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Ace Cafe News - Italian Bike Day Meet Phil Read!‏

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Sunday 4th May 9am - 5pm

Winner of 8 World Championships between 1964 & 1977, and affectionately known as the Prince of Speed, Phil Read MBE, will be at the cafe on Sunday 4th May, occasion of the cafe's annual Italian Bike Day, launching and singing copies of his autobiography "Rebel Read, The Prince of Speed".

Published by Redline Books, it tells the story of Britain's most successful living motorcycle road racer, who started out on a bike bought by his doting mother in 1956, and entered big-time racing with an Isle of Man TT victory in 1961. Three years later, in 1964 (this year being the 50th anniversary) Phil took his first World title - also the first for the manufacturer that he was riding for, Yamaha.

Four more Yamaha mounted titles followed, and in 1973 and again in 1974 two more titles with the Italian MV Augusta Team. His eighth World Championship, on a 810cc Honda, was the Formula 1 TT race of 1977 - on very wet roads!

Meet Phil and read his frankly told story of life in the grand prix circus, the glamour, the danger, the money, the politics etc.

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