Our September Issue (Volume 25) covered the brilliant worldwide mission of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a fundraiser bringing together gentlefolk across the globe for a great cause. This excerpt is from the print edition:
On Sunday, September 25th, more than 50,000 snazzy riders in over 500 cities across 90 countries (united) for the world’s largest motorcycling charity event, upon their classic & vintage styled wheels. Cafe Racers, vintage choppers, custom brilliance… if it’s fancy and/or retro it’s in there. It is the fashionable and elite feel of these bikes that make the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride the unique event that it is. While encouraged to take part in cheering on the retinue, basic bikes do not join in the actual ride itself and drivers show up in their fanciest duds, right down to fabulously coiffed moustaches to show off their prized motos.
Sponsored by Triumph, the ride involves countries across the continents, from Andorra to Wales and everything in between. Now in its fifth year, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of prime time’s Don Draper of Mad Men 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 the niche motorcycle communities together. That first ride in 2012 was so successful it encouraged him to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.
There is a community of support within each city that brings riders together and the premise gives a prime accessible opportunity for awareness of men’s health issues that are notoriously absent from conversation but vitally important to draw attention to and create dialogue around. Prostrate cancer is a focus through the recently aligned Movember Foundation, although the ride raised millions in funds independently for the first years with sincere dedication and commitment. The loss of an esteemed member this past year has now also prompted the addition of suicide prevention and mental health to their cause.
We were extremely honored that Royce Rumsey, who was profiled in TPM’s Volume 23 (July 2016) attended the Orange County segment of the event and captured these photos. In Royce’s words:
2016 marked the inaugural Orange County Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride event—joining the scores of other venues and tens of thousands of riders participating in this most worthy event for men’s’ health concerns.
The OC DGR event started at motorcycle retail store in Newport Beach and traversed down the famous California Pacific Coast Highway through Corona Del Mar, the famous Laguna Beach and on to historic Dana Point Harbor—with a return leg back to Newport Beach.
As one might expect in Southern California this inaugural event was well attended and populated by spectacular vintage café-racers of every stripe and era. And the riders, living up to the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride motif were fitted in dapper finery. The gathering at Dana Point for group pictures was a distinguished collection of twill, tweed and other vestaments of fashion– befitting a distinguished gentleman and a great time was had by all—with great anticipation of next year’s event which should prove to be even larger and bring even more attention to this great event and cause.
A very special thank you to Royce Rumsey’s Auto-Focused Automotive Enthusiast Photoimagery (Can also be reached at 949 510 5974)
The Ride still needs your help to reach our goal in the support of prostate cancer research and male suicide prevention, donations close October 31st, 2016.
Make a difference, donate now at http://www.gentlemansride.com/LCNWQ8