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Iconic Motor Brand Announces Exclusive Multi-Year Contract with Car Care Giant

AceCafeLogoORLANDO, FL – Since opening just two months ago, Ace Cafe Orlando — the first US outpost of London-based Ace Cafe, the most famous motor-diner on the planet — has become Central Florida’s hub of all things automotive and motorcycle related. The unique purveyor of speed, thrills, rock ‘n roll and food announced today another great reason to visit the motor-centric destination in downtown Orlando: it is now one of the few retail locations to get the popular car care products from Autogeek, the largest online car care company in the world.

“We’re very proud to announce our partnership with Autogeek,” says Mark McKee, Chief Gearhead and CEO of Ace Cafe North America. “As the exclusive automotive and motorcycle care suppliers of Ace Cafe Orlando, Autogeek will be continually entertaining, educating and exposing new products and techniques in the car and bike care field to the ever-growing number of motorheads here at the Ace.”

Autogeek.net has been a leading source of auto detailing products, accessories and expert knowledge for more than 20 years. What started as a mail order, catalog-based company known as PBMA-FL.net in 1997 quickly grew into the web-based ecommerce business that it is today, shipping thousands of products around the world every month.

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Most recently, the Autogeek operation was acquired by Vision Investments LLC, owned by the founder of the Indy Racing League, Tony George. “Partnering with Ace Cafe to reach motor enthusiasts was a natural fit,” he says. “There is a car show, meet up or bike event virtually every day of the week, which makes Ace a great place for Autogeek to present our car and bike care expertise.”

“We have forged a unique relationship with the Ace as a brick & mortar retailer of our products… so race to the Ace, a great place to get great Autogeek products,” concludes George.

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About Ace Cafe:  Ace Cafe is the most famous motor-diner on the planet. Since 1938, Ace Cafe London has been a mecca for those passionate about cars, bikes and rock ’n roll culture. The original location on London’s North Circular Road began as a simple roadside cafe for truckers, then evolved into a popular destination for rock ‘n roll- loving teens riding motorbikes during the ’50s and ’60s. Today, the Ace has a multi-generational appeal from motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world. Ace Cafe North America holds the exclusive licensee rights in North America and South America for this world-famous brand. Ace Cafe Orlando is the first North American venue for Ace Cafe. For more information, visit www.acecafeusa.com, and connect on Facebook, Twitter @AceCafeOrlando and Instagram @acecafeorlando_official. #GOAceCafeOrlando #AceCafeOrlando #SpeedThrillsTeaSpills

About Autogeek — Founded in 1998, Autogeek is the largest online retailers of car care products in the world. In addition to providing the best quality car care products, Autogeek has the most extensive online teaching library in the industry. With Mike Phillips at the head of the teaching and training courses, professional detailers and enthusiasts alike can learn from the best. Autogeek is located in Stuart, Florida and ships worldwide. Whether you’re detailing your car for a show or detailing for fun, you’ll find the best car care products to bring out the perfect finish on your car, truck, SUV or motorcycle at http://www.autogeek.net

Roll with Us: Ace Cafe Orlando Sets World Premier

133Grand opening weekend for the first Ace Cafe in the USA features cool cars and hot bikes, charity ride, motorcycle raffle, special guests, free rock ‘n roll concerts, site-wide giveaways, activities, and more

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ORLANDO, FL – Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines: Ace Cafe Orlando, the first North American location of the celebrated London-based cafe, makes its world debut on Friday, May 19. Guests are invited to kick-start the grand opening weekend of the all-new, full-throttle, rock ‘n roll destination Ace Cafe with a cuppa coffee and tea when the Ace officially opens its doors to the public on Friday at 7:00 a.m., then stay to enjoy an action-packed weekend of festivities at the 35,000-square-foot motor-centric dining, entertainment and retail destination.

