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Speed Thrills and Tea Spills: Ace Café USA Opens in Orlando

Motorcycle riders the world over know this iconic brand: London’s Ace Café. And now both riders and non-riders stateside have the opportunity to know it better with the opening of the Ace Café USA in Orlando, FL – the first in North America.

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It joins other Ace Cafés located in Barcelona, Spain; Helsinki, Finland; Luzern, Switzerland; and Beijing, China. Yes, gearheads, right next door to the Magic Kingdom where fantasy reigns, there’s a new venue for flat out fun where grit and grease rule the roost and authenticity is king.

Housed in a hundred-year-old building that originally operated as a boiler plant, the Ace Orlando sits alongside the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and trains rumble by daily. The multi-level structure maintains an industrial feel sporting brick, galvanized metal and diamond plate that brilliantly accompanies the subject matter: classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and all things internal combustion.

Inside there’s a coffee and gelato bar for sugar and caffeine fiends and a restaurant offering a full menu for lunch and dinner. Selections include chrome diner comfort food on the lines of pot pie, meatloaf and sliders laced with British classics such as curry chicken, fish & chips and bangers & mash. The open stage is literally set for live music performers circled by up-and-downstairs spectator enjoyment and seating at the bar.

For shoppers, Stonebridge Motor Gallery on the mezzanine is stocked with a changing line-up of original motorsports and rock ’n roll-inspired artwork, photography, sculptures, and memorabilia, as well as collectable one-off custom motorcycles. On opening weekend we recognized images by Michael Lichter, David Uhl and Scott Jabobs. Rockers Speed Shop sells official branded Ace apparel, and there’s a compact BMW motorcycle dealership, a Dainese D-Store and EagleRider motorcycle rental company.

There’s ample outdoor space for dining or people watching while grabbing a cold beer, glass of wine or signature cocktail. The spacious car park—the envy of the original Ace in London—allows room for show and shine action, all day every day. And construction continues in the adjacent space. Soon to open is Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Cue, Backyard Beer Garden and Blue Cap Shack show venue. Special events welcome!

A contingent from across the pond joined Ace Orlando’s Chief Gearhead Mark McKee, CFO Eric Forward, and Chief Marketing Officer Steve Glum for the grand opening. These included George Tsuchnikas and Mark and Linda Wilsmore of the Ace Cafe London.

Mark Wilsmore spoke about the difficulty of bringing an historic building back into service after a long hiatus, comparing it to a classic vehicle restoration. “When you start pulling them apart you think you’ve got it, then you find all the horrors,” he said.
And he knows the topic firsthand. In 1994 the Wilsmores staged London’s first Ace Reunion to mark the 25th anniversary of the original Ace Café’s closure and they were astounded at the turnout. This led to efforts that resulted in the re-opening in 1997 of the London Ace in its original location, a building that had done various duty—and sat abandoned—through the years.

So Wilsmore is cognizant of the challenges a hundred-year-old building can present. “But it’s here, and it’s done, and it is delivering as I expected it would,” he said. He especially appreciates several of the amenities he can’t match in London. “There’s more room here, room to die for! The stage, the car park, the space is vast. And you’ve got air conditioning!” he said.

Opening weekend proved it: the Ace is the place for mavens of gearhead culture and those who aspire to participate. Stop in for a visit. Both Mods and Rockers are welcome.

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Ace Cafe USA
100 West Livingston St.
Orlando, FL
407-996-MOTO
www.acecafeUSA.com

BMW to Offer Demo Rides on New Bagger Exclusively at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

The BMW K 1600 B “Bagger” will make its demo debut and a lasting impression at the 2017 rally.

Sturgis, SD (May 25, 2017) – For the first time ever, BMW Motorrad USA is offering free demo rides on its soon-to-be-released K 1600 B “Bagger,” and the company has chosen the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® as the place to do it. Ten of the highly anticipated new bikes will be shipped to the Buffalo Chip for the exclusive demo ride opportunity, along with a full stable of new innovative BMW motorcycle models. BMW Motorrad representatives will be on hand at the Buffalo Chip’s free-access CrossRoads to show off all of the new bikes and assist with demo rides Friday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Aug. 11.1

The K 1600 B features a new lower rear section with a significantly lower seat, a more elongated look and updated side bags. Its six-cylinder engine has serious muscle, pulling around 160 horsepower, and its high-tech options include reverse assist, hill start control, adaptive turning lights and more.2

