A proustian moment this morning, though not through taste but the sight of a lovely 60s VW Beetle in great condition. It was the chrome wheel trims. These were regularly pinched by my fellow scooter mods with a Vespa, as the hub cap perfectly fitted the spare wheel at the back. I had a Lambretta. I’m ashamed to admit we thought nothing of carefully unscrewing any chrome car badge to proudly display on the front of our scooters. If I had ever caught my own children pinching anything I’d have been apoplectic. I’m also guilty of hypocrisy when I complain to my wife about noisy motor bikes whining past our house at night. We used to drill the baffles in the scooter’s silencer to create a deep throaty noise, which must have been just as irritating to people of my current age. Any other elderly mods out there?