North America’s newest home for all who share the passion for speed, thrills and rock ‘n roll is waiving the green flag, signaling that it’s “go time” for Central Floridians and guests from around the globe to celebrate the heritage and history of the most famous cafe on the planet. All three days of grand opening weekend will feature cool cars and hot bikes, live rock ‘n roll inside and outside both day and night, a BMW RnineT Racer motorcycle raffle benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (APCH), live demonstrations by three world-famous artists, onsite activities and brand partner merchandise (while supplies last), and a free Friday night concert by Rockin’ Jason D. Williams – direct from Memphis, about whom Rolling Stone magazine says “There hasn’t been raw rockabilly this solid since Jerry Lee Lewis, himself.” A snapshot of Ace Cafe Orlando’s grand opening weekend celebration is listed below; visit www.acecafeusa.com to stay up-to-date on the Ace’s grand opening happenings.

Friday, May 19, 2017

·      The first Ace Cafe in the USA opens at 7:00 a.m. Grab a cuppa Julius Meinl coffee – direct from Vienna; tea and grab ‘n go breakfast bagels, muffins, burritos, croissants, and cinnamon rolls also available.

·      Lunch menu is served and bars open at 11:00 a.m., with live music on the back porch

·      Raffle opens to win a BMW RnineT Racer to benefit APCH

·      Register to win a trip for 2 to the 24th Annual Ace Cafe London Reunion Weekend

·      Live painting and sculpting works by three world-renowned artists: Japanese chopsticks painter Makoto Endo, Spanish artist Antonio Merinero painting the Ace’s backyard beer garden bocce courts (opening summer 2017), and American sculptor Michael Ulman

·      Music in the car park (parking lot) starts at 4:00 p.m. with live rock ‘n roll lasting well into the night. Taking the stage at 8:00 p.m. is headliner Rockin’ Jason D. Williams.

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

·      Carbs & Caffeine at 7:00 a.m. Kick-start Saturday morning and drive in for an early morning cuppa!

·      Ace Cafe’s Cool Cars for Kids to benefit APCH. For a $15 donation per car, participants can be a part of the opening weekend car show and receive a limited-edition Ace Cafe grand opening t-shirt.

·      Hungry? Start the day with a bang at Ace’s 4-Banger Brunch at 9:00 a.m. (a buffet-style, all-you-can-eat brunch served every weekend).

·      Free activities in the car park starting at 10 a.m. with a variety of local partners and vendors engaging Ace fans until 5:00 p.m.

·      Raffle continues to win a BMW RnineT Racer to benefit APCH

·      Registration continues to win a trip for 2 to the 24th Annual Ace Cafe London Reunion Weekend

·      Live painting and sculpting continues by Japanese chopsticks painter Makoto Endo, Spanish artist Antonio Merinero and American sculptor Michael Ulman

·      Live music starts at 4:00 p.m. outside with live rock ‘n roll into the night.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

·      Bikes & Bacon at 7:00 a.m. Kickstart Sunday morning and ride in for an early morning cuppa and Ace’s Bacon of the Week!

·      Ace’s 4-Banger Brunch kicks off again at 9:00 a.m, with full lunch menu starting at 2pm.

·      Raffle continues to win a BMW RnineT Racer to benefit APCH

·      Registration continues to win a trip for 2 to the 24th Annual Ace Cafe London Reunion Weekend

·      Live painting and sculpting continues by Japanese chopsticks painter Makoto Endo, Spanish artist Antonio Merinero and American sculptor Michael Ulman

·      Free activities in the car park starting at 10 a.m. with a variety of local partners and vendors engaging motor fans until 5pm.

Ace Cafe Orlando is located at the corner of West Livingston Street and Garland Avenue on a three-acre parcel in downtown Orlando in the extensively refurbished 100-year-old Harry P. Leu buildings (the former home of The Edge rock venue). The new “Ace Corner” is adjacent to the modern SunRail locomotive station and is a direct ride to the world-renowned Daytona race circuit via Interstate 4. The Ace spans two floors and features a full-service restaurant, two kitchens, four bars, a coffee bar, a communal counter, a mezzanine overlooking the main floor dining area and stage, private and semi-private group spaces, retail shops, and a motor-inspired  art gallery. Boasting delectable and affordable American diner fare with a twist and also featuring authentic British favorites, Ace Cafe Orlando connects great food and dining with a passion for motoring and live rock ‘n roll, providing a totally unique experience found nowhere else in the U.S.A.

