HUNDREDS of Perth’s vintage, retro and custom bike riders showed out in force today to support the global fundraising motorcycle event, the Distinguished Gentlemans Ride.
The official DGR website showed 517 riders registered for the event in Perth (plus one in Karratha and 20 in Busselton) and a West Australia fundraising effort of just over $103,000 towards prostate cancer research and suicide prevention. Nationally, 4380 registered riders contributed to a tally of more than $800,000 while the global figures were almost 56,000 riders and more than $US3 million across 90 countries.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney 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 Perth ride started at the Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach then meandered down to the Fremantle Sailing Club, causing a virtual traffic standstill along the trendy Fremantle cafe strip.
We cracked out the Nikon at the amphitheatre to capture these pics.