Brooklands blast to celebrate Ace Café’s 75th year

By Dan Sharp, 8 February 2013
How it used to be...
How it used to be...

A celebration of motorcycles and the pursuit of speed will take place at the Brooklands Museum to mark the 75th anniversary of London’s Ace Café...

The Ton-Up Day at the venue in Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, runs from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, June 23.

A ride-out to the event from the café, in North Circular Road, London, departs at 9.30am on the day.

At Brooklands, there will be a line-up of historically significant racing machines and riders will be allowed to take on the challenging Test Hill and a section of the Brooklands banking during the morning and afternoon. There will be free screenings of 1960s motorcycle films such as The Leather Boys too, 2013 being the 50th anniversary of its release.

There will also be dedicated parking areas for motorcycle clubs, trade stands and displays, and special Ace Brooklands merchandise. Special displays to highlight the great events of 1938 will be staged. On March 12 of that year, Eric Fernihough riding a 996cc supercharged Brough Superior attained the fastest-ever straight line speed recorded on the Brooklands track when he touched 158mph during a flying kilometre run.

And on the October 8, Ivan Wicksteed set the all-time Brooklands outer circuit lap record for a 500cc motorcycle when he rode a supercharged Triumph Speed Twin at 118.02 mph.

Tickets cost £10 for adults,
£15 for a motorcycle rider and pillion,
£9 for seniors and students,
£5.50 for children aged 5-16 and £27 for families (two adults and three children). For more details visit

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