Meet Aylesbury Mod Richard Copeland – his customised Vespa PX scooter can’t get any heavier!

Richard Copeland at the vintage rally (picture Paul Jeffries) PNL-160518-100847001

Richard Copeland at the vintage rally (picture Paul Jeffries) PNL-160518-100847001

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Mod Richard Copeland and his multi-mirrored Vespa scooter was just one of thousands of people who took part in the Chiltern Hills Vintage Rally near Aylesbury on Sunday.

Some 1,000 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, from a 1915 Model T Ford to a 1971 Jaguar E-type, packed the Weedon Park site where they were admired by families enjoying a day out in the sun.

Richard Copeland with his scooter. Picture by Paul Jeffries. PNL-160517-153234001

Richard Copeland with his scooter. Picture by Paul Jeffries. PNL-160517-153234001

Other attractions included a dog show with an award for the owner looking most like their pet, as well as trade stands selling classic car spares and accessories.

Yet it looks like there’s no room for any more accessories on Richard’s 2003 Vespa PX scooter, which sports a multitude of mirrors, badges and even Jaguar and Rolls Royce bonnet mascots.

“I can’t make it any heavier by adding more,” laughs Richard, who reports his bike is slowed by the weight and wind resistance. But his customisation of his 200cc machine means London taxi drivers see him easily and give him a wide berth, he reports.

Aylesbury resident Richard has been a ‘Mod’ (short for modernist) since the 1960s when they were known for their sharp suits, Parka coats and, of course, their chrome laden scooters.

“It’s all about the clothes – dressing up in a suit and a tie, which you can’t do on a motorcycle,” says Richard, who has been dressing up his scooter over 13 years.

The event organised by The Game Club is now in its 22nd year and, with support from local businesses, raises money for charities and local good causes. For more information, visit the Club’s website at www.thechilternhillsrally.org.uk