Brighton Tattoo Convention and 8 Ball Diner

There are a couple of opportunities on the horizon to check out my photos in print. The first is the Brighton Tattoo Convention Art Show on 29th and 30th January 2011 at Brighton Racecourse. I had some work on display there last year and am looking forward to showing again. Thanks to Woody and Lisa Bolton for arranging this.

The second opportunity will be at the 8 Ball Diner, on the A12 at Rivenall, Essex. Brett Hawkesbee is currently refurbishing the Diner and is using a number of my photos in the interior. The launch date is to be confirmed but I’ll keep you updated. Here’s some info on the 8 Ball.

“The 8 Ball Diner has a mission. We aim to be the best roadside diner in the UK. The 8 Ball is not just a drop in Diner, it’s a destination in its own right. The Diner reflects its owners’ passions for cars and bikes both new and old, 50s lifestyle and Kustom Kulture, but still manages to offer the style and comfort of a truly 21st century restaurant and bar. The Diner opens its doors in January 2011. Ok, it’s the height of winter, and we have an unstable financial climate, bit we feel we have something different to offer which will make the 8 Ball a success.

As a meeting place for car and bike enthusiasts and clubs, we don’t think there is a more suitable facility anywhere. The 8 Ball offers easy access, with a roadside position just 20 miles from the M25. The diner is situated on the A12 Northbound at Rivenhall, Essex, between Chelmsford and Colchester. Parking is available for 200+ bikes, or 70+ cars. The venue offers restaurant and bar facilities, as well as comfortable seating, pool, pinball, and an interior fusing retro imagery and contemporary styling. There is no question that the 8 Ball is all about a love of cars and bikes, but other areas have not been overlooked. The sound system, plasma TVs and air conditioning help create a ‘club’ atmosphere, but that’s not a reason to not indulge in the extensive British and American styled food menu. Bangers and Mash and Steak and Kidney Pudding sit proudly alongside smokehouse Chilis and hand formed Burgers, all of which can be washed down with beer, American lagers, glass bottled colas, or traditional milkshakes.

It’s rare nowadays, to find a privately owned restaurant which is prepared to offer an alternative to the corporate chains, and a space where not every inch of the interior is designed solely to create profit. We believe that the interior space and comfort will meet with the approval of all our customers, and hope to rapidly build a calendar of meetings to suit enthusiasts of a wide range of car and bike subcultures. We welcome clubs or regional groups from London and the South East, as well as East Anglia… Dartford, Kent is just 38 miles, Romford 30 miles, and many parts of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex are a very simple ride/drive away.

If you are involved with a specialist club, magazine or forum, which might be interested to ‘host’ a fortnightly, monthly or bi monthly night at the 8 Ball, please get in touch either by phone, email or letter, as soon as possible. There are possibilities for nights or even weekend breakfast meets, aimed exclusively at enthusiasts of Italian Cars, German Cars, Japanese Cars, Classic British Cars and Bikes, Harleys, Hot Rods, American Cars, Scooters, or if attending in suitable numbers, individual makes such as VW, Classic Fords, Porsches, BMW and many more.”

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