Carla McKenzie and Julia Diplock, two businesswomen in their fifties who just love riding bikes, are planning a London to Paris ride in September on two motorcycles that simply couldn’t be more different – a 500cc 1926 Model Q complete with hand-change and lever throttle and a state-of-the-art Zero electric machine that will restrict the daily range to about 70 miles.
The aim is to stick as closely as possible to old roads and green lanes while raising money for three really worthwhile charities:-
■ The Lieut Dougie Dalzell MC Memorial Trust offering support and assistance to soldiers who are currently serving, or have served, in the Armed Forces (www.dougiedalzellmemorialtrust.co.uk).
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■ The Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance providing an emergency service to patients suffering trauma or medical emergencies (www.kssairambulance.org.uk) .
■ The Joan Seeley Memorial Trust founded by Colin Seeley to provide pain relief and medical equipment for hospitals and hospices throughout the UK (joanseeleytrust.co.uk).
Donations can be made online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarlaMcKenzie1.
Read more in the August 2018 issue of OBM – on sale now!