The Ace Cafe: Then and Now (Paperback)

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The Ace Cafe: Then and Now By Winston Ramsey Cover Image


The book opens with the first beginnings of bike racing in the London area -- at High Beech -- in 1928 and continues with the pre-war history of the North Circular as one of Britain's new 'arterial' roads, and the establishment of the Ace 'road-house' at Stonebridge Park in 1939. Then, Barry 'Noddy' Cheese, one of the Ace's original 'ton-up' boys, paints a graphic picture for us of the excitement of life at the cafe in the 1950-1960s. The controversial Dixon of Dock Green TV episode is covered as is the making of the classic film The Leather Boys and the book goes on to describe events leading up to the closure and subsequent isolation of the Ace with the construction of the new bypass in the 1990s. The story is brought up to date with the resurrection of the cafe's fortunes under Mark Wilsmore and the fantastic re-opening celebrations in September 2001.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781870067430
ISBN-10: 1870067436
Publisher: After the Battle
Publication Date: July 20th, 2022
Pages: 180
Language: English