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16 JULY ’70s DAY

Dust down your Grif­fin, dig out your 14-inch flares and skintight Bay City Rollers T-shirt, it’s time to re­live the 1970s. Ex­pect glit­ter-flake paint, twostroke fumes, packs of Fizzies, chop­pers and a good­time vibe. The Ace crowd ebbs and flows through­out the day, so pull up a chair, spark up a No.6, sit back and soak up the show. Where: Ace Cafe, Lon­don How much: free Go: ace-cafe-lon­ 0208 961 1000


This meet, at Shrop­shire’s pop­u­lar Raven Cafe, is at­tempt­ing to be the big­gest gath­er­ing of fe­male bik­ers on the planet – they’re hop­ing to top 1000. It’s aimed at women, but blokes can pop along; there’s a sep­a­rate bike park for us her­berts. As well as con­nect­ing rid­ers, en­cour­ag­ing ride-outs (there are plenty of spec­tac­u­lar routes lead­ing from Whitchurch) you’ll be able to get stuck into the vast (and highly rec­om­mended)

menu at Lynn’s Cafe. Kick-off is at 9am – per­fect tim­ing for a colos­sal break­fast in fact. Where: Lynn’s Raven Cafe, Whitchurch, Shrop­shire How much: free (not food) Go: face­ events/598201203708693/


The coastal Lin­colnshire re­sort is fa­mous for its win­ter beach races, but there’s good rea­son to ride there in sum­mer too – to the Bike Night. The High Street is the hot spot for bikes, beer, music and stuff to gawp at. The ride-in from the north on the A1031 coastal road is a blast, yes, but by far the best route in is fol­low­ing the A157 from just south of Louth – it’s bend af­ter bend af­ter bend. Just keep your eyes peeled for trac­tors, cam­eras and 30 lim­its. Kicks off at 6pm and goes un­til 9. Where: Mablethorpe High Street, Lincs How much: it’s free Go: face­ events/1635016776790665/


Blimey, round six al­ready? Yup, and both rid­ers and spec­ta­tors love Don­ing­ton’s swoopy lay­out. Plus, this CRMC meet­ing is part of the Don­ing­ton Clas­sic Fes­ti­val, so there’ll be own­ers’ club bikes, trade stands, pa­rades, spe­cial guests and... a re­laxed noise limit for the two days. Where: Don­ing­ton Park, Le­ics How much: adults £17 each day (£30 w/e), £12 se­nior ci­ti­zens, chil­dren 13 and un­der free Go: don­ing­

Oliver’s Mount, 1984. Can you name these 12 rid­ers? An­swers on page 97 4 3 5 1 2 6

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