"The menace is loose again running loud and fast on
the early morning freeway, low in the saddle, nobody smiles, jamming
crazy through the traffic and ninety miles an hour down the centre
stripe, missing by inches ... like Ghengis Khan on an iron horse, a
monster steed with a fiery anus, flat out through the eye of a beer can
and up your daughter's leg ..." Hunter S. Thompson circa
[ Images all link to websites ]
This is a collection of pages and links that start early in 1999 to save, document and authentic stuff about Tonup Boys, Fifty Nine Club and Rocker Reunion Movement. The authors and supporters include leading light original Rockers and those that have been actively involved in the scene over 4 decades.
- New - The Spirit of 59 - new Rocker Movement
- New - Trinity School - Japanese School for British Classic Motorcycles.
- New - Rockers - The Seeds of Social Destruction.
Flying too Close to the Ground - why bikers tell
- Must see - The Graham Hullett Collection - 270 plus largely
unseen photographs from the cafe racing Rocker and 59 Club
- Must read - 60s Rockers ;
American perspective. Written at the time, one of the best original
pieces of reportage on the subject we have ever read. Unedited version.
- The Original 80s
Rockers Reunion - CHS advertisement.
Johnny Stuart, R.I.P; author of " Rockers! Kings of
the Road " sadly missed.
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- Last Rocker Reunion Run and First Ace
Cafe Reunion. Photos by Tony Sleep
- Bikes, Burning and Birds ; for
some at least!
South London rocking in the early
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- Father Graham
Hullett ; The Real Heart and Soul of The Original 59
- Reverend Bill Shergold's
story ; " This is it, " I thought, " I shall almost certainly lose
my trousers! "
- Mockers ; Did it all really happen?
requiem ; Micky Sheenan of The Glory Boys.
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- Gallery One ;
- Gallery Two
; Margate - Mods and Rockers meet first for the first time.
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- Gallery Three ;
Rockers Day 2004 Nara, Japan.
Check out their website here and
open a door into a whole new world of Rockerdom.
cool wrenchs, dig about their site and you will find clubs, clothes and
parts in Japan, as well as links to Rock'n'Roll and Rockabilly.
- Gallery Four ;
More Kamakaze Rockers.
- Gallery Five ; Rocker
Day Organisers, Japan.
- Gallery Six ; Ton Up Club, USA. Gunning your way
Check out their site for crazy Mods and Rockers Runs,
probably served with tea, crumpet and fights on San Diego beach here or here
for their Rocker's and Cafe Racer Forum.
- Hooligans ;
New American Rocker film in production by Rikki Rocket. Click here
for a trailer > 8.25 MB Quicktime. Rikki is looking for original
material; film, pictures, individuals ...
- " If there's one fing that I loike,
its a burn up on my bike, a burn up wif a bird upon moi boike ... "
Definitive rocker audio track by Mike Sarne.
- New - " Mods et Rockers ... "
Utterly Shagtastic '60s audio track by French chaunteur Michel Sardou.
59 Club. 1965 Rocker Nostalgia : " The
Norvin Burnup " - published in the September 1965 issue of the 59
Club's magazine " Link ".
- Swiss 59
Italian 59 Club.
Australian 59 Club.
- The Australian
- The Texas 59 Club.
Belgian 59 Club.
- Rockers England.
- Ton-Up Pirates - gotten busted for doing more than a ton? These folks will take the sting out of it for you!
- The Ton-Up Club of Tennessee - still independent, founded in 1997.
- The Last Rocker Reunion
Pissup organised by Len Paterson at the Battersea Town
Pictures of many of the
original characters that made the Rocker Reunion Movement what it is
today by their looks, presence or their skills, including; the Late
Sunglasses Ron, graphic artist Tombeau, Koji Baba - the first Japanese
rocker to come to London, dresser Dave Whiting, pretty faces Robin,
Yasmin, Emmanuelle and Mack, rockers and teds from as far as Germany and
France. Headlining star - no less than Lonnie " Bubblegum on the Bedpost
As an introduction to this new independent and international website for Ton-up
Boy, Cafe Racer, Rocker and 59 Club Memorabilia, we would like to thank
Len Paterson - proprietor of The Cylinder Head
Shop, founder and prime mover in The Rocker Reunion Movement for his
tireless work over 20 years in bring together rockers, tonup boys, cafe
racers new and old; especially for help in inspiring and providing
sources of information to start these pages.
Len, an active Chelsea
Bridge Boy and original 59 Club Rocker in the 1960s, organised The Rocker Reunion
Club, Runs and Pissups [ or " Dances " for the more genteel clientele
... ] from the early 1980s onwards; breathing life live back into the
tradition and community of the Ton-up Boys.
While by no means the only key individual responsible for the
original renaissance of the Rocker scene - and we hope to credit those
other as time and accurate documentation allows - it was under Len's
leadership and guidance that it rose from a handful of riders heading
off to Brighton Beach from Chelsea Bridge to 12,000 strong Runs and
thousands strong Reunions.
