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Ace Cafe & Brooklands Museum Go For The Ton! 10/05/2013

Sunday 23rd June 2013

Star bikes and riders feature at  Brooklands  ‘Ton-Up’ Day
Celebrating an Ace 75th

1938 was a special year in so many ways for motorcyclists: at Brooklands, the world’s first purpose built motor racing track and home of the now legendary “Gold Star” (awarded for achieving sustained speeds of at least 100mph, the ton!), all-time speed records were set and, on London’s North Circular Road, a now-iconic cafe opened its doors for the first time. Now, 75 years later, Brooklands Museum and Ace Cafe London are coming together on Sunday 23rd June at the historic Surrey venue to organise a special “Ton-Up Day” of action and entertainment - a collaboration and celebration of motorcycles and the pursuit of speed.

To give this event a unique flavour, Brooklands Museum is assembling some of the most significant pre- and post-War racing machines, and want owners of cafĂ© racers and bikes that evoke the spirit of the “Ton-Up Boys” (and girls!) and of the Rockers of the 1950s and ‘60s to join the celebrations. Motorcycle enthusiasts, no matter what they ride or from what era, all are welcome to come and enjoy the spectacle, and there will be a “Brooklands Burn Up” Ride-Out which departs for Brooklands at 9.30am from Ace Cafe on the day of the event.

Star Bikes
 Among the pre-War racing bikes that will be on show and in action on Test Hill will be the 1930 "world's-fastest" Brough Superior ridden by its owner, Peter Lancaster, and Derek Fox's  1936 "works" Norton.  James Bridge-Butler will run his ex-Brooklands Vincent HRD and Michael Botting will ride his ex-"works" 1925 AJS which also has a Brooklands pedigree.  Sammy Miller will bring the unique V-4 supercharged 1939 AJS that was the first bike to return a 100mph lap in a Grand Prix race.

Sammy also contributes to the post-War line-up with the 1948 V-twin Moto Guzzi.  Norton will be represented by a 1947 "works" bike and the 1960 "Manx" on which Derek Minter became the first rider to lap the isle of Man TT course at over 100mph on a single -cylinder machine. The 2008 Triumph that won the British Supersport Championship (the first time in the history that a Triumph had won any sort of British Championship) will be present along with rider Glen Richards.

Many of these bikes will tackle Test Hill in morning and afternoon sessions.  Some of those that do not may do static engine runs to demonstrate their unique sounds.

Guest Appearances
One of the special guests confirmed is Johnny Giles, reunited with his Triumph trials twin for the day.  If he takes up the challenge of the famous ascent, he will be possibly the first "factory" rider to run up the Test Hill on a trials bike since the International Six Days Trial of 1926.

Not all the motorcycle interest will be on race bikes.  Some bikes used in famous films will also be present, including machines that have appeared in "Terminator 3", "Mission Impossible 3" and the one used by "The Fonz" in “Happy Days”.

Organisations that use motorcycles for public service will also show their support with stands and samples of their bikes.  These include Surrey Police, a small detachment from the Royal Signals’ "White Helmets", the Christian Motorcycle Association and SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) who include "Blood Bikes" among their services.

One-make club stands will include the Sussex & Surrey section of the VMCC, Sussex BSA Owners Club and the Surrey Triumph Owners Club. And, as if you needed any more distractions, a novelty feature of the day will be a team of girls from London Rockin' Rollers who will skate around the event to collect for charity. There will be free screenings of 1960s motorcycle films such as “The Leather Boys”, 2013 being the 50th anniversary of its release.  Dedicated parking areas have been set aside for motorcycle clubs, trade stands and displays, and special Ace Brooklands merchandise which, together with music, will all add to this very special occasion.

Normal Museum admission applies for this event. Ticket prices are: £10 for adults, £9 for seniors & students, £5.50 for children aged 5-16 and £27 for a family ticket (2 x adults and up to 3 children). The Concorde Experience, which is a virtual flight experience aboard the Museum’s very own Concorde is charged at £4 for adults and £2 for children and must be booked on arrival to avoid disappointment.

The Brooklands Ton-Up Day in association with Ace Cafe London takes place on Sunday 23rd June at Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN.

The event runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm (Gates open at 8:00am for exhibitors and traders).

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