In 1969 The Ace Cafe closed it's doors after the development of the motorway network. Motorcycle manufacturers were struggling with the increased price of production while the market for cars boomed. With the iconic Ace Cafe closed the spirit of the Cafe Racers lived on even though other popular cultures had stolen the rockers lime light.
In 1993 the first Ace reunion was held at the site of the original cafe. Now over 12,000 people attend each year. But not stopping there the Ace Cafe would become the site numerous motorbike and car shows the year round, almost like a hommage to it's unique past.
Then in 2001 Mark Wilsmore gained the go ahead to reopen the cafe's doors. Now 5 years on the Cafe is host to regular events ranging from live gigs to show and shines, cruise meets or even weddings.
My simple account of the Ace Cafe's history can't do it as much justice as a visit to their website can do. If you live in the UK and you're a bike fan of any sort pay them a visit and check out their historic photo gallery. It'll get you all pumped for the ride back home.
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