The FIFTY NINE Club
The 59 Club originally started in 1959 in London UK.
Leadership duties were taken on by Graham Hullett and William Shergold (1919 – 2009 ).
The 59 Club became well known, and attracted luminaries such as Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon to its opening night, and later many motorcycling sportsmen and musicians.
For British motorcyclists, it was famous for being the first place in the UK to preview the previously banned biker movie The Wild One, in 1968.
From 1962 to the early 1970s, the club enjoyed fame as the top hang-out spot for British rockers and motorcyclists, and overall it created a positive archetype for the young members to follow, in the bad boys made good vein. The glory days of the café racer. Nights spent at the Ace Café, and membership in the 59 Club England was ground zero for a new culture that featured hot fast bikes and leathers. An entire generation of riders has been influenced by the style and spirit of the original rockers from the 1950's and 60's.
Their look and attitude was an amalgamation of styles heavily influenced by the changing times. Disaffected youths in Britain joined one of two camps the mods or the rockers. At the time, the Rockers were considered folk devils, due to their clashes with the scooter riding mods. The mods grew out of the style conscious teddy boys and rode scooters (Vespas & Lambrettas). A hallmark of the rocker culture, leather jackets, boots and jeans were essential attire. The rockers met at what we call truck stops with the most famous being the Ace Café. Rockers disdained drugs and booze, because it takes a clear head to ride at a ton.
Modifying these bikes to ride and race from one coffee bar to the next was a simple affair. Take a Triumph, BSA, Norton, Matchless, AJS, or Royal Enfield and add clip on handlebars. Ditch any extraneous bits and pieces, modify the exhaust, brakes and fenders and you have a basic Café Racer. Café Racer bikes became the rule. Take some youthful rebellion and the desire to be individuals add some horsepower and leather and you end up with the rockers. Rockers liked to ride hard and fast. The expression "Ton-Up" comes from the rocker lexicon, and means 100+ MPH.
The 59 Club is now based in Plaistow, London and meets twice weekly. It
remains a registered charity as established in 1965, and has evolved
into a place where families and individuals are welcome. The
difficulties and expense of getting a motorcycle license has pushed the
membership age upwards, but members aged 18 to 65 still attend. The
management committee has four members who have been helping the club
since the 1960s. The club has been staffed purely by unpaid volunteers
since the early 1990s.
In 2005 the Australian 59 Club members started the official 59 Club branch and became incorporated in 2007. Some of the Australian members were members of the 59 Club in the UK back in the 60’s. The 59 Club has members in every state in Australia, with the two largest branches based in Victoria and Western Australia (see WA Branch Page). In Victoria, two major events are being held, the 59 Anniversary Run and the Mods vs Rockers Run from which money is being raised for charities. Members also participate in Classic Racing Events and the Club has its own Post Classic Race Bike. Club Plate Registration is also available to members under the Club Permit Registration Scheme.
The 59 Club Australia carries on the traditions of which the Club was created.
Rockers Forever! “The Legend Lives On”
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