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  1. Ace Cafe London to run the Ally Pally Motorcycle Show - 26th-28th February 2010

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    Following the announcement of the 2010 Ally Pally show dates early in the year and noting the regrettable loss of the custom show planned for 2009, Ace Cafe London conducted extensive consultation and research within the industry and which included with AMD for their expert advice.

    The outcome of this is that Ace Cafe London is able to announce an agreement with Andrew Greenwood, the organiser of The Ally Pally Motorcycle Show, to the effect that the show now becomes part of the stable of Ace Cafe London's major events.

    Not only valuing the significance of the affiliation with AMD and the Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building, with the winning builder going to the AMD Official World Finals held in Sturgis,USA, in August 2010, Ace Cafe London also recognises the importance and suitability of the February date; not conflicting with other events either in the UK or overseas and being at the outset of the 2010 season.

    Mark Wilsmore of Ace Cafe London said, "The prestigious heritage of Alexandra Palace, a venue that has hosted so many successful motorcycle shows, combined with that of Ace Cafe London brings together two iconic London landmarks with the best that motorcycling has to offer. This can only further strengthen the event."

    The West Hall of Ally Pally will become the centre of attention for custom bike enthusiasts and will feature builders from the UK and overseas. With the keen support of AMD and being part of the Official World Championship of Custom Bike Building, including Zodiac International sponsoring the Freestyle Class, visitors can be assured of a spectacular array machines.

    Harley-Davidson UK has confirmed that it is to back the London Ace Cafe custom show with sponorship of the prestigious Modified Harley-Davidson class at 'Ally Pally'. Harley has agreed to put up a contingency prize of £5,000 of Official Harley-Davidson parts, accessories and merchandise credit, £3,000 of which goes to the class winner.

    UK Parts, Accessories and General Merchandise Brand Manager Allan Brownridge told AMD that "It is good to see that the UK is to get the kind of custom events that the market has needed; being a part of the World Championship Affiliate event programme we here at Harley are pleased to be able to add our name and backing to the event. Shows like this can only be good for the mission that everybody shares of spreading the custom message to the widest possible audience."

    The Great Hall of Ally Pally will be the focal point for motorcyclings "bedrock" exhibitors and, as in 2009, will feature the great brands and their products. In addition there will be live stage action and entertainment as well as a return of the ever popular stunt show, which will be held in the North West Hall, whilst Ally Pally's Panmorama Room will be hosting the smaller trade stands.

    From Sports, Race, Cruiser and Classics to Streetfighters and Custom Superbikes, together with clubs, all are welcome to be a part of putting the Ally Pally Bike Show back on the map.

    Russell Mitchell has agreed to act as Honorary Custom Show Grand Marshal at the forthcoming AMD affiliated Ace Cafe London Motorcycle and Custom Show .
    For ten years now, native Brit Russell Mitchell has operated Exile Cycles in Los Angeles, California, manufacturing custom parts, accessories and signature -styled custom bikes. Producing around twenty complete custom bikes each year, his designs have garnered acclaim and hundreds of magazine features around the globe for their clean, tough, industrial styling. A Discovery Channel " Biker Build Off", " World Bike Build Off" and Official World Championship competitor, Russell now hosts his own show on the U.S. Speed Channel network. Within the motorcycle industry, Russell enjoys a considerable design and engineering reputation that goes far deeper than the full-body tattoos and blonde hair that have made him so publicly recognisable.

    Also appearing at the show are Jenny Tinmouth, courtesy of Sorrymate.com , the UKs fastest female TT racer in 2009 and who has just taken her first Super Sport Cup podium place with a Honda CBR1000RR 'blade and Steve "Mr Showman" Colley with his trials based motorcycle stunt team. Steve will be performing amazing stunts and tricks, including with the world famous "Mono Bike", which has no front wheel or front brake! As well as wheelies, stoppies, jumps over people and drop offs, Steve has a display stand where show visitors can come and view the bikes and chat with Steve.

    Zodiac, sponsor of the AMD affiliated "Free Style" Class of the Custom Bike Build Championship, will be debuting their new 1000+hp supercharged Top Fuel Harley drag bike, together with their show truck and stand.

    Custom Show categories:

    Freestyle - One-off, ground up customs, Any design or modification accepted.

    Modified Harley-Davidson - Frame and motor must be original equipment Harley-Davidson. Any modification to an original H-D frame and motor is accepted. Engine cases must be H-D, but modified or changed heads or cylinders are acceptable.

    Old Style - Entry must be based on, or have the appearance of, a motorcycle manufactured prior to (circa) 1970.

    Scooter - Entry must feature step-through architecture and either a platform for the operators feet or footrests integral with the bodywork.

    Metric (including Streetfighter) - Entry must be based on a production motorcycle (frame and motor) manufactured in Europe or Asia.

    Brit Bike - Entry must be based on a British manufactured production motorcycle frame and motor.


    The chosen charity for the Ally Pally 2010 show is the London Air Ambulance who will be in attendance raising funds for their publicly funded service and explaining what they do.

     

    For ten years now, native Brit Russell Mitchell has operated Exile Cycles in Los Angeles, California, manufacturing custom parts, accessories and signature -styled custom bikes. Producing around twenty complete custom bikes each year, his designs have garnered acclaim and hundreds of magazine features around the globe for their clean, tough, industrial styling. A Discovery Channel " Biker Build Off", " World Bike Build Off" and Official World Championship competitor, Russell now hosts his own show on the U.S. Speed Channel network. Within the motorcycle industry, Russell enjoys a considerable design and engineering reputation that goes far deeper than the full-body tattoos and blonde hair that have made him so publicly recognisable.

