Hang on tight for the story of the ton-up boys and the cafe racers they ride in Ton Up!
Ton Up! A Century of Cafe Racer Speed and Stylefocuses on the story of the ton-up boys and their cafe racers. But its much more than just that. Illustrated with historic and modern photos and featuring a text by one of the world's motorcycle historians, its really the story of motorcycle speed and style evolved from the early 1900s right through today. Cafe racers are most associated with the young, rebellious rock-and-rollers of 1960s Britain. These riders created the quintessential cafe racers-fast motorcycles customized to resemble the racing bikes of the period. They were called 'cafe racers' because their riders raced on public roads, from one cafe to the next. The goal was to do 'the ton' (exceed 100 miles per hour) on these runs, which led to their designation as 'ton-up boys'.
Today, ton-up culture is more popular than ever and recognized worldwide with a following of young and long-time riders alike.With Ton Up!, enjoy a scenic ride through the history of this vibrant scene.
Paul dOrleans, better known as the publisher of the website The Vintagent, travels the world following the vintage and custom motorcycle scenes. As a rider, collector, and recognized expert on moto-history, he is a passionate advocate for classic motorcycles and writes for numerous magazines, websites, and club journals worldwide.
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