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Ace Cafe London send off

Peter Williams at Brands Hatch 1967

We’re a little short of photos of our growing group of “Moskvateers” and, to some extent, I have been guilty of using this as an excuse for not posting news updates.  Readers who are not regularly in touch with the organisers of this ride might be forgiven for thinking that nothing much is happening when, in fact, quite a lot has been going on behind the scenes. This photograph is of former GP champion, Peter Williams, racing at Brands Hatch in 1967.

The famous Ace Cafe London has kindly offered to host a celebrity send off on 16th June 2011.  More details on this will follow as our plans become more concrete.  However, we can announce that Peter Williams has agreed to wave the metaphorical checkered flag and send us on our way.  Longtime GP fans will remember that Peter Williams’ successful racing career came to an end in 1974 due to injuries sustained in a horrendous crash at Oulton Park.  What set Williams apart from his fellow competitors was his close involvement with the design and development of the bikes he rode.  Since he finished racing, Peter Williams has continued to work in motorcycle design.  Always at the cutting edge of innovation, in 2009 Williams went into collaboration with Lotus to develop an all-electric version of the monocoque design Norton on which he won the Isle of Man TT in 1973.  He has also recently published an autobiography, “Designed to Race”, and has reunited with Norton to help with the detail design of the new 961 Commando after market and performance parts.

Also in the news … if you’ve looked at the Riders page recently, you will see that we have recruited another rider: an American friend, Doug Kenyon, who we met in 2001 while riding Route 66 with The Mother Road Ride/Rally. Doug has probably more touring miles than the rest of us put together and has been itching to ride in Europe since 2004 when, as relative strangers, he generously lent us his Honda Valkyrie for a US trip. We hope that Doug’s participation will attract the interest (and sponsorship) of his many biking friends in the States!

We have also recruited a support driver, John Plumb. John is also a keen biker, so will start and finish the ride on two wheels, picking up the support car after our Ace Cafe launch.

There is more news in the pipeline and we look forward to making further exciting announcements very soon.

With best wishes for every success in the New Year.