Cafe racers on show at Brackley

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The world famous Ace Cafe in London has teamed up with the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling to launch a new cafe racer competition at this years festival on August 13.

Any bike in the cafe racer style is eligible to enter so whether you have a genuine A10, Tiger 110 or the classic T120 Triton, or even something a little more modern, you could be in with a shout. Register your bike to enter here (all bikes must be road legal).


Ace Cafe, home of the cafe racer

Back in the 1950s and ’60s, the North Circular Road in West London was home to a new and exciting type of motorcycle. A street-based motorcycle that took the best bikes of the day and mixed and matched chassis, engines and brakes, reducing weight and improving ground-clearance. This helped the bikes to go faster and handle better. The idea was conceived by guys who wanted fun and excitement on the streets and roads where they used to hang out.

In West London they hung out at the Ace Cafe, home to the Ton Up Boys and the Rockers. Today, the Ace remains the home of the cafe racer.

The Brackley Festival of Motorcycling is the largest town centre based motorcycle event in the UK with over 20,000 people attending in 2016. Highlights include large displays of classics, customs and off-road machines, stunt shows, retail areas, food stalls and a unique closed road parade of historic race bikes. Tickets cost just £7.50 and kids under 16 get in free.

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Ped Baker

By Ped Baker

Former MCN Managing Editor (Digital & Events)