Ton Up boy; 1963
© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London
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A young biker part of a group known as the 'Ton Up Boys', outside the Ace Cafe in Brent. The Ton Up Boys were bikers who wore decorated leather jackets and came to the Ace Cafe in Stonebridge to listen to music on the juke box as well as to race their bikes. They represented the quintessential youth rebel culture. Bikes were stripped down and rebuilt for speed and races were held to see which bikers could reach the 100 miles per hour or 'the magic ton'.
1963 AD - 1963 AD