Nov 7, 2005

When I was googling for more "meat on the bones" for my thread about CB750 Honda SOHC I found this, already old invitation to former 59 club members. Being an old 59 member and finding the invitation quite humoristic and truthful I post it here. Actually that is true that before we talked about bikes, ladies and partys now we talk about what medicine we take, what physical problems we have and of course bikes. The stories about huge erotical adventures are just old memories that are fading away slowly and we compensate them by "faked stories".


on Saturday 16th June 2007 5pm until you fall asleep at The Pavillion Pub (opposite Battersea Dogs Home).

Free Entry to nostaligic Rock'n'Roll band plus records. Pub grub and guest real ales. Plus original Rockers Reunion films.


Ton Up Boys - Teds - Greasers - Oily Rags.

If you went to Chelsea Bridge and the 59 Club in the Sixties and on - come and have a sniff on a nosebag full of neuralgia , erm, I mean NOSTALGIA. Let the youngsters have a glimpse of what made us so different!!!

SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR: Father Graham Hullet ex-Leader of the 59 Club in its heyday!


Held at 7 pm on Chelsea Bridge a short memorial service will be held, conducted by Father Graham. To commemorate all those who have lost their lives on "The Bridge" & other rockers' venues over the years, and the many 'Old Rockers' who have since died.

A time to reflect on our lives both past, present and future.

A unique opportunity to meet your old pals and girlfiends and see if they are falling apart as fast as you are. To make the event practical, we have the following;

* Free assistant kickstarters
Free walking stick parking bay and possibly a revolving toilet door,
* Free competition; bring your prescriptions, the one with the most wins,
A nightnurse and a book on improving you memory (in large print),
* Plus a pair of viagra spectacles, to make you look hard.

* A few very special fun events are also lined up, so bring your 'broad' mind.

For more details, tel: 00 35 53 53 91 34 090 (Ireland).

Finally, for your piece of mind, St Thomas Hospital is only a short ambulance drive away.

People are coming from around the world, so be one of them celebrating ...


All are Welcome!!!



Dec 1, 2006
This is the first time I hear of the 59 club, and I'm not sure they accept (aged) new members any longer... :wink:
... but these invitations are nothing short of - HILARIOUS!! :lol:

What's my personal favorite? Oh, quite clearly the "5 pm till you fall asleep" one!

Keep the good stuff coming, Hiko! You're a blast!


Nov 7, 2005
Oh sorry You haven't heard about Club 59.

Below you can see what wikpedia tells about it; and it is a legend. I joined it in 1969.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

59 Club
Formation 1959
Type Motorcycle club
Headquarters London, UK
Membership 26,000 (600 annual renewals)
Official languages English
Founder John Oates
Key people Bill Shergold, Graham Hullett
Staff voluntary

The 59 Club, also written as The Fifty Nine Club and known as "the '9", started as a Church of England-based youth club founded in Hackney Wick on April 2, 1959, in the East End of London, which was an underprivileged area at the time.

It was started by Curate John Oakes, who went on to become the Canon of St. Brides in Fleet Street. Leadership duties were later taken over by Father Graham Hullett and William Shergold. The club became well known, and attracted luminaries such as Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon to its opening night, and later many motorcycling sportsmen and musicians. Its trustees included Bishop Trevor Huddleston, the famous anti-apartheid campaigner. For British motorcyclists, it was famous for being the first places in the UK to preview the previously banned biker movie The Wild One, in 1968.

From 1962 to the early 1970s, the club enjoyed fame as the top hang-out spot for British rockers and motorcyclists, and overall it created a positive archetype for the young members to follow, in the bad boys made good vein. At the time, the rockers were considered folk devils, due to their clashes with scooter-riding mods (see Mods and Rockers). The club had to split in two to keep both sides apart; the mods staying in Hackney Wick, and the rockers moving to a church property in Paddington in the West End of London.

The 59 Club declined considerably from the early 1970s onwards, due to the decline in biking, and because of the management style brought in by later club leader Mike "Cowboy" Cook and a committee that wished to reduce the rocker element. The club still exists in London, and has a large international following. Bill Shergold is the president and Father Scott Anderson is the chairman. The current committee openly accepts rockers.

The 59 Club profited greatly from the work being done by others in the Rocker Reunion Movement, which included a Classic Section, a sub-group of members dedicated to upholding the 1960s rockers subculture (fashion, music and motorcycles). During its 1960s heyday, the club may have been the largest motorcycle club in the world, with over 20,000 members, who had to sign up in person. Members came from all over the UK, and even Europe.

The 59 Club attracted both male and female members, and according to Father Graham, its success was based on its almost entire lack of rules. Besides motorcycles and rock and roll, the club involved activities such as football and sub-aqua diving — which gave the youths, mainly from underprivileged backgrounds, an outlet for their energy. Each year, The club organised ride-outs to famous winter motorcycle rallies such as The Dragon rally in Wales, The Elephant Rally at the Nürburgring in Germany, and to the Isle of Man TT races. The 59 BBQ event still occurs every year at TT in Laxey.

Towards the end of its heyday, the club saw the birth of a very different type of motorcycle club; American-style outlaw motorcycle clubs such as the London-based Road Rats and the California-originated Hells Angels. The rise of these groups, which tended to cater to an older, tougher, and sometimes criminal crowd, pretty much marked the death of the 1960s rockers culture.

The 59 Club is now based in Plaistow, London and meets twice weekly. It remains a registered charity as established in 1965, and has evolved into a place where families and individuals are welcome. The difficulties and expense of getting a motorcycle license has pushed the membership age upwards, but members aged 18 to 65 still attend. The management committee has four members who have been helping the club since the 1960s. The club has been staffed purely by unpaid volunteers since the early 1990s.

As of 2006, The 59 Club has become recognized worldwide as a genuine motorcycle club with a rich history and members all over the globe. Unique to the 59 Club — and one that sets it apart from other motorcycle clubs like The Vagos, The Pagans, The Mongols, The Outlaws or Hells Angels — is the fact that members do not consider themselves One percenters. Their loyalty is to the English motorcycles they ride, and the music/fashion subculture associated with rockabilly, rockers, and cafe racers. The main patrons of this organization are enthusiasts of classic or vintage British and Italian motorcycles such as: Norton, Triumph, Ariel, Matchless, AJS, BSA, Royal Enfield, Moto Guzzi and Ducati. The 59 club currently maintains links with both the Ace Cafe and the Rockers Reunion. As of 2006, the club had over 29,500 members, of which around 600 renewed their subscription each year. Also worthy of mentioning is the fact that the club is not a 'christian motorcycle club' and has no church agenda, it merely started out as a church-sponsored youth group.

Here you can find more information.