Racing In The Street Early Cafe Racer Years 1960 – 63


Author: Billy Wells

“Authentic tales of Early 60’s teenage, motorcycle, daring dynamism and all the surrounding capers and comedy. Vividly told with all the passion and humor of the day.

A historic document on the epoch; chronicling the emergence of the Mods, the coining of the word ‘Rocker’, the rapidly evolving, post war, youth culture.

This story of a young crowd, hanging out in a cafe in Morden, South London, on the edge of a vast Council Estate, is illustrated with many photographs of the bikes and the cafe, fun and games on seaside adventures, racing in the streets of London, scorching down the by-passes at 100 mph plus and general posing.

It spans the years 1960-63 which was a time before there were too many rules. A kid could buy a 650cc motorcycle at 16, tie on some ‘L’ plates and blast off down the highway with fire in his belly and the breeze of glory in his hair.

Some of these guys and girls are still in touch and we all meet for a curry, on occasion. It’s always a laugh.”