'Cops and Robbers' Ace Cafe

Saturday the 19th August 2017


A visit to the Ace Cafe at Stonebridge off the the North Circular in London was something a lot of Met Traffpols did in the day.

Now it was the clubs turn to attend with a few invites going out to a couple of select non members and a great turnout it was.

 21 cars and bikes made the journey and took over the car park in front of the cafe and put on a fantastic display.



The famous Ace Cafe off the North Circular in London with some of the cars out front.


Nice eclectic mix of cars parked on the road side of the car park.


West End Central's 'Charlie 1' a regular on the classic car show circuit. 

Ernie's Metropolitan Police Jaguar S Type as immaculate as ever.


Not one I have seen before but looked good.  Lancashire Constabulary MkI Ford Transit Van.


A very rare vehicle indeed.  This Range Rover P38 belonged to the Mets Special Escort Group.

It was one of three hurridly ordered in from Range Rover for escort for Princess Diana's Funeral.

As it was a rush order they only had ones with sunroof's so that's what turned up.


Another of the invited guests was this Staffordshire Police Jaguar XJ6 PS.


A car that I have had the pleasure of both riding in and driving.

Dave Malone's Hertfordshire Constabulary MkII Ford Granada.


One of two 4 door Lotus Ford Cortina MkII's that belonged to the short lived Mid Anglia Constabulary.


The second of the two Mid Anglia Constabulary Lotus Ford Cortina MkII's at the Ace Cafe.

Note the cars have sequential VRM's. '579' and '580'


Making up a nice trio of Lotus Ford Cortina MkII's on show was this 2 door version that belonged to

Hampshire Constabulary and was based on the Isle of Wight at East Cowes. Now owned by Graeme Farrar.


After a little shuffle around we managed to get all three Lotus Ford Cortina's lined up next to each other.


 Two oldies together a Hertfordshire Constabulary Velocette and a North Wales BL Mini Van.

The later owned by Alex Lee and always a favourite with the public.


Hampshire Constabulary were one of the first in the country to use Volvo's

This Traffic Patrol Amazon 121 has been restored over the last few years and is looked after

by Steve Woodward who is responsible for organising this event at the Ace Cafe.


Rare beast indeed a Sussex Constabulary Traffic Patrol MGB GT.

This particular one, callsign Tango 230, was based at Horsham.


A regular attendee at displays and shows for the club and now resplendent with

completely re-uphostered seats was Phil Jacob's Hampshire Constabulary BMW 528 E28 Traffic Car.


Nice to see Adrian Cottle at the event all the way up from the West Country.

Certainly a comfortable ride up as I can testify to in his very neat Witlshire Constabulary Driving School Jaguar XJ6.


New member Glenn Harvey has been working hard to get this ex Metropolitan Police RDPG

Vauxhall Omega back to it's former glory.  Starting to look good.


Always an attraction is this gorgeous City of Portsmouth Police Riley RMF

brought to the show by owner Steve Kinch. 


First time that I have seen this on show.

Gary Byrne's latest aquisition a Metropolitan Police Service Ford Sierra Area Car.


Definitley a rare line up indeed.  Three Metropolitan Police Daimler SP250 Darts.

The two black ones in the foreground are owned by John Dorsett and Jonathan Smith respectively.

Great bit of Police history on show.


Parked up next to the Darts was this rare 1966 Metropolitan Police Sunbeam Tiger.


A couple of very smart foreign motorcycles were also on display.

Parked side by side was a Japanese Police Honda CBX750 and an Italian Carabinieri Moto Guzzi. 850-T3.