The Ace Cafe. Opened in 1938 on the new North Circular Road, ruined in a wartime air raid, rebuilt in 1949, motorbikers' mecca through the Fifties and Sixties, closed in 1969. And, nowadays, very much open.
John Simister: Saabs at the Ace
A deep concern for the planet's welfare ensures that the cars in John Simister's current assemblage of classics all have engines of under a litre, including a two-stroke Saab which causes the road behind to disappear from view after a cold start. This squares well with John's status as a Car of the Year jury member and a writer both on modern cars and old ones, the latter for Octane and Practical Classics. He has been a journalist since 1984, and lives in the Chiltern Hills with his wife Deborah and a dog called Sprocket.