A scooter from iconic film Quadrophenia took centre stage at last weekend’s Classic Bike Show at the NEC, Birmingham.
The scooter, an LI150 dating back to 1963, was showcased on the Footman James stand and was an instant attraction for motorcycle and scooter lovers.
The bike – which is owned by Dave and Jo Porter from Nottingham – was bought earlier this year. Scooter and memorabilia fans for a long time, Dave and Jo heard about a garage find through the Lambretta Club GB. It was an instant love affair as Dave and Jo already own several well known models including a PX200 and a GS160.
The LI150 was the second manufactured for the film and was the one used in the famous scene where it is involved in a spectacular crash with a post van. Subsequently repaired and now in fine form, the ‘Jimmy’ scooter is valued at around £36,000.
Dave said: “We are mad fans and this is a life-long love affair we share.”
Andy Fairchild, Footman James’ Managing Director said: “We were absolutely delighted to be able to share such an iconic bike on our stand at last weekend’s Classic Bike Show. It certainly drew the crowds and was received with a passion and enthusiasm that only classic bike lovers can show! Our thanks must go to Dave and Jo Porter who certainly helped make our time at the event such a success.”
Against the backdrop of riots in 60s Brighton, Quadrophenia perfectly captures the teenage need to belong, and identify, with their peers. In 1964 London, Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels) divides his time between hanging out with Mod friends and slaving in the post-room of an advertising firm. He doesn’t work because he wants to or through a desire to further a career. All Jimmy wants is to have enough cash in his pocket to keep his scooter running and his bespoke suits trim. There’s nothing that Jimmy likes more than motoring with his pals.