Last Sunday we took part in what is perhaps the biggest spectacle in the Australia motorcycle calendar, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR). With 500+ riders registered to just the Sydney event alone, it was set out to be yet another very dapper outing.
For those who know nothing of it, DGR was set up in 2012 by Mark Hawwa after seeing a photograph of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic Café Racer in a fine, crisp suit. This was enough to inspire the ‘gentleman’ themed ride, and after a roaring success in the first year with 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the organizers to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause. And the rest, as they say, is stylishly-attired history.
In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277,000 for prostate cancer research. In 2014, all funds raised will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation in the UK, USA and Australia, with a relevant men’s health charity for Asia to be advised.
In 2014, 18,242 riders took part across 258 cities in 57 countries, raising a whopping $1,675,281
Fearless leaders giving the instructions
Excitement for the ride was at it’s peak and this could be felt upon arrival as hundreds of tweed laden folk hurried around polishing their gas tanks and making the final tweaks to their outfits.
The range motorcycles on show were truly a sight to behold, with everything from barely held together vintage beauties to fully modified modern customs.
The route according to Google took around 1 hour, heading out of the University, through Newtown and into the city centre before returning back to Camperdown to set down.
Don’t miss out on next years event, find out more when the time comes on their website.
Below are a few snaps we took on the day:
Mark Hawwa and Red Foo
Ronan Keating & friends
Ronan & Red Foo setting off
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