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Racing in the Street
Early Cafe Racer Years

Authentic tales of early 60s teenage motorcycling, daring dynamism and all the surrounding capers and comedy. Vividly told with all the passion and humour of the day. A historic document on the epoch, chronicling the emergence of the Mods, the coining of the word 'Rocker' the rapidly evolving post war youth culture.

This story of a young crowd hanging out in a café in Morden, South London, on the edge of a vast council estate, is illustrated with many photographs of the bikes and the cafe, fun and games on seaside adventures, racing in the streets of London, scorching down the By-passes at 100mph plus and general posing. It spans the years, 1960-63 which was a time before there were too many rules. A kid could buy a 650 motorcycle at 16, tie on some 'L' plates and blast off down the highway with fire in his belly and the breeze of glory in his hair.

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Einband: Taschenbuch
Sprache: Englisch
Seiten: 158
Format: 148 x 210 mm
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2015
Verlag: Lulu
Preis: 14,09 EUR
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Cafe Racers of the 1960s
Machines, Riders and Lifestyle a Pictorial Review

Various events contrived to bring about the cafe racer era, together with the advent of the rocker - and subsequently mod - cults. New motorcycles such as the BSA Gold Star singles and star twins, Norton Dominator, Royal Enfield Meteor and Constellation, Triumph Tiger 110 and Thunderbird and Velocette Venom created a new breed of enthusiast.

Films such as Marlon Brando's The Wild One expressed, albeit in somewhat extreme form, the biker-as-rebel philosophy. Add to this the potency of that biggest of all pop music phenomena, rock'n'roll, and the ingredients were all in place.

Leseprobe:
•  Backcover
•  Contens
•  Seite 1
•  Seite 2
•  Seite 3
•  Seite 4

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Einband: Taschenbuch
Sprache: Englisch
Seiten: 94
Format: 190 x 260 mm
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1994
Verlag: The Crowood Press
Preis: 11,99 EUR
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Rockers!
Kings of the Road

Illustrated with over 170 rare and evocative black and white photographs, five years in the finding, this soft back book captures and brings to life the danger, the myth, the magic and the melancholy of a youth culture which continues to fascinate and to endure.
The mean and moody leather boy on a thundering bike is one of the strongest, most potent images of popular culture. Rejecting stereotyped bourgeois conformism, rockers crystallised a youth style. This book is about that epic style, evolving from a cross-fertilisation of influences, a love affair with bikes and speed, and a British interpretation of American 'glamour'. All this took on a new perspective with the eruption of rock'n'roll.

Streamlined drainpipe jeans and clean-cut leathers were tailored for the sleek, throbbing British 'iron' and the gutsy music. All were elements of the style, reflecting a raw edginess, a studied cook, a search for excitement, a hint of sex and even of violence. This style survived Mods and flower power, not even eclipsing before today's long-haired 'bikers'.

To explain the myth and magic, the author looks at dream machines, the original heroes and, above all, the ton-up boys themselves. Why the cult endures is encapsulated in the photographs. Rare and eye-catching they explain the enduring fascination of rocker culture.

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Einband: Taschenbuch
Sprache: Englisch
Seiten: 128
Format: 210 x 279 mm
Erscheinungsdatum: März 1996
Verlag: Plexus Publishing
Preis: 15,49 EUR
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Mods and Rockers
The Origins and Era of a British Scene

A great book to chart of one British youth culture's most explosive eras. During the spring of '64, an unparalleled moral panic spread among the people of Britain, as two bitterly opposed domestic factions, the likes of which had not been seen before, gripped the nation with fear: Mods and Rockers.

Growing in numbers throughout the early part of the decade, by the Easter of '64, the ranks of these two groups and more importantly their differences had become so great that they could no longer be ignored. The overt hostility these two groups displayed toward each other further heightened so that conflict was inevitable. This sign-post was spectacularly missed by the authorities however ... until it was way too late ...

