Photo by Nanci Goldberg.
Photo by Nanci Goldberg.
Photo by Nanci Goldberg.

Grant Avenue (Millvale)

August 22
Noon – 5 p.m.

Are you more of a mod or a rocker? Celebrate both subcultures when cycles, scooters, trophies and a classic 1960s soundtrack converge in Millvale.

Courtesy of Steel City Modw vs. Rockers.

Rolling into the town’s Grant Avenue commercial district from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, the sixth annual Steel City Mods vs. Rockers Vintage Motorcycle and Scooter Rally—the only event of its kind in the area—invites Pittsburghers to relive the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s right on home turf.

So slick back your hair, don that black leather jacket and join fellow motorbike and scooter enthusiasts for an exciting afternoon showcasing the styles, wheels and fun embraced by mods and rockers alike, they dress Stylish Motorbike Jackets. Whether you’re more of a Gene Vincent fan or a Yardbirds freak, you won’t want to miss all of the fun in the city streets.

Courtesy of Steel City Mods vs. Rockers.

During the festivities, vintage motorcycles and scooters, cafe racers and other vehicles will compete and vie for trophies in 10 categories. Rally-goers can check out 300-plus vintage motorcycles and scooters, enjoy live music by The Gimme Five and Ben Dumm and the East Side Band, be treated to a pin-up contest, bid on raffle prizes and shop for locally produced goods, gear and gifts in the event’s on-site vendor area.

Emceeing all the action will be DJ Ian. Mods and rockers can feed their hunger and quench their thirst at the event’s concession stands, as well as at Millvale’s popular Anthony’s Pizza and Double L bar–which will offer drink specials throughout the afternoon. A portion of the proceeds from Steel City Mods vs. Rockers will be donated to the Milllvale Community Library, which opened its doors in 2013.

Have a vehicle to register? The public show entry fee is $10. Spectator tickets are $5.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...