Visit by The Legendary Ace Cafe London

A couple of weeks ago I was once again in London. Things work. But this time had proposed me that a pending visit eternal does not escape me: the Ace Cafe London. The Ace Cafe is the Temple of engine bars. A mythical meeting place that has much history accumulated. It is a symbol for the British motorcycle.

On other trips already had raised me this visit, but what happens is that it is not so easy to do it without own car. The Ace Cafe is not in a central location of the city, the sinus on the outskirts of London, next to one of the many urban highways on the outskirts of the city. To arrive I had to make a good subway ride and then ask the lonely streets of a neighborhood between knots of highway. But it was worth the walk.

The Ace Cafe opened its doors in 1938 as a road for truckers bar at the foot of the North Circular Road, something like an old M-30 London, which has already been absorbed by the city. Soon, the place was discovered by riders of the time as a meeting point. During the second world war was seriously damaged by bombing, but It was rebuilt and re-opened its doors in 1949. The Esplanade in front of the bar was a usual place to tinker bikes and pass the hours. In addition to listening to the incipient Rock ‘n’ Roll in the juke-box of the bar, which was something that didn’t sound on the radio.

The the golden age for British motorcycling were the 50’s and 60’s. In those moments, brands such as Triumph, Norton and BSA were the reference. In those years the Ace Cafe was pure excitement of motera life. And it was at that time when the 59 Club, another biker icons in London, was founded in the same bar and curiously founded by a parish priest. But after those crazy years, the Ace Cafe sadly closed its doors at the end of the Decade in 1969.

After more than twenty years closed, It was resurrected again in 1993: the legend could not die. In 1994, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the closing, was held a great feast that became an annual event. It has not stopped growing this meeting which takes place after summer and concentrated thousands of participants. But one of the most relevant things from the Ace Cafe is the daily schedule of events related to the world of the engine (cars and motorcycles). One day meet the v-Max, the next day the Bonneville, another the kawasakis, the Ford or the Austin. By consulting the website you can see the impressive programming.

And the day that I I was there played a “meeting of Ford’s pre-1980”. You freak out!. The call was at 1800 hours, an aberration in Spain but you have to think in English timetables. Concerned by the famous English punctuality I was worried why I did not get until 19: 30 hours. There was very little atmosphere inside, just half a dozen bikes in the parking lot… and four Ford prior to 1980, including a couple of those precious Escort rally.

On the indoor stage had lovely Triumph that made me a few pictures. Then the must-visit to buy some stickers and patches. Browse history hung on the walls. And finally, a burger and a few good pints. As he passed out, there was a constant traffic of people going in and out with beers. But the conversation was interesting and did not pay too much attention to what was happening.

Past ten in the evening I think I look to the parking: to abound in pre-1980 Ford vehicles (with a good representation of classic vehicles), many of them with open and animated bosses talk about. Many people with beer in hand and numerous vehicles on the outside of the premises, all with a freezing cold. I thought that he had arrived late and had come too soon!.

An atmosphere to be a Tuesday. But the strangest thing was that the sidewalk (a street parallel to the urban motorway) also was full of people speaking with beers. In the Street went full speed cars and motorbikes with engine howling and estripando gears While they dodged trucks and buses. Incredible. I had to pinch myself several times to remember that it was in England. One thought that these things were not in those parts. I’ll stick with the atmosphere around the world of the motor that is alive every night: I wish I had a similar site in Barcelona, always with the engine environment and activities and different meetings every night.

In short, a unique site that is worth visiting. I hope not to take too much in return and that can be mounted on a motorcycle coinciding with the annual meeting. Is it in 2010?

Gallery

Ace Café North America 2011 Reunion Tour Set

Ace Café North America 2011 Reunion Tour Set

Source: www.motorcycleclassics.com

148 best Ace Cafe images on Pinterest

148 best Ace Cafe images on Pinterest

Source: www.pinterest.com

Bell Helmets Unveils New 80th Anniversary Ace Café …

Bell Helmets Unveils New 80th Anniversary Ace Café ...

Source: movetenms.com

Magnus Walker @ Ace Cafe March 2015

Magnus Walker @ Ace Cafe March 2015

Source: www.porscheclubgb.com

My nephew, he’s got more guts than his uncle.

My nephew, he's got more guts than his uncle.

Source: allegretti.us

The people who supported the development of the UK blues …

The people who supported the development of the UK blues ...

Source: www.cyrildavies.com

Ace Café North America 2011 Reunion Tour Set

Ace Café North America 2011 Reunion Tour Set

Source: www.motorcycleclassics.com

148 best Ace Cafe images on Pinterest

148 best Ace Cafe images on Pinterest

Source: www.pinterest.com

Bell Helmets Unveils New 80th Anniversary Ace Café …

Bell Helmets Unveils New 80th Anniversary Ace Café ...

Source: movetenms.com

Magnus Walker @ Ace Cafe March 2015

Magnus Walker @ Ace Cafe March 2015

Source: www.porscheclubgb.com

My nephew, he’s got more guts than his uncle.

My nephew, he's got more guts than his uncle.

Source: allegretti.us

The people who supported the development of the UK blues …

The people who supported the development of the UK blues ...

Source: www.cyrildavies.com

Ace Café North America 2011 Reunion Tour Set

Ace Café North America 2011 Reunion Tour Set

Source: www.motorcycleclassics.com

148 best Ace Cafe images on Pinterest

148 best Ace Cafe images on Pinterest

Source: www.pinterest.com

Bell Helmets Unveils New 80th Anniversary Ace Café …

Bell Helmets Unveils New 80th Anniversary Ace Café ...

Source: movetenms.com

Magnus Walker @ Ace Cafe March 2015

Magnus Walker @ Ace Cafe March 2015

Source: www.porscheclubgb.com

My nephew, he’s got more guts than his uncle.

My nephew, he's got more guts than his uncle.

Source: allegretti.us

The people who supported the development of the UK blues …

The people who supported the development of the UK blues ...

Source: www.cyrildavies.com

Ace Café North America 2011 Reunion Tour Set

Ace Café North America 2011 Reunion Tour Set

Source: www.motorcycleclassics.com

148 best Ace Cafe images on Pinterest

148 best Ace Cafe images on Pinterest

Source: www.pinterest.com