Celebrate 80 years of the Ace Cafe at Silverstone Classic

Your classic bike can be part of a huge Ace Cafe 80th birthday display at the world's largest historic racing event – here's how...

The famous Ace Cafe will celebrate its 80th anniversary at this summer’s spectacular Silverstone Classic, on 20-22 July.

Appropriately, given its legendary status among motorcyclists, the Ace Cafe birthday celebration display will be based in the heart of a huge paddock display of classic bikes – which any classic bike owner can apply to be a part of. Eighty of these bikes will be selected for a an 80th birthday track parade on the Grand Prix circuit at lunchtime on the Saturday.

A special Ace Cafe Motorcycle Display package is being offered, which 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.

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In addition, the Ace Cafe will take over Silverstone's Pit Stop Café in the National Paddock with menus, displays, dressings and music all embracing the character of the original diner in north west London.

'This is a wonderful opportunity for all bike lovers to share in our 80th birthday celebrations and, of course, our ageless passion for motorcycles,' says Mark 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.'

First opened in 1938 as a wayside traffic café on London’s new North Circular Road, the Ace Cafe quickly became a Mecca for bike riders, notably with the ‘Ton Up Boys’ in the 1950s and then the Rockers in the '60s.

With changing cultures and the opening of the M1, the original cafe closed its doors in 1969 but, following the success of an Ace Cafe reunion organised by Mark Wilsmore in the mid-1990s, the original building was refurbished and reopened in 1997.

Classic bike owners wishing to be part of the revelries are asked to contact the Ace Cafe directly or email experience@silverstoneclassic.com for details of the exclusive Ace Cafe Display Package.

Discounted Early Bird tickets are available until the end of March. Full details of all 2018 ticket prices are detailed on the Silverstone Classic website.

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