The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride is an event for classic and classic styled motorcycles and retro scooters, conceived by Sydney-sider Mark Hawwa, that has become a global phenomenon. Every major city in the world joins in with hundreds of thousands of classic bike enthusiasts taking part.
Each May, the various city contingents roll out their cafe racers, scooters, side cars and facial hair to raise millions for men's mental and physical health. The Illawarra has raised over half a million dollars so far and the ride along Australia's famous route just gets bigger and bigger every year.
Local sponsors provide prizes for the most successfully sponsored bikers and Illawarra venues play host to the start and finish lines of the 50km track. This year it was the turn of the Australian Motor Life Museum in Dapto to host the breakfast meet-up, providing coffee carts and a warm welcome. And the generous host of the finishing line, BBQ and band was Club Windang by Lake Illawarra.
The Grand Pacific crew rolled out for the third year running and we have to give it to the course designers, it was a spectacular ride along the country lanes in the midst of the Big Edge. Dressed dapper in field tweeds and sporting some well groomed facial hair, the posse followed out event special guest Mark Hawwa to hundreds of waving spectators along Grand Pacific Drive. Even the bike dogs joined in with their flying goggles and tweed jackets.
The next Distinguished event is their classic car day in September. We are amped for that. See you there.