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London to Brighton in an afternoon

Listed under Road Trips in Brighton, United Kingdom.

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The mods and rockers used to use this route along the A23 then M23 from sooty old London down to happening beach-side Brighton. It was mods on scooters and mopeds and rockers on motorbikes – all of them with girls on the back, assuming the girls didn't have their own bikes – and all of them off for the weekend to have a good time and maybe a bit of a punch up. What? Haven't you seen 'Quadrophenia'? If not you should see it before you set off - Sting is in it.

This may be a fairly straight forward route though fields along quite bog standard roads – it doesn't have to be there are some pretty B roads – but any journey out of the work-a-day city towards to coast screams out freedom and 'Road Trip!' This is the holiday you can have in an afternoon – and many families do, and have done since the motorcar was invented. For something really impressive time your trip to coincide with a classic car rally – this route is a favourite for classic car enthusiasts as well as mods, rockers, shovel and pail families and boys who like boys.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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My husband was one of those mods, now a still young looking 65 year old, who lives in Sydney Australia. We're coming to the UK Sept/Oct this year, and will definately put this on our agenda. Wonder if they hire mopeds for the trip, or are the roads to dangerous now. (I'm an Aussie)

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No! People still go down on their scooters in the afternoon! If you do go to Brighton, and you're an older mod, you might want to check out Gresham Blake, the tailor - it's a lot of fun.

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