“Our team is privileged to continue the culture and heritage of the world’s most famous motor diner,” said Mark McKee, CEO and Chief Gearhead of Ace Cafe North America. “This is exactly the Ace that we envisioned – a beacon for everyone, from petrolheads and enthusiasts, to the after-hours work crowd, families, music lovers, and everyone in between. We have remained true to the spirit of the Ace, and we have done so in a way that honors this incredible space in the heart of downtown Orlando. It is our hope that Ace Cafe Orlando will serve this community for generations to come.”

About Ace Cafe

Ace Cafe is the most famous motor-diner on the planet. Since 1938, Ace Cafe London has been a mecca for those passionate about cars, bikes and rock ’n roll culture. The original location on London’s North Circular Road began as a simple roadside cafe for truckers, then evolved into a popular destination for rock ‘n roll-loving teens riding motorbikes during the ’50s and ’60s. Today, the Ace has a multi-generational appeal from motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world. Ace Cafe North America holds the exclusive licensee rights in North America and South America for this world-famous brand. Ace Cafe Orlando is the first North American venue for Ace Cafe. For more information, visit www.acecafeusa.com, and connect on Facebook, Twitter @AceCafeOrlando and Instagram @acecafeorlando_official. #GOAceCafeOrlando #AceCafeOrlando #SpeedThrillsTeaSpills

Media Contacts:

Steve Glum, CMO, Ace Cafe North America, sglum@acecafeusa.com, 407.506.5084

Jennifer Bisbee, APR, Bisbee and Co., Inc., Jennifer@BisbeeAndCo.com, 407.257.4667

New Builds by Lord Drake Customs

You may recall the Red Baron Racer built by Lord Drake Customs from the cover of IronWorks Magazine. Company owner Francisco Manen recently sent us pictures of several new models he’s building for a branch of his company in Malaga, Spain, evidence that Lord Drake continues to pull off fresh new takes on the venerable Sportster. Enjoy!

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Racing Is Life Café

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The Le Pera Stubs Café Seat does “the TON!”

Picking up a spanner from the tool kit, the Le Pera seat was installed on the Harley Iron Sporty and the stock seat put up like a pentioner. Now, how does it look. Fits to a slicker profile, lightly but comfortably padded, pleated, leather and fits the style of the motorbike. It looks bloody “Tricked-out”.

TON UP LE PERA FINThe time has come, a proper seat installed, motor taken to a Screamin’ Eagle stage one and the bike is not trashed. Lets see if it will do the “TON!” As I turn onto a local dual carriage way that has a really long, straight, stretch of smooth, uninhabited pavement, the gear box is slipped into gear and off we went. With the motor wound up tight, and the Le Pera seat holding me firmly in position, I punched thru the gears, the speedo winds up past 70 then 80 and finally struggling up to the TON (hundred MPH).

After returning home, I grabbed a refreshment and began to wonder about those early days at the Ace Café, sitting around with a few blokes, telling exaggerated stories of slender birds and past events. After faffing around for a bit, we grabbed our kits and decided to go to the Busy Bee Café just north of London.

As we ambled into the car park to get our motors, we began wondering which of us had the bigger bollocks and be the first one to reach the Busy Bee Café. As one would expect, our lot headed onto the carriage way, the motors started to scream and the Ton was achieved by us all. Yeah, we all made it to the Busy Bee Café, Who won? We all did. We are the Ton Up Boys!

Get the Le Pera Café Seat, wrench up your motorbike and go Ton-UP! – Don Bashline

 

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The Ace Cafe – A Potted History

By Linda Wilsmore

Motorcycles, rock n’ roll and the Ace Cafe…..

 Three simple expressions but they represent perhaps the most powerful fusion, not only in yesterday’s rock n’ roll era, but also in today’sBike Meet 199

The Ace Cafe was built in 1938 as a roadside cafe to cater for traffic using the then new North Circular Road.   In World War II, the building was badly damaged and subsequently rebuilt in 1949.  It was a state-of-the-art cafe and one of the first to use neon signage.   With its proximity to Britain’s new and fast arterial road network, and staying open 24 hours, the cafe soon attracted hoards of young motorcyclists who were bored and searching for their own identity.  They found it at the Ace, together with the ‘devils’ music – rock n’ roll.