    Also appearing at the show are Jenny Tinmouth, courtesy of Sorrymate.com , the UKs fastest female TT racer in 2009 and who has just taken her first Super Sport Cup podium place with a Honda CBR1000RR 'blade and Steve "Mr Showman" Colley with his trials based motorcycle stunt team. Steve will be performing amazing stunts and tricks, including with the world famous "Mono Bike", which has no front wheel or front brake! As well as wheelies, stoppies, jumps over people and drop offs, Steve has a display stand where show visitors can come and view the bikes and chat with Steve.

    Zodiac, sponsor of the AMD affiliated "Free Style" Class of the Custom Bike Build Championship, will be debuting their new 1000+hp supercharged Top Fuel Harley drag bike, together with their show truck and stand.

    Custom Show categories:

    Freestyle - One-off, ground up customs, Any design or modification accepted.

    Modified Harley-Davidson - Frame and motor must be original equipment Harley-Davidson. Any modification to an original H-D frame and motor is accepted. Engine cases must be H-D, but modified or changed heads or cylinders are acceptable.

    Old Style - Entry must be based on, or have the appearance of, a motorcycle manufactured prior to (circa) 1970.

    Scooter - Entry must feature step-through architecture and either a platform for the operators feet or footrests integral with the bodywork.

    Metric (including Streetfighter) - Entry must be based on a production motorcycle (frame and motor) manufactured in Europe or Asia.

    Brit Bike - Entry must be based on a British manufactured production motorcycle frame and motor.

    More information about the custom competition can be found at:
    www.acecustomshow.com
    The chosen charity for the Ally Pally 2010 show is the London Air Ambulance who will be in attendance raising funds for their publicly funded service and explaining what they do.

    Advance Ticket Hotline: 08452 305177

    www.ace-cafe-london.com

    www.alexandrapalace.com

    www.amdchampionship.com

    www.classicshows.org

  2. The Wild One... Leather jacket

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    Teaming up to produce a range of Limited Edition clothing, the Anglo-American partnership of Ace Cafe London and Schott NYC includes the seminal Schott Perfecto leather jacket, famously worn by Marlon Brando's "Johnny" in the 1953 film "The Wild One".  The increased visibility of the Perfecto jacket in this ground-breaking film and its subsequent popularity at the time, initially resulted in a decrease in sales!  Like the film, which was banned in the UK for fourteen years by the British Board of Film Censors, these jackets were also banned by many schools in the USA because they were considered to symbolise a burgeoning, and what was regarded as an increasingly dangerous teenage demographic.

    In 1955, the Perfecto was catapulted to the height of its popularity when a love of speed ended the life of teen idol James Dean.  It was said at the time that he was hardly ever seen in any other jacket, and that they seemed to be made for each other.

    Ace Cafe London's Mark Wilsmore, who has owned one of these jackets for years said, "Being a motorcyclist and enthusiastic collector of iconography relating to motorcycles, a Schott jacket was a must.  We are very excited to be working with a company with such heritage".

    In 1928, Irving Schott crafted his first motorcycle jacket for Beck distributors in Long Island, New York.  Durable and rugged, it was immediately embraced by the new generation of "bikers" as a symbol of the excitement, adventure and danger that fuelled their fascination with motorcycles. It retailed for $5.50!  Soon after, Irving introduced a line of jackets under the Perfecto brand, named after his favourite cigar.  Since the early fifties, only the top of the line Schott motorcycle jackets carry the Perfecto label. Quality, innovation and individuality were the ideals of Irving Schott, and four generations on, the tradition continues from the core one hundred year old factory in Staten Island, New York.

    Made from deluxe heavy steerhide, the Perfecto is 24" long and features a belted front, bi-swing back, underarm ventilation, zippered pockets and sleeves and an insulated nylon quilted lining. The standard classic Schott Perfecto at £480 and the special Limited Edition Ace/Schott Custom Perfecto (the only Schott jacket with a half-zippered lining making it easier to sew on patches without damaging the leather) jacket at £550; which comes with a set of Ace Cafe London badges, are both available from the Ace Cafe London web shop.

    Julian Ritchie of Schott said, "We at Schott are very pleased to be working jointly on exclusive products with Ace Cafe London, the first of which is the Perfecto Custom - a collaboration between two great names in motorcycling history.  Both companies have their roots in a culture in which the Perfecto jacket has become an icon in its own right and Schott are proud to be part of the Ace Cafe and its culture."

    Check them out on the webshop's Featured Brands Section

  3. ACE HARLEY NIGHTS

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    Continuing with Ace Cafe London's successful Harley Nights "Bike of the Night" competition, with this year's grand final to choose "Bike of the Year" taking place on Thursday 29th October, we are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with www.farorun.com who have generously offered a prize of free entry to attend the July 2010 Faro Festival in Portugal.

    Starting from Thursday 24th September 2009, and running through to Thursday 24th June 2010, each "Bike of the Night" winner will win a ticket for entry to the festival and will be invited back to attend the grand final in June to compete for the grand prize of a full camping package.

    www.ace-cafe-london.com