Iconic U.S. & U.K. Moto Brands to Collaborate on Limited Edition Helmets and Racing Initiatives
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (April 20, 2016) – Bell Helmets, one of the industry’s most iconic brands and a leader in innovative head protection, today announce a multi-year agreement with the 75 year old vanguard of London’s petrol culture and home of the original cafe racer--Ace Cafe London. The transatlantic partnership will fuse the history, authenticity and credibility of the two historic brands in the creation of exclusive limited edition products, while also co-operatively joining together for unique future racing initiatives.
Today, the companies unveil limited edition Ace Cafe Custom 500 and Bullitt Carbon designs. A full race version of the Race Star will arrive later this year in time for the Isle of Man TT. This unique helmet collection pays homage to the original helmets as worn by those who frequented the Ace Cafe and its environs. London’s Ace Cafe opened in 1938 as a roadside pull-in and quickly became a focal point for motorcycle riders. With Bell being the helmet of choice for many international pro road racers for the last half century, cafe racers likewise adopted helmets such that they are an engrained part of the British “Ton Up” motorcycle culture. Now, over sixty years later, the partnership comes full circle in the form of these new collaborative helmet designs.
“This partnership between two of the motorcycle world’s original institutions is as authentic as it gets,” said Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director of Ace Cafe London. “Bell continues to develop state-of-the-art head protection, and the Ace Cafe remains at the forefront of British riding culture. Bell continues to be Ace Cafe’s most trusted brand for head protection, and it is with privilege and pride that we see the Ace’ mark on these great helmets.”
Along with limited edition helmets, Bell and Ace Cafe London are exploring collaborative efforts around major events, shows, racing and the Isle of Man TT.
"Ace Cafe has had a storied and revered reputation in the motorcycle industry for the last 75 years, so we were honored when Mark asked us to bring the Ace Cafe Bell Helmets project to life,” said Chris Sackett, Vice President of Bell Helmets. “The release of the Ace Cafe Custom 500 and Bullitt is only the beginning of what is to come. We plan to collaborate on larger and more influential projects that will capitalize on our shared enthusiasm and passion for motorcycle culture.”
The legendary and iconic Ace Cafe London is the latest in an elite roster of influencers who have partnered with Bell on product designs including Carey Hart, Roland Sands Design, Corey Miller, Skratch, Airtrix and Chem Candy.
Bullitt Carbon – Black Jack
For more information on the helmet please visit www.bellhelmets.com.
Founded by Roy Richter in the garage of a Southern California speed shop in 1954, Bell redefined the racing helmet and in doing so spawned an entire industry. The company is synonymous with protection and progression, and for over 60 years champions in auto, motorcycle and bicycle competitions all over the world have used its helmets. Purpose built, Bell has set the standard for excellence and innovation with nearly every advancement in safety on the list of helmet “firsts." The Scott’s Valley, California company was acquired by Vista Outdoor in April 2016. Bell is online at www.bellhelmets.com
About Ace Cafe London
At Ace Cafe London we welcome all who share our passion, based upon the traditions of motorcycles, cars and rock ‘n’ roll. This is your cafe, devised, designed and built by fellow petrolheads, so enjoy the ambience and ensure that its history lives on. Ace Cafe London is online at www.ace-cafe-london.com.
About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. For news and information, visit www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.