This book explains the genesis of both movements right through from their conception to the cell splitting that separated them. It will closely study their development, and most importantly, highlight their enduring legacies on the popular culture scene of today. Includes 50+ rare photographs.

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Einband: Taschenbuch
Sprache: Englisch
Seiten: 128
Format: 190 x 245 mm
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2010
Verlag: John Blake Publishing Ltd.
Preis: 15,49 EUR
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Just for Kicks
A Rocker's Tale of London in the 60s

Mods and Rockers in the 60s: Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll and street battles - Right? Eeer, not quite; not as I remember them. Sex was something you had to careful about, I mean if you got a girl pregnant you married her, so, unless drunk, you only did it with someone you would be happy to spend the rest of your life with. Drugs belonged mainly to the very late 60s and the 70s.

The Mods indulged to a degree, but for the Rockers adrenaline from hard riding a motorcycle was the drug, though God alone knows what strange substances lurked in the foul muck that came out of the tea urns of the transport cafes we inhabited. Rock and Roll was the music, sure, but for the Rockers it was 50s stuff with Merseybeat thrown in. The Mods shared the Merseybeat, but flavoured it with Rhythm and Blues. However, tastes varied, and several of my mates, were Traditional Jazz fans. There were also big band and classical music lovers amongst us.

The Bank Holiday street battles did happen. Mostly they consisted of a lot of shouting and posturing with physical contact usually coming about by accident. My own crowd tried to time and plan jaunts that avoided potential trouble spots! Yes there was trouble, and yes they were dangerous and exciting times, but mostly they were just fun, and both Mods and Rockers a load of youngsters out to enjoy themselves with the Rockers doing it by racing their motorcycles through the streets of London and on the near-bye bypasses.

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Einband: Taschenbuch
Sprache: Englisch
Seiten: 144
Format: 148 x 210 mm
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2016
Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Preis: 6,19 EUR
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The Ace Cafe
Then and Now

During the 1960s swarms of motorcyclists roamed along London's North Circular Road in nightly 'burn ups'. They were the ton-up boys...the coffee-bar cowboys...the Ace boys — so called because their pit-stop was the Ace Cafe at Stonebridge Park.

This is their story as told by the boys who raced, and the policemen who chased, woven against a background of contemporary reports of escapades, accidents...and deaths.

'They were the good old days — the golden years,' recalls one of the boys. 'If anyone asks me, what were they like, I'd say, well, watch one of those Western films like Dodge Citywhen Wyatt Earp went and cleaned it up. That's exactly like it was.'

The Ace Cafe Then and Now 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, his account being set against the cold facts of the increasing death toll amongst young motorcycle riders.

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. It's all here...in The Ace Cafe Then and Now.

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Einband: Taschenbuch
Sprache: Englisch
Seiten: 180
Format: 210 x 204 mm
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2002
Verlag: After the Battle
Preis: 17,99 EUR
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Cafe Racer Phenomenon
Those were the days. . .

The Cafe Racer is one of the most enduring styles of motorcycle ever created, capturing the rebellious spirit of the 50s. From original Triton-building Rockers to modern-day Sunday riders on Thruxton 900s, there are thousands of enthusiasts across the world who aspire to own a road burner with old school class. This is a look back at the glory days of the Cafe Racer, from Friday night dices on the North Circular, through the street specials craze of the Seventies, to the modern day revival.

This book includes interviews with some of the old school regulars at the Ace Cafe, and an in-depth look at the great British bike builders like Norman Hyde, Steve and Lester Harris, the Rickman brothers and Paul Dunstal, Featuring a huge, global Cafe Racer directory – listing specialist builders, spares suppliers, websites etc – alongside a unique mix of personal memories, unseen photos, iconic machines and chassis builders in profile, this book is a must for any ton-up rider.

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Einband: Taschenbuch
Sprache: Englisch
Seiten: 96
Format: 212 x 190 mm
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2009
Verlag: Veloce Publishing
Preis: 16,95 EUR
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