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Category: Ace Cafe

  1. All-American Cruise-In and Halloween Shock n’ Roll Record Hop

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    Come and join Ace Cafe London celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Oldsmobile Rocket 88.  The car launched in 1949 was soon the car to beat. Together with the success of Ike Turners 1951 recording (by Sam Phillips) in Memphis of his song Rocket 88, this is considered by many to not only be the first muscle car, but also the first rock and roll record!

    It changed everything….

    The hurricane of sounds that swept across the Atlantic in the 1950’s caused a flowering of enthusiasm for rhythmic music both in its American form as well as its British offshoot. The Ace Cafe was there – bikes, cars, and rock ’n roll.
    This month’s regular All-American Cruise-In features DJ Jimmy Guntrip’s free to attend Halloween “Shock n’ Roll” Rhythm n’ Cruise Rockin’ Record Hop, from 7pm – 11pm on Saturday 26th October . Halloween prizes will be up for grabs at the Ace along with copies of Vintage Rock and UK Rock n’ Roll magazines.  A  pair of tickets for the Classic Motor Show & the Classic Motorbike Show, held at NEC Birmingham 8th to 10th November are also to be won , and  ( thanks to the publisher Mortons, ) a subscription to Classic American magazine!

    Prizes will be awarded for children and adults wearing the best costumes, and for the best “dressed” cars.
    Spend £5 or more over the counter from 6pm and receive a raffle ticket.
    Draw to be held at 10pm

    Listen, revel and be immersed in a mix of the best rock and roll and rockabilly, blended with the London sub-culture sounds, broadcasting 24/7 on online radio and social media.

     4pm – 11pm
    Saturday 26th October

  2. The 59 Club – 60th Anniversary Collection

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    Celebrate the historic 60th Anniversary of the 59 Club with the official 59 Club CD album release from Veetone Records, featuring 30 rock n roll classics and rarities, all originally issued on UK labels in the 1950’s and early 60’s.
    When the Reverend Bill Shergold rode his motorbike across London in 1962 to the iconic Ace Cafe, he had one goal in mind, to try and entice some likeminded motorcyclists to join his youth club based in Hackney.  Little did he realise that he was laying the foundations for what was to become the largest and most famous motorcycle club in the world!
    The 30 track CD album features 30 original recordings by artists including Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Duffy Power, Jack Scott, Frankie Ford, Johnny Carroll, Dion, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley, Carl Perkins, Tommy Sands, Billy Fury, Vince Taylor plus many more.
    This is the soundtrack of the Ton Up era, the subsequent Rocker culture, and of the establishing of the club that welcomed motorcyclists, the now legendary, 59 Club!
    Available from Friday 6th September 2019, as part of the annual Ace Cafe Reunion, at the cafe and on-line (+ P&P)
    Soon to feature on  Ace Cafe Radio 

  3. Ace Cafe Reunion & 59 Club 60th Anniversary

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    In addition to Ace Cafe London celebrating its annual Ace Cafe Reunion at the legendary cafe on London’s North Circular Road on the 6th & 7th September and with the ride-out to Madeira Drive in Brighton on 8th September, this year the cafe is privileged to also be a part of the 59 Club’s 60th Anniversary!
     Having been founded in 1959, to celebrate the 59 Club’s 60th Anniversary the annual “Cafe Racer Ride Out” departs the Ace at 10.30am on Saturday 7th September as a “Bypass Burn-Up” to attend a special one hour Celebratory Service and Blessing of the Bikes that, starting at noon , is led by 59 Club Chairman and motorcyclist Father Sergiy’s Diduk, at his Church, All Saints, Hanworth.
    All Saints Church Hanworth was originally built and consecrated by the late Reverend William Shergold in 1957, prior to his then moving on to the Church of St Mary, Eton Mission at Hackney Wick, London and the 59 Club.
    As a keen motorcyclist Father Bill, or Farv, as he was affectionately known, visited the Ace Cafe in 1962 to invite motorcyclists to attend a service and blessing of bikes at The Eton Mission, Hackney Wick  This was a great success and was widely reported on at the time.  From this the 59 Motorcycle Club, a registered church charity and motorcycle club was born, and its now revered reputation established.
    All are invited to attend this very special service and blessing of bikes, which will be held at 12noon on Saturday 7th September.
    Departing the Ace 10.30am Saturday 7th September, the route being:
     A406 , A40, A312 “Hayes By-Pass” to
    All Saints Church
    Uxbridge Road
    TW13 5EE
    Overflow parking and facilities, to include WC’s, is at the Hanworth Air Park Leisure Centre opposite the Church.
    After the Service and Blessing the “Cafe Racer Ride Out” then returns to the Ace for 2.30pm and the “Best Ridden Cafe Racer” competition judging, awards and rock n’ roll!
    See you at the Ace!
    Rev up and Ride, with the Rockers! 

  4. Vintage, Classic & Speedway Special

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    Sunday 11th August
    9am – 5pm
    “Speedway at the Ace” on Sunday 11th August, (courtesy of the “Speedway Museum” and the World Speedway Riders Association ) celebrates the 90th anniversary of the inauguration in 1929, in Great Britain, of the championship competition that was the forerunner of the World Championship.

    With special guests Mike Broadbank, WSRA President who rode for Wembley in the 1950s, and Bert Harkins, who was captain of the “Lions” in the 1970s, together with an array of special speedway machines from through the eras, race jackets from all the London Speedway teams, a “Gating Machine”, and a special Wimbledon display, can all be seen at The Ace alongside the cafe’s annual vintage and classic motorcycle day.
    Raffle prizes up for grabs on the day include a copy of the hard to find 120 page book “Keep Turning Left” by Roy Lambert which, with its great collection of speedway facts, is a brilliant read and is a must for all speedway fans, as well as a pair of tickets to attend the Brighton National Speed Trials, and a carton of Ace Cafe London tea!

    Spend £5 or more over the counter at the Ace from 9.30am and receive a raffle ticket, draw at 3pm.
    Speed thrills and tea spills! 

  5. Scooter Sunday 31st March at the Ace - Do you have photographs of your youth?

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    YOUTH CLUB, Museum of Youth Culture are looking to tell the story of UK youth culture from the '50s Teds to the present day, and need your photographs, ephemera and stories to help build the most accurate picture of what it was and what it is like to be young in Britain.

    Whether you have one photograph or a whole archive, bring them along to the Scooter Day at the Ace Cafe on Sunday March 31st, from 12pm-5pm. They will scan your photographs while you wait and you will walk away with a high-res digital copy and become a historic part of the Museum of Youth Culture.
    YOUTH CLUB is a Heritage Funded non-profit organisation working to preserve, share and celebrate youth and subculture history, working towards opening the Museum of Youth Culture.
    Youth Club Archive

    Scooter Sunday 31st March at the Ace