On Sunday September 24th, tens of thousands of distinguished gentlefolk in hundreds of cities worldwide pressed their cravats, tweaked their moustaches, pressed their tweeds and set off astride their classic and vintage style motorcycles to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and men's mental health.
The funding of men's mental health programs is a Distinguished Gentleman's Ride focus, in addition to prostate cancer research through their new official charity partner The Movember Foundation.
Worldwide there were 92,945 riders who raised $4,549,085 globally and in Chester we played our part too - raising just under £6,000 through our 130 registered riders.
We took our riders out to The Ice Cream Farm in Tattenhall, enjoying our beautiful Cheshire countryside, before heading back through Chester’s city center to park up by the River Dee and then head off to Chester Racecourse for a drinks reception laid on by Bill Smiths on the roof top terrace at 1539 Chester Racecourse.
Riders young and old made so much effort to help spread the word and raise awareness for these great causes that hamper so many men’s lives. This year we had many new riders who had only just passed their test - it’s a steady ride so it was perfect for them; and we think rider numbers are increasing for this ride year on year because more people in and around Chester simply want to get a classic café racer type bike that David Beckham and Tom Hardy like so much for the style aspects which seem so on trend!
Iconic Café Racer bike fan Ian Pulston-Davies - Recent Sky Atlantic Tin Star & well known Corrie Actor also joined us for the ride – he is a true Gent and we thank him for taking time out of his busy schedule to help raise awareness.
These charities aim to ½ the number of deaths to Prostate & Testicular Cancer by 2030. They also aim to reduce men’s suicide rates by 25% by 2030 - currently a man dies every minute globally from suicide and we hope events like this will highlight instead of hide this fact and of course go some way to combat it!
Globally Men die 6 years earlier than women from largely preventable causes; Prostate Cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in men and by 2030 will see over 1.7million men living with it. Testicular Cancer numbers have doubled in the last 50 years and funds raised will help towards finding a cure!
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a celebration of the art of being dapper and classic custom motorcycles.
What does that mean, you ask?
Think: Monocles, jaunty trimmed moustaches, silk vests, crisp shirts and tailored suits.
Ride: Cafe' Racer, Bobber, Classic, Tracker, Scrambler, Old School Chopper, Modern Classic, Sidecar, Classic Scooter, Brat Styled motorcycles. Visit our style guide to check out the bikes that make The Distinguished Gentleman’s the unique event that it is.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together.
That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.
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Call us at Bill Smith Motors on 01244 323845 for any further information about this years ride or our plans for 2018!