The advent of the ‘teenager’ in the early fifties saw the Ace booming, with the arrival of the Ton-Up Boys.  The British motorcycle industry was at its peak, when along came rock n’ roll.  It wasn’t played on radio stations, so the only places it could be heard was at fairgrounds or on Jukeboxes in transport cafes.

Ace Cafe Bookazine Cover Pic“Drop the coin right into the slot”……

From this powerful fusion of motorbikes and rock n’ roll, came the legends of record racing.   Dropping a coin into the slot, then racing to a given point and back before the record finished, turning the North Circular Road into an unofficial race track.

Come the sixties, the Rocker had emerged, and the Ace Cafe became the launching pad for many British rock n’ roll bands, like Johnny Kidd & The Pirates.  Gene Vincent also visited the cafe on one of his tours, and the Beatles are reputed to have been there before they became famous.  The Ace also has racing links, with original patrons, such as Dave Croxford, Dave Degens, and Ray Pickrell, taking their North Circular Road skills onto the racetrack.

The rock n’ roll peak was over by the mid-sixties, made safe by The Beatles and pushed aside by Carnaby Street and the Mod era.  Changes in the social order and growth of the car market, at the expense of the motorbike, and the retirement of the owner, saw the Ace Cafe, by then viewed as a ‘Greasy Spoon’, serve its last egg and chips in 1969.  Following its demise, the building was used as a filling station, bookmakers, vehicle distributors, and tyre depot, but remained largely unaltered.

Driven by his passion for bikes, rock n’ roll and history, in 1993 Mark Wilsmore, with the permission of the owners of the site, set about planning an event to mark the 25th anniversary of the cafes closure, with a mind to reopen the place.  That event in September 1994 attracted 12,000 motorcyclists and rock n’ roll fans from far and wide.Ace Building Archive 11

A film, entitled ‘An Ace Day’ was made, featuring interviews with former patrons of the Ace and today’s riders, to a rock n’ roll soundtrack.   There followed a seven-year labour of love, to obtain planning consent to turn the premises back into a cafe, and eventually purchase the site and building.   Initially, a part of the building was opened at weekends and events were organised with the aid of mobile catering unit for three years. 

In March 1999, potential disaster struck, a hatch on the main North London water supply, exploded in spectacular fashion!   Buried ten feet under the Ace car park, it wreaked havoc, with the resultant flooding submerging the adjacent section of the North Circular Road, which remained closed for almost a week. 

The huge blast had a severe effect on the structure of the building.  Debris and bikes were blown skywards on a wall of high pressure water, shattering window panes, and damaging the roof.  Despite this setback, Mark’s determination to save this legendary icon continued unabated.

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The Grand  Reopening took place in September 2001.  The Ace today, is a 21st century fully licensed cafe-restaurant and venue, with its own shop and plenty of reminders on the walls about its colourful history.  Numerous meets are held throughout the year to cater for all enthusiasts, from Ton Up Day through to Hot Rod Night.

The atmosphere is very laid back, you can relax and read the latest magazines, challenge your mates to a game of table football, listen to the Jukebox or simply drool over the amazing array of machinery that turns up.

With room to dance, the cafe’s gig list has featured top Rock n’ Roll artists from the USA, such as Robert Gordon and Linda Gail-Lewis, through to a real rockabilly hoe-down with contemporary bands & DJs.  Many gigs are tribute nights to the late and the great, such as Gene Vincent, Elvis, Johnny Kidd, Eddie Cochran etc.Ace Archive x 8

The bikes and the music may have changed, but the spirit remains the same.  Inspired by rich heritage and traditions, the Ace Cafe still embodies the same values as it did when it was first home to the Ton-Up-Boys (and girls) and Rockers. What could be found on a Triton when going for the ton in the 50’s and 60’s is emulated today on modern sports bikes and streetfighters.

Special celebrations, parties and small conferences can be catered for, and if you fancy tying the knot somewhere different, you can even get married at the Ace! 

 

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Open 7 days a week.   Monday to Friday 7am – 11pm. 

                                    Saturday 7am – 11pm (2am on specials)

                                    Sunday 7am – 10.30pm

 

Ace Cafe London

Ace Corner

North Circular Road

Stonebridge

London NW10 7UD

 

Tel: 020 8961 1000

Website: www.ace-cafe-london.com