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One of our favorite films is The Leather Boys, set in the gritty London of 1964. It’s a beautiful film that captures the emotional struggles of this period. It portrays the need of working class kids to escape their parent’s Victorian attitudes and lifestyles. These kids’ weapons of revolution are motorcycles tearing into rock n roll- rockers without a cause.

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It’s fantastic to see the original Ace Café in all it’s glory. The director Sidney Furie used real customers and rockers as extras to give the film a more authentic feel.

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Reggie rides a Triumph Speed Twin with a "bathtub" fairing, but trades it for a Bonneville when Pete beats him on a Norton Dominator in a race.
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The story revolves mainly around the lives of two teenagers; Dot who is 15 and still in high school, and her boyfriend Reggie a working class mechanic, that decide to get married at a very young age for all the wrong reasons. The marriage turns sour almost immediately, and halfway through their honeymoon the two start to drift apart. Reggie begins spending more time with his new friend Pete, racing bikes along the North Circular road.
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The kids wear Everoak and Cromwell jet helmets- the most modern of the day- with Stadium goggles, Lewis Leathers and Barbour waxed rain-suits. It's a joy to see all of this clothing worn by original hipsters of this current cafe racer revival.
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It’s also cutting edge in the fact that it was one of the first films to violate the Hollywood production and censorship codes by having a main gay character. The film was adapted from the novel by Gillian Freeman that was much more explicit, and censored in her screeplay to the point of being acceptable for release.
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We've made a set of t-shirts celebrating this 60s cult classic and inspired by the two lead characters. Click here to purchase:

http://www.johnsonmotorsinc.com/collections/t-shirts

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