Even the wet weather couldn’t put a damper on the high spirits at September’s Brighton Burn-up, which saw thousands of bikers turn out for some rip-roaring riding, rocking and rolling over an action-packed three days.
Over the weekend of 8, 9 and 10 September, bikers braved the wet weather, revving up to the coolest café in the capital from all over the country – and beyond – for a celebration of the unique style, culture and history of this London institution and everything it represents.
The Continental Ride-In to the Ace Café welcomed riders from across Europe on the Friday, who were treated to an evening of live music and DJ sets at London’s famously cool cafe, starting the weekend off with a bang!
A wheely good weekend
Saturday morning saw café racers and rockers ride out from the Ace Café and rev up to Battersea Park, displaying their best riding skills along the way in the hopes of scooping a top prize.
Awards were dished out for the best bikes and the most skilled riders were recognised for their achievements at the hotly contested competition later in the day.
Sunday, meanwhile, promised to be an action-packed culmination of a cracking weekend, with riders bound for the coast waved off from the Ace Café by the mayor of Brent in the morning. Over in Brighton, the 24th celebration of all things bike was getting underway beside the sea, well attended by around 8,000 people, according to estimates.
Visitors old and young were treated to a day of family fun as tons of trade stalls and club stands set up along Madeira Drive displaying bevvies of beautiful bikes and all the related regalia. From apparel and accessories to rare memorabilia and spare parts, there were bags of bargains to be had in Brighton.
The hottest highlights
Music is a key part of all the best biking events and The Brighton Burn-up is never an exception. The stage was packed with live bands and special guests for the full day and various contests were held on the Sunday, including a competition to crown the finest scooters in attendance.
Meanwhile, roller derby league the London Rockin Rollers were on hand to entertain the crowds with their skating skills and plenty of food and drink stalls set up specially to help riders refuel during the day’s events.
Of course, the Carole Nash team was in attendance, snapping selfies with bike enthusiasts, while our insurance specialists dished out free quotes to help riders save a packet on their bike insurance premiums.
Visitors to our stall were treated to a goodie bag for their trouble and our free prize draw was a big hit – congratulations to the winner, Dennis from West Sussex, who rode off with a GoPro!