It was Len that encouraged Mark
Wilsmore to take over and develop the Reunion Runs as well as
re-establish The Ace Cafe.
We are sure Mark remembers with gratitude the long hours he spent
picking Len's brain at the 'Mighty' South London Triumph Owners Club [
est. 1949 ]. Likewise, we remember original Rocker Derek Fox whose son's original artwork of the traditional 60's jacket badge inspired the new Ace Cafe "Rocker" logo but who was later threatened with legal action if he continued selling it. Even though he had been selling it at the Reunions since the 80s. More later.
The Rocker Reunion or Rocker Revival Movement has now spread to
become an international movement dedicated to 60's roots rock'n'roll,
cafe racers and the lifestyle of those times. It has attracted many new,
younger individuals. In truth, the spirit may have been ignored, abused,
suppressed, ridiculed or attacked - but it never went away nor died. It
never will. It remains the roots of counter culture motorcycling in the
UK and had its like movements all across Europe, America and Japan, e.g. Les
Blousons Noirs [ trans. The Black Leather jackets ] or Bosozuko [ trans. Speed Tribes ].
The views contained within these pages are entirely independent
from any of the individuals portrayed, business or organisation - least
of all Father Graham Hullett or the 59 Club of Paddington, Ltd [ of which he was club
leader from 1962 to 1970 ] - and are a faithful attempt to capture the
true " Spirit of 59 ", examine it in truth, document its real rather
than re-written history and explore its effect on Society as a whole.
1959, the year the most British motorcycles ever
As our site grows, we will be publishing unseen
photographs, stories, news and information from around the world. If you
have a story or an opinion, we want to hear it.
unexpected. The truth, not the romantic re-writes. And a few
controversies and a laugh or two as we take the inside line on those
days and now.
If you were part of those times, or would like to
keep them alive, please contact us at ; info. If you are part of them now,
who knows, you might be in here.
Its a strange thing to
remember but when we started promoting the Rocker Reunions and Pissups,
there was no support or interest from the motorcycle press at all.
Worse, the antagonism from the old British Motorcycling Establishment
towards the Rockers was still deeply embedded within the industry and
media and quite openly hostile.
The Rockers were always seen as " bad
for motorcycling " from a desperate and out of touch industry rather
than ripe to be capitalised upon for their style as happened later on.
Even the hipper press saw the scene as a throw back to another era, full
of anachronistic boring old farts or grumpy old bastards; homophobes and
racists one and all.
Even beyond the complete disinterest of the plastic crotch rocket
obsessed bike media, we can distinctly remember one response from the
editor of the most major motorcycle publication in the UK saying, " ... wot's that got to do with motorcycling?! "
course now, with new blood in editorial positions, the media are all
over themselves at the spirit of it all.
New - 59 Club - Father Graham Hullett ; Lifetime Achievement
For British bikers, there was only one leather jacket. And that was a Lewis Leathers jacket. As close to perfect as any cow's backside might ever be. Back in business with 100% authenticity. Great heritage section. Link above
The Tonup Club of
USA. Try rolling over and clicking on the broad above. The Ton Up Club
has chapters spreading States-wide. Download the Charter and get onboard
now and make it International.
Funny how the
Japanese can get things just *so* right and look so cool *and* ride on
the right side of the road! Who else can fly a Rebel Cross, a Union Jack
and a Rising Sun all at once!?! Big cafe racer scene.
The Brit Iron
Rebels were established in 2004. A worldwide group of individuals
focused on the preservation, restoration and promotion of true classic
and retro-styled British motorcycles, related events and discussion. The
BIR is a club based on the retro style of the British
Club Legend France.
Peter Fischer, an
influential Rocker from the time of the early Reunion days in the 80s.
Funnily enough, just like British Royalty, he came from Germany.
Escaping under The Wall to come to London to live the life.
We like bikes. We
like girls. We like leathers. We like oriental girls. Oriental leather
girls on classic bikes. Oh dear, I think that I am going to sin.
Marlon Brando as Johnny looking, well ... Brandosexual as
they used to say. The image that launched a 1,000 Schott
The Wild One ;
banned in the UK, first showing at The 59 Club.
looking, well ... just plain sexual as they will say for a long time to
come, I fear. The image that will launch a 1,000 ..... and all on 22 BHP
of throbbing 4 stroke single. Ought to be banned, probably bound and
Johnny ... erm,
Jimmy ... no, it is Johnny ... 40th Anniversary of the death of
heartbreaker James Dean
The Royal Enfield Clubman, arguably the last authentic cafe
racer still made today! The Cylinder Head Shop cannot
recommend Enfield importers Wastonian-Squire strongly enough. The strength of
quality and outstanding principles of the management and team is
exemplary amongst the motorcycle industry.
Mitakuye Oyasin. They used to say that, " the Last
Englishman alive would be an Indian ". Now we are starting to think that
the Last British Rocker alive will be Japanese. More Nihonjin
Rocker-style. Anyone that wears their clipons right down besides their
bottom yoke is OK by us.