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Hang on tight for the story of the ton-up boys and the café racers they ride in Ton Up! Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and Style? captures the vibrant culture inspired by these sleek fast machines. Ton Up! A Century of Café Racer Speed and Style focuses on the story of the ton-up boys and their café racers. But it's much more than just that. Illustrated with historic and modern photos and featuring a text by one of the world’s motorcycle historians, it's 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 café racers—fast motorcycles customized to resemble the racing bikes of the period. They were called “café racers” because their riders raced on public roads, from one café 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. Café racers and other custom motorcycles is a subject increasing in popularity among both motorcyclists and the gneral public. Author Paul d'Orleans is a well-known and respected expert on vintage, classic, and custom motorcycles as well their affiliated sub-cultures. He has a high-profile platform for promotion as publisher of the Vintagent website, https://thevintagent.com/. All European motorcycle manufacturers, and many Japanese manufacturers, offer contemporary factory cafe racers.
Author: Paul d'Orleans
Illustrations: 150 color & 25 b/w photos