The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2014
This year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, held on Sunday, 28th September 28, has been hailed a great success with over $1,615,000 raised so far in the aid of finding a cure for men’s health issues.
The mass-participation charity event – with 258 rides across 57 countries – smashes last year’s $277,000 fundraising efforts, helped in part to the backing of Triumph Motorcycles as a global partner.
Founded in Australia, the light-hearted ride sees thousands of sharply dressed motorcyclists come together in vintage attire to raise funds to help find a cure for Prostate Cancer. This year’s event was the third running and was held in more than 150 cities.
The mass turnout and global participation also shows how well the custom-bike culture continues to thrive and is here to stay. In keeping with the ride’s old-school theme, all sorts of period customs featured among the collection of classics, cafe racers, bobbers, scramblers and trackers, plus a few from modern-day.
Event founder Mark Hawwa kicked off the suited ride after taking inspiration from the television show, Mad Men. He is also the founder of Throttle Roll (read more here) and Australian Cafe Racers, the latter a popular Facebook community of enthusiasts responsible for bringing the charity ride to life.
“I wanted to bring together the global cafe racer and custom scene with some important criteria – dress like a gent, wear open-face lids and ride a bike with appropriate character,” Hawwa says.
“Our first focus was on fun, but we also wanted to break the stereotypes a lot of society associates with men on bikes while also raising funds for men’s health issues.”
In addition to Triumph’s involvement with planning and logistics, this year sees charities linking on an international scale to ensure funds raised in each country go to a charity in that country.
The DGR is an event primarily for the custom-bike scene and Hawwa aims to keep it that way to ensure it remains true to its roots. “We never claim or will claim to be a ride for everyone. The DGR is about quality, not quantity,” Hawwa says.
Look for the full report in the next issue of Motorcycle Trader.
For event details and donations visit www.GentlemansRide.com