When I was a nipper my step Dad used to tell me stories of how bikers in the 50's and 60's used to race up a hill and back to beat songs played on a cafe dukebox, and because of the ammount of fatalities it's was nic-named Death Hill. I'm pretty sure this hill was either the A20 past Brands Hatch or it could of been Wrotham hill, and the cafe could of been the Oakdene.Anyone in the know as to where it was?
Wasn`t only the ace with record beating my dad used to be a rocker the oakdene was not a bike cafe then don`t even think it was there then. The guys from Catford used to go to the salt box at biggin hill. But yeah the a20 by brands was nicknamed death hill. Also the mad mile at the other end of the a20 by the dutch house was called the mad mile. heard many many stories how many are true god knows!
I was doing some research for an article on the Ace Cafe and as far as I could ascertain, the whole 'Record Racing' myth was conjured up for an episode of Dixon of Dock Green ( seriously ) by some BBC scriptwriter. As I wrote in the article: 'According to an Ace Cafe regular, Barry Cheese, the concept of Record Racing became 'reality' after the idea was dreamed up by the BBC to illustrate a storyline about the death of a young biker. Indeed, the script shows that after stealing a, and I quote, "seven-fifty, alloy heads, hight-lift cams, rev counter - it's a real potent bike", the two protagonists go for a race and one says, "Just up to the roundabout and up the hill. Put a record on - see if we can get back before it ends."But that was the power of the Ace. Take one innocuous line from a TV script and the aura of the Ace surrounds it and makes it is own. It sounded so reasonable, given the reputation of the real Ace Cafe, that surely it had to be true. Alas, it wasn't.' I'll post up ( or PM ) the whole article if anyone's interested. Rog
Yep, thought it was the A20.I've noticed the Gatso on the dual carrigway that goes past five arches has disapeared...nothing to do with you was it?
Yeah the bikers used to go to the busy-bee on the a41 in watford and then try to get from there to the ace before the song had finished on the juke box, my mum's boyfriends mate broke both his legs twice trying it out nutters they were then.
Did you read Mike Rogers (I think it's Rogers - might not be) "Cafe Racers" while researching that article??
I have this book at home, very good indeed www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0850456770/qid=1121352728/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_0_2/026-4191502-5632462
I got a question. How did they know when the record had finished if it was put on at the Busy Bee and they were racing to the Ace?
There's a fair few stories about Record Racing, the Iron Bridge, Specials, "playing Chicken" (normally across busy Junctions on the red light, but alledgedly one group used to do it head to head!)Also some hilarious stories about the characters Mike Clay used to know.
It is really entertaining to read! My copy was sent in to the office for review. I stole it and it now lives on my bookshelf
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