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.