If you love Café Racers, you have to know and you certainly do know the Ace Café, which was celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The Ace Café opened its doors in 1938 to accommodate traffic on the new and now famous London North Circular Road.
Destroyed by World War II air raid, the café was rebuilt and reopen in 1949 on a 24/7 base. It is therefore no surprise than the Ton-up Boys and later in the sixties the Rockers made this place their own to become a legendary place and part of the motorcyclists culture for the following twenty years.
In 1969, the Ace Café closed and part of the building became a tire sale while fitting shop while a vehicle delivery company occupied the other end of the building. Surfing on the success of the Rocker Reunion movement and discussions with the founder and original 59 Club members, the first Ace Cafe Reunion was hold in 1994, which attracted as many as 12,000 revivalists.
Thus the Café was reopened in 1997 and the refurbishment completed by 2001. Today the Ace Café has a broader focus including cars, Harleys, clubs, brand clubs and of course Café Racers. The calendar is quite impressive and every week you have a dedicated event like for instance the Brit V’s Day (Vincent & Velocette).
Philippe Guyony © 2013
More about the Ace Café: http://www.ace-cafe-london.com