Ace cafe 80th Birthday

Ace Cafe Celebrates 80th Birthday At Silverstone Classic In July

Infamous biker joint, the Ace Cafe is celebrating its 80th anniversary at the Silverstone Classic this 20-22nd July.

The Ace Cafe will present itself as the iconic hub of the huge paddock display of classic bikes, 80 of which will be selected for an evocative track parade.

First opened in 1938 as a wayside traffic café on London’s new North Circular Road, the Ace Cafe quickly asserted itself as a haven for bike riders, most notably with the speedy ‘Ton Up Boys’ in the fifties and then the Rockers in the sixties.

But, after the opening of the M1 and a change in cultural fashion, the original cafe was forced to close its doors in 1969. Luckily though, this wasn’t the end for the plucky biker haunt.

After a hugely successful Ace Cafe reunion organised by Mark Wilsmore in the mid-nineties, the original building was refurbished and then reopened in 1997.

Celebrating that heritage at Silverstone, the Ace Cafe will ‘take over’ the Pit Stop Café in the circuit’s National Paddock with menus, displays, dressings and music all embracing the unique appeal and character of the original diner in North West London.

Add to that the massive gathering of classic motorbikes – 80 of which will ride the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit as an 80th birthday track parade at lunchtime on Saturday – its sure to be a nostalgic day.

Classic bike owners are encouraged to take part with a special Ace Cafe Motorcycle Display package offered in keeping with the historic values of the event.

The package includes two general admission tickets and in-field parking in the dedicated Ace Cafe display area plus free parking for support vehicles and trailers if bikes are transported to Silverstone.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for all bike lovers to share in our 80th birthday celebrations and, of course, our ageless passion for motorcycles,” enthused Wilsmore, Managing Director of the Ace Cafe.

“The Silverstone Classic is an absolutely incredible event and we are expecting a huge turn-out of both bikes and fans. It’s going to be a daunting ­– yet exciting – task for us to hand-pick just the 80 standout bikes that best represent 80 years of Ace Cafe history for the commemorative track parade.”