and more recently, hipsters have pedaled through neighborhoods on fixed-gears.
During the 1960s, the two clashing British youth subcultures--the mods and rockers--differed in not only their style and music tastes but how they got around. The mods, in their snugly tailored suits, traveled by Vespa scooters, while the knife-wielding rockers packed their gear onto motorcycles. Both cultures will see a revival this weekend at the third annual Retro Rocket Rally and Mods vs. Rockers Weekend.
The two-wheeled partying starts Friday, July 30, at Union Motorcycle Classics in Nampa at 8 p.m. with a bonfire and campout. On Saturday, vintage bike aficionados will meet up at the Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa at 10 a.m., where different routes for all levels of riders will be determined. They will make their way to Donnie Mac's for the Mods vs. Rockers celebration at 5 p.m., which features a competitive bike show, food and drink from Donnie Mac's in Boise and a raffle from local stores. Period clothing is encouraged, so expect to see plenty of leather jackets, greased-back hair, Italian suits and leather pointed-toe shoes. Just leave your switchblades at home.
Friday, July 30, 8 p.m., Union Motorcycle Classics, southwest corner of Ustick and Can-Ada roads, Nampa, 208-466-4474, unionmotorcycle.com. Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m., Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 Second St. S., Nampa, 208-467-5533, retrorocketrally.com.