Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride
Written by Mark Hawwa – Founder of the Distinguished Gentlemans Ride.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride had very basic beginnings when I created the event three years ago. I wanted to unite the classic and custom classic motorcycle scene. This idea turned into 2,500 dapper ladies and gents riding on the same day throughout 64 cities all across the globe back in 2012.
This year again, ladies and gents will be dressing in their finest for this ride on the same day, only now with over 30,000 riders across over 80 countries. This has turned into what would have to be the largest global rides held. The 400 cities involved in this years ride has formed a beautiful community for riders of café racers, bobbers, classics, brats, trackers, choppers and everything niche bike in-between.
With over 240 cities in more than 55 countries involved, it’s already the biggest united motorcycle ride in the world. And if you get yourself along to this weekend’s ride you’ll not only see a whole bunch of sweet bikes, meet some great people and have an amazing day – you’ll also be doing your part to help the fight against prostate cancer. They’ve already raise a whopping USD$900,000; now they need your help to get it over the 1 million dollar line.
Need another reason to get involved? Well, you damn well shouldn’t… but we’re going to give you one anyways. Those who register and manage to raise more than $100 will go into the draw to win this sweet Triumph Thruxton you see above.
So do your bit and register now at www.gentlemansride.com
This picture of Don Draper straddling a vintage Matchless motorcycle in a very sharp suit has sparked an international motorcycle event. It’s been named the ‘Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride’ and is the work of Mark Hawwa from the Sydney Cafe Racers. “The idea was actually sparked by members in our Perth chapter” says Mark. On the 30th of September, riders from all around the world will be donning their best suit and ties (smoking pipes optional) and taking to the streets. We’re told there’s already a thousand riders from 20 cities around the world participating. “We are expecting this to grow as people organise their own events and inform us” says Hawwa. “At the moment the cities involved are – Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Portland, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Gauteng, Sicily, Paris, Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and London.”
The rules for the ride are pretty simple. Everyone has to wear a suit – the bikes should be Café Racers, Bobbers, Retros, Flat Trackers, Brat or Modern Classics (and metal scooters… yep no plastic). “The ride needs to take the participants through the busy areas of each city which also ensures a slow speed” says Mark. “It’s not our intention to see people going fast especially in this un-suit-able attire”. Boom tish.