BMW will also offer demo rides on the entire R nineT Heritage family, including the newly released 2018 R nineT Urban G/S, along with the Pure, Racer and Scrambler models. The demo stable will include Adventure, Touring, Roadster, Urban, and Sport bikes. 3

Learn more about activities at the free-access CrossRoads by visiting www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/CrossRoads-Events.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast and 2017 South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers eight stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. The 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Old Iron/Young Blood – Motorcycles and the Next Gen” curated by Michael Lichter, numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

 

Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s 2017 Biker Belles® Welcomes All to “My Motorcycle Life”

1The Buffalo Chip’s Biker Belles tradition of honoring women in motorcycling continues with special guests, new features and old friends.

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Buffalo Chip, SD (May 2, 2017) – An inclusive opportunity to celebrate women in motorcycling and connect with those who are shaping the industry, driving change and breaking long-held traditions will take place Tuesday, Aug. 8 during the Buffalo Chip’s ninth annual Biker Belles celebration. This charity event opens with The Morning Ride™ that leads participants on a beautiful journey from the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads to the Lodge at Deadwood. Here participants will experience the Comfort Zone by Team Diva, a catered lunch and an inspiring symposium. The theme “My Motorcycle Life” will open the path to discussions surrounding the role motorcycling plays in the lives of women and those who love and serve them. Panelists and special guests announced to date include Open Road Girl’s Malinda Johnson and Sturgis Rider Daily and Iron Trader News Editor and Publisher Marilyn Stemp. Biker Belles was created in 2009 to raise awareness of the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling and to raise funds for local worthy charities. Those interested may find more information or reserve their place at the event at BikerBelles.com.

Participants will be among the first to get a look at Diva Amy Skaling’s dazzling new Paul Yaffe-customized bagger when she unveils it before the ride. New to the popular Comfort Zone at the Lodge at Deadwood, Malinda Johnson will be bringing her Open Road Girl store, where she will be personally assisting her fans.

The 2017 Biker Belles event is supported by Hot Leathers, BMW Motorrad and Wrangler Jeanswear.

The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, 30 year anniversary.
The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, 30 year anniversary.

 

2017 Biker Belles Schedule

8:30 a.m. – Registration and coffee at the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads, Diva 2 Bike Unveiling

9:30 a.m. – A guided journey through the picturesque Black Hills.

11:00 a.m. – Registration opens at The Lodge at Deadwood non-ride participants

11:30 a.m. – Ride arrives at The Lodge at Deadwood for a catered lunch, “Comfort Zone” by Team Diva pampering and retail experience and silent auction.

12:30 p.m. – “My Motorcycle Life” Symposium and featured speakers

1:45 p.m. – All participants gather for Biker Belles official group photo

 

For high resolution images click here:

 

How To Register

Participants are asked to make a $60 contribution to join the festivities, 100 percent of which directly benefit two South Dakota charities that benefit women-related causes, Helping with Horsepower and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. Reservations may be made by visiting BikerBelles.com or by calling (605) 347-9000.

 

About Biker Belles®

The annual Biker Belles charity event is a celebration of women in the world of motorcycling that centers on “Real Riders, Real Stories, and Real Passion”. Whether one rides his or her own bike or prefers being the passenger, this Sturgis Buffalo Chip®-hosted event offers a great opportunity to meet new friends and gain inspiration from pioneering women who continue to influence the world of motorcycling today. All Biker Belles proceeds support worthy local charities. To date Buffalo Chip programs have raised over half a million dollars for charity. For more information and to join the 2017 Biker Belles celebration visit www.bikerbelles.com or call (605) 347-9000.

 

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast and 2017 South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers eight stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. The 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Old Iron/Young Blood – Motorcycles and the Next Gen” curated by Michael Lichter is free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

2017 Cycle Showcase Saint Louis

Cycle Showcase is a hometown show – but it isn’t. I mean, if you’re in the St. Louis two-wheeled scene, you’re there, but the reach is much bigger than that. Builders from all over Missouri were invited and nearby states such as Kansas, Illinois and Indiana were well represented, too. But once you add in Denver, Colorado and even Brooklyn, NY you have an event with a stronger vibe and a greater impact than the one-town label fits.

Randy Noldge started the show a few years ago, at another location in downtown St. Louis and at a different time of year. Yet despite those changes here, at the 4th show in five years, in the shadow of Busch Stadium just a day before Major League Baseball’s opening day, bikers took center stage without a hiccup.

Because of opening day at Cardinal Stadium, Cycle Showcase STL happened Friday night, 5 to 10, and Saturday from 10 to 5 – instead of Saturday night and Sunday as in the past. But that didn’t matter. This year’s new venue had ample space for the invited show bikes plus room for select, eclectic vendors along with the American Motordrome Wall of Death, a bar serving Schlafly brews, plus food trucks and bike parking.

Randy related his last-minute scramble to get the venue ready – there was nothing easy about it. Still, it felt right and worked well. Credit goes to Randy’s vision, hard work and a host of stalwart friends who pitched in. The set-up was perfectly rustic with a touch of class. Just right.

Along with the bikes, there were invited artists lending their talents and, once again, presentation was right on. Chain link with black backdrops provided a framework for artists’ work. We found several new talents and delighted in meeting up with those we already knew, such as Darren McKeag who came in from Iowa..

If we didn’t get a shot of every invited builder’s bike, well shame on us. We tried, though, so enjoy the gallery here. Better yet, get Cycle Showcase STL on your calendar for next year.

Kelly Lee did the amazing calligraphy on each bike's platform paper. She works at an area tattoo shop and does graphic design work. What a talent and a sweet person!
Kelly Lee did the amazing calligraphy on each bike’s platform paper. She works at an area tattoo shop and does graphic design work. What a talent and a sweet person!

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Cycle Showcase STL founder Randy Noldge arrives at the show after the Aidan's Ride benefit Saturday Morning.
Cycle Showcase STL founder Randy Noldge arrives at the show after the Aidan’s Ride benefit Saturday Morning.
Analog Motorcycle's performance custom.
Analog Motorcycle’s performance custom.
XLCH jewelry by Anchor Moto of Kansas City
XLCH jewelry by Anchor Moto of Kansas City
Badass 1997 Prostreet Sportster-powered by S&S
Badass 1997 Prostreet Sportster-powered by S&S

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El Rey from Larry Curik's Lone Star Choppers
El Rey from Larry Curik’s Lone Star Choppers

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A Confederate Salt Flats racer. Yes, really!
A Confederate Salt Flats racer. Yes, really!
Kenny Slaughter's authentic chopper.
Kenny Slaughter’s authentic chopper.
Pure power from Bare Knuckle Choppers.
Pure power from Bare Knuckle Choppers.
Mike McFadden's H-D 750 Street in stealth mode.
Mike McFadden’s H-D 750 Street in stealth mode.
Brad Gregory's Death Machine Buell.
Brad Gregory’s Death Machine Buell.

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Debii Holmes's chopper built by Irish Rich Ryan, and she helped!
Debii Holmes’s chopper built by Irish Rich Ryan, and she helped!

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Classy BMW by Rich Phillips.
Classy BMW by Rich Phillips.
Irish Rich also brought The Chrome Nun.
Irish Rich also brought The Chrome Nun.
Majik Mike brought this Shovelhead custom with paint by Liquid Illusions - and a trike too.
Majik Mike brought this Shovelhead custom with paint by Liquid Illusions – and a trike too.
Sweet Shovel from Jesse Srpan of Raw Iron Choppers.
Sweet Shovel from Jesse Srpan of Raw Iron Choppers.

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A straight-up performance custom from Pyro Tech.
A straight-up performance custom from Pyro Tech.
Flying Tiger in nearby Maplewood built a Rebel Yell Bourbon bike for 2017. Look for it and enter to win it before it rolls onto the Buffalo Chip's main stage during the 2017 Sturgis Rally.
Flying Tiger in nearby Maplewood built a Rebel Yell Bourbon bike for 2017. Look for it and enter to win it before it rolls onto the Buffalo Chip’s main stage during the 2017 Sturgis Rally.
Augie Karnes, only 16-years oldm showed his very own 1960 Harley-Davidson WL. THAT'S what kids today are doing and it's awesome.
Augie Karnes, only 16-years old showed his very own 1960 Harley-Davidson WL. THAT’S what kids today are doing and it’s awesome.

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Yep, that's a mini Wall of Death diorama sitting in front of the real one! A fan from Chicago, Chuck Weber, made it and brought it to St. Louis for its debut.
Yep, that’s a mini Wall of Death diorama sitting in front of the real one! A fan from Chicago, Chuck Weber, made it and brought it to St. Louis for its debut.

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