Ace Café Rockers Reunion Weekend is usually held the first weekend in September. Every year this iconic Café and the people who love it celebrate both its revival back in 1993 and its continued presence in biker culture and the history of North West London.
These photos are from 2018 when the party had kicked off early Friday evening with the arrival of fourteen riders from the Ace Continental Run, led in by TT Rider Connor Cummins & Ace front man Mark Wilsmore, who had left Stuttgart in Germany on September 3rd for the 1650km (1025 mile) ride through Germany, France, Luxemburg and Belgium arriving at the Ace café in London to mark the launch of the reunion event where there were bands, beer and biker tales until the small hours.
The Ace’s hearty breakfasts were much appreciated by those braving the early autumn chill when the café opened as it does every day at 7.30 am. Mid-morning about eighty riders headed off on the Café Racer & Rockers ride out to Battersea Park, returning a couple of hours later for an afternoon of much loved Rock ‘n’ Roll from the Mee Kats.
The Imps motorcycle display team presented a picture to thank Mark and the Ace café
for their support over the years, followed by presentations for the Café Racer Competition.
Judges were compiled of a mixture of special guests, old faces from Ace history and this year’s event sponsors. Winners were selected in five categories: Best Ridden Café Racer won by Klein Bernd from Germany with his BMW R75/5. Best Classic Café Racer went to Andy Teare with his beautifully customised 1955 Norton Harley-Davidson Café Racer named ‘Charlaton’. Best Modern Café Racer went to Brian Simmonds’ three year labour of love, his ‘Zagato’ Moto Guzzi. Best Triumph Modern went to another long distance visitor René Tollkuehns who clocked up an impressive 3000 km for this event on his 1998 Triumph Legend T309RT. The owner of the Best Triumph Classic had unfortunately left before presentations but I’m informed the winning bike was a much admired Reg Allen (London).
Music continued from The Rhythm Aces, Slim Jim Phantom & Band and Darrel Higham & the Enforcers along with DJ’s Bill, Jimmy & George Guntrip to keep the party rocking not quite around the clock but certainly well after dark.