“Café Racer is an icon of Australian cycling. It’s not only a place where cyclists meet before and after their morning ride; it’s a fundamental part of the vibrant cycling culture we enjoy here in Melbourne. Many people take it for granted and may think that it’s something that’s normal, however I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else in the world.”
Many people believe that Café Racer refers to the thousands of cyclist who would visit the cafe regularly throughout the years. However the cafe was originally started back on June 6, 1995 by Danny Colls a motorcycle enthusiast and multiple Ducati owner.
The term Café Racer (originally pronounced “caff” racer) was born out of the Ace Cafe in London. The patrons would put a coin in the jukebox, race around a circuit on their motorbikes and try to beat the song back to the cafe before it finished. This developed a style of bike called the Café Racer.