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Little Classics News: 25 June 2015

Brooklands and Ace Cafe Join Forces for Ton-Up Day

Classic Motorcycle hill climb Brooklands

Action is the order of the day as Brooklands Museum and the legendary Ace Cafe collaborate in a spectacular “Ton-Up Day” dedicated to the pursuit of speed on two wheels at the birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation on Sunday 5th July.

To give this event a unique flavour, Brooklands Museum is assembling some of the most significant pre and post-War racing machines, and wants owners of cafe 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.

Classic Motorcycles at Brooklands

All motorcycle enthusiasts, no matter what (or even if) they ride, or from what era, are welcome to come and enjoy the spectacle. Amongst the highlights will be the arrival at the Museum of the “Brooklands Burn Up” Ride-Out which departs for Brooklands from the Ace Cafe on the day of the event.

There will be displays and fine examples of some of the best loved names that ruled the roads on two wheels from the inter-War years and into the 1950s and ‘60s such as Norton, Triumph and Rudge. The Ace Cafe stand will be in the Paddock and also confirmed for the event are a large display of blood bikes from SERV, along with club displays from BSA Bantams, BSA Super Rockets, Harley Davidsons and machines from the Museum’s own Motorcycle Volunteer Team.

Classic bike on the test hill at Brooklands

The Museum also has an outstanding collection of owned and loaned bikes which are on display in its historic ERA Shed including a Grindlay Peerless Lacey Replica with a JAP 500cc engine from 1929, the Brough Superior 1000cc 'Works Scrapper' from 1927 and a 250cc Rudge 'Brooklands Special' from 1936.

A selection of bikes will tackle Test Hill in morning and afternoon sessions – always guaranteed as a crowd pleaser. Brooklands is also the home of the now-legendary “Gold Star” (awarded for achieving sustained speeds of at least 100mph, the ton!) and as such, the organisers expect to see some examples of the pre and post-War BSA bikes that adopted the name.

Classic Bike Line-up at Brooklands

Normal Museum admission applies for this event. Ticket prices are: £11 for adults, £10 for seniors & students, £6 for children aged 5-16 and £30 for a family ticket (2 x adults and up to 3 children).

The Brooklands Ton-Up Day in association with Ace Cafe London takes place at Brooklands Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN. Parking for all motorbikes is via the Campbell Entrance off Brooklands Road with additional parking for visitors arriving by car in The Heights off Wellington Way. The event runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm (Gates open at 8:00am for exhibitors